Pregnancy and childbirth are hard, and as many as X% of women struggle with parental and postpartum depression. Sonde aims to find an alternative – and objective – way to help women who are at risk for this type of depression.
Pregnancy and childbirth are hard, and as many as 20% of women struggle with parental and postpartum depression. Sonde aims to find an alternative – and objective – way to help women who are at risk for this type of depression.
The app walks users through a series of voice-based exercises that are designed to collect a range of vocal biomarkers. The first step is to prove the technology is a viable alternative to traditional screening methods, but in the future, the potential for a consumer-facing app will bring mental health care to those who may not get it otherwise.
Product strategists, Project Manager, 2 Product Designers (My Role), Client Product Owner, Client Subject Experts, Clinical Psychiatrist
The project started with an abbreviated design sprint, where through a series of exercises we dreamed up ways to harness this new technology. Our goal was to find a balance between pushing the boundaries and respecting existing comfort zones.
During user interviews, we learned about pain points in the current app and the complicated emotional intricacies of pregnancy. We learned how important it was to design an experience that was sensitive and thoughtful, being that depression is such a personal and emotional subject matter. We introduced a character to guide users through the experience, helping users feel more comfortable.
Wireframes & Prototypes
Look & Feel
The visual style of the app features soft gradients, layering, and paper textures, creating a tactile experience that differentiates it from other research studies like HealthKit and ResearchKit apps. The Look & Feel creates a product that feels approachable, yet trustworthy – both important traits to perinatal and postpartum women.
Keynote & Press
UX Copenhagen 2017
My coworker and myself were invited to speak at UX Copenhagen in March 2017. Since Sonde was a unique opportunity to design for a female audience, we choose to speak about inclusivity in design and the importance of designing around unconscious gender biases.
Watch the keynote here