A main inspiration for this project was the well-produced Footprint calculator found at http://www.footprintcalculator.org/. Their organization has a clear purpose that is properly portrayed through their mandate. My goal was to re-iterate their purposes through a mobile application. I found their product to gather personal information efficiently and returned a result that is concise and informative. These key points absolutely had to be reiterated in my product.
Eco Footprint is a digital service that helps you understand your daily choices and their impact on your environment. According to the Global Footprint Network, by August 2017, we had already used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. Of course, these are mostly consequences of our luxurious lifestyle and its industries. The Earth itself cannot sustain such overconsumption.
Eco Footprint has the goal to help users reduce their environmental footprint by making them self-conscious of their daily consumption decisions. The application will encourage a green lifestyle through information and progress-tracking.
Users begin by filling a quick survey about their consumption by type of footprint. The primary consumption categories are food, shelter, mobility, goods and services. These all encompass daily choices revolving around food, energy and population. The results of the survey will help pinpoint key activities that will be focused on to reduce the ecological footprint. Filtered tips and information will help users reduce their consumption to reach a much desired lifestyle.
The Eco Footprint tracking application enables data tracking foremost, allowing its users to add and visualize their ecological consumption based on the information the user decides to insert. In foresight, the action of inserting data manually may seem time consuming. A user’s time is precious, thus to keep time consumption to a bare minimum, data insertion reminders are kept to a bare minimum. Instead, notifications are used to remind users of their daily actions and consequences. At the end of the day, users have more time to insert and evaluate their daily consumption.
To entice users to keep using the application, badges will be obtainable through an achievement system. These will encourage users to aim towards a certain goal. These badges will simply be portrayed on their profiles, which acts as a panel for the social network environment. They are a representation of their hard work, and can be used to convince others to join in on the better lifestyle changes.
But what happens when a user completes his commitment? Is the neat colored badge the end-goal? Eco Footprint’s end-game is to encourage to continue this a greener lifestyle. Users will be encouraged to continue with their now better lifestyle and award the users that present continued progress. None of the progress will matter if the user doesn’t adopt this new behavior/lifestyle.
You can find the prototype to this project here: https://xd.adobe.com/embed/f4a24d92-ed25-4ec4-a4b9-6052b2c91658
I've also worked on another project about ecological footprints, check out Hop In!: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YZK6fHGgUxMGD5APqhlOQ4GthzKRhQhDXsXC9DY-RXg/edit?usp=sharing