Here is everything I’ve done in bulletpoints over the last 120 days of my fourth and final year of Digital Interaction Design:

 

  • Decided to investigate anxiety and mental wellbeing
  • Established contact with the Mental Health Foundation (MHF)
    • Josefien Breedvelt – Research Manager of MHF
    • Quynh Pham – Winner of Janice Sinson Award 2015 for her work with using apps to combat anxiety attacks.
  • Investigated Mental Health Foundation’s research papers
    • Fundamental Facts
    • Living With Anxiety
  • Attended ‘Living Life To The Full’ course run by University of Dundee Counselling Service
    • Introduced to current anxiety treatments
      • In the form of CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Picked up a copy of Why Do I Feel So Bad – a short booklet which explains the effects of anxiety and introduces the concept of a ‘vicious circle’ in regards to anxiety and depression.
  • Interviews with University of Dundee Counselling Service (UoD Counselling)
    • Talked to Caroline Adamson – Clinical Lead
      • Discussing current anxiety treatment approaches including CBT and reporting tools.
      • Investigation into any apps or services they recommend.
    • Encouragement to go back and do a co-design session with a couple of counsellors.
  • Interviews with individuals who have anxiety at levels which directly affects their every day lives.
    • These individuals remain unnamed as a result of the sensitivity of the topic.
    • The aim was to have coffee conversations which would yield genuine insights, requirements and stories of their experience of anxiety and road to overcoming it.
  • Creation of four personas to represent the individuals interviewed combined with insights from MHF and UoD Counselling
  • Rip & mix session with my ideas.
    • Became interested in weather data and seismographic reporting and data visualisation.
  • Moodboard to investigate the visual language of medicines and pharmaceuticals.
  • Investigation into the visual language of seismographs.
    • Creation of physical models
    • Moodboard
  • Moodboard of electropsychometers used by Scie***logy
    • Dark I know, but if their visual language makes/made people believe it is/was legit, I thought it was worth investigating.
  • Discussion with Rodney Mountain about idea.
    • Rodney is often in contact with patients who are diagnosed with cancer or other life changing diseases.
    • “This idea could be life changing”
    • “It’s brilliant”
    • “We all have a natural wave motion for our emotions and mental wellbeing. But for some, the peaks and troughs are much taller and deeper”
    • “Men particularly have a very difficult time talking about their emotional and mental health. I ask about their mental wellbeing but am always met with ‘I’m fine’. Six months later, many fall as deep into depression that they are institutionalised.”
    • Pointed me in the direction of psychologist Lesley Howells from Maggies Centre Dundee.
  • Creation of “seven:”, a booklet which allows individuals to record how they feel/felt throughout their day for one week.
    • This is plotted on a linear graph and comments are below.
    • Two versions, one for mood, one for anxiety.
    • Given to five individuals
    • Asked to tell me how it went after their week.
      • Through a questionnaire.