UX UI Ninja​​

Hello!  Welcome to my online portfolio. My name is Christy-Ann and I am an interface and user experience designer. I have created my own creative brand called UIUX Ninja

My favourite projects

Vegan Kitchen

Creating a smart space for a client. The smart space must be built custom to the client’s lifestyle. This smart space can be in one of the following spaces:

Entertainment area (living room)
Own space

It was important to use existing technology in order for technology to be implemented as soon as possible. This means a lot of research had to be done to ensure the interface-controlling hub can be built around all these technologies. I chose to design a smart kitchen around the concept of veganism and green living. This idea came to mind when I realized the world of technology has so much potential to make the world a better greener environment. I wanted to implement the concept in a space used by everyone every day. This smart kitchen is developed around a vegan and environmentalist persona ideology who wants to lower a carbon footprint impact on the world.

Intense research was done to make sure every scenario and technology can be applied in final designs. User Flows and system diagrams are drawn up in order to understand the users needs and journey through the system. The way the user would move through the smart environment and will the user be able to complete the idealized tasks and achieve their goal in the end. The layout of wireframes is drawn up to help develop the final interface product, which the user will navigate to control certain technologies or perform tasks.

The concept developed when I saw a restaurant menu board that was all done in chalk. This made a beautiful rustic ambiance in the restaurant. The chalkboard could be seen as a waste-free and creative way to display information. This fit Cara (persona) perfectly who loves the natural freehand, illustrative style (fits her career as an illustration artist) and the organic lines simulates natures (which she loves and wish to save).

Visual language
Colour use is chosen to its unique relation to food . I took a collage of vegan food images and noticed what colour is the most prominent colour in the image. Not to light nor to dark orange was the most prominent colour. When I began using it in by designs if fit perfectly towards the theme of homemade food I wanted to convey. Icons and elements are designed in a illustrated free hand style witch fit persona perfectly because she is a illustrator herself that enjoys illustration and creativity. No elements are structures or rules bound to them. This can be seen by the way text and direction arrows and free hand illustrations that seem to have no boundaries to them. It doesn't feel robotic but rather natural to the creative user.
The colour use and a themed chalkboard visual effect brought a organic green kitchen to live. The font used was primarily handwritten font but it was important to make text legible handwritten font. But when it came to smaller text a normal Avenir font where use to keep the small text readable without effort.
These designs are specifically placed on surfaces to be visualisable to user how what to prepare food. First interaction is the fridge interface reason being that throughout my research I establish that people tend to see what is in fridge before preparing for dinner or lunch. This interface helps user choose healthy low carbon footprint recipes based on the contents in her fridge. She begins her journey by logging in through the hand scanner. The reason is that everyone in the household has different preferences when it comes to their favourite food. So when her husband wants to make lunch for himself he will get his favourite personalised selections. While if Cara logins in she can choose to cook according to her family's preferences or her own. Images on the fridge can be resized and changed. Displays of important notes are shown on the fridge so that the household remember things.

On the recipes is carbon footprint impact and nutritional value shown. Nutritional value of the meal is displayed (through my research I discovered that this is an important aspect to vegan to know their nutritional intake, they might have short some nutrients because they don’t eat certain foods) and the carbon impact indicator is specifically designed around her persona who wants to know the carbon footprint impact on the world and showing what this impact will be will set her mind at ease. Carbon footprint is calculated by all the energy and waste used to grow all contents for the meal, water used and what the carbon footprint was to bring it to her home and while she is cooking it. The little bit of personality through the text in buttons and illustration in background covey the uniqueness of every screen alike a personality is unique from every person.

When she has chosen the recipe and is happy with her results she can begin taking the contents out of fridge and pantry. When the user takes items out of fridge and pantry user places these items onto the countertop next to the fridge. The software will recognize that this specific item is placed on the counter and it will be checked on the list on the fridge as done it will also register which contents are still needed to complete recipe.

When all contents are on countertop will the stovetop begin to preheat the pan. Clear instructions and cutting guides are given throughout the cooking process through use of Alexa (voice intelligence) video or the guides given on counter top. While waiting for food to simmer and cook can the user go through analyse of the wellbeing of her garden kitchen through using the hub. Or set up a digital themed table display she likes. The hub is connected to all the different smart devices in kitchen . From the lights till the composter that automatically compost all leftovers.

When it’s time to sit down for dinner can user see her foods nutritional and carbon footprint impact of the meal. Reassuring that this is a meal that is good for her family and environment.
One of the important things I wanted to showcase in these designs is the personality of system. Personality gives the system human like features, which makes the user trust the system, more. These writing can be seen by the way user is greeted on home page and lead through the proses. The system should not feel robotic or forced in any way but rather a helping cooking guide that she has a conversation with and trust. This personality is also conveyed by the use of text in buttons and illustrative style that feels unique to interface. Guided pointing arrows are used in designs to help guide user.

Smart kitchen designed to help a vegan mother prepare food for her family that is nutritious and has a low carbon footprint. In her kitchen she has a smart self-sustainable plant system, smart composter and smart fridge. Interactive display on surface that is controlled by interactions on surface. All these technologies work together to achieve her goal to live a low carbon healthy lifestyle that does not hurt the environment.

The user has to Login with her hand (hand scanner on the fridge)
The reason is that everyone in the household has different preferences when it comes to their favourite food. So when her husband wants to make lunch for himself he will get his favourite selections. Cara logins in and later she will be asked for who she is cooking, and the software will show them the whole family’s preferences. Images on the fridge can be resized and changed. Display of important notes the household has to remember.