Some years ago, we gave my grandma an iPad which made the internet accessible for her and most important of all, she was able to stay in touch with us, her family. But she never really used a computer before, so she didn't know how to handle all the apps, with their different symbols and functions. For everything she wanted to do, she first had to get instructions by me how it works. Also she wanted to stay in touch with her friends by chatting but most of them didn't even have a mobile device, mostly because they didn't know how to operate it.
Because of this story and because of the fact that so many other elderly people are suffering from senior-unfriendly apps, I created this concept and prototype for an app called "Café Satz". It's targeted at people from 65+ years with larger typography, legible fonts and colours. Also I tried to reduce the amount of symbols, so the app could be used without a lot of explanations before. The moving shapes are inspired from coffee stains and coffee steam rising.
Sign Up by creating a new account with some personal details.
Start a personal chat with one of your friends by going to your contact list.
Under different topics you can create your own group chats or join local groups.
With the radar function, you can find people near you and check out their profile before contacting them. So you can get to know people that you would maybe never meet on the street.
When you want to find a very special friend that doesn't show up in the radar, you can also find them through searching their name.
This part of the application helps you to find help from other people or to invite more publicly to a meeting. If you want to help someone, just contact them via the detail card. All appointments are arranged by date and time.
You need to go to the supermarket and don't have a car? This is how you can add your own appointment to ask for help.
This project was planned at HTWG Konstanz and redesigned in 2018