Arrive is an online forum that provides personalized information recommendations, articles, and local services for recently immigrated families with kids.
This project was originally from our Design research class taught by Amy Bickerton. We conducted research in teams to help our client, The Neighbor Project, and identified effective ways to increase community engagement in the Potrero neighborhood (San Francisco). I took this research project from that class, and designed Arrive individually.
Research - 2 months
Design - 1 month
Sometimes, it's hard for families (with kids) who have recently immigrated to the United States to feel conﬁdent and comfortable in their communities.
Recently immigrated families (with kids) aren’t aware of what they don’t know until it’s too late.
These families can easily feel stressed because they are overwhelmed by the new and unfamiliar systems such as education, taxes or healthcare.
Arrive provides personalized information recommendations, articles, and local services to guide recently immigrated families (with kids) to adapt to their new home and connect with the local community.
1. Arrive provides meaningful information and guidance based on their goals before they move.
2. Arrive connects them with similar families who have similar backgrounds.
The system generates a checklist based on the user’s profile automatically. By clicking the “edit” button below, the user can edit the checklist.
Neighborhood Insights help people get more familiar with the area they live in.
Arrive communities help people connect with each other and build their social circle in the U. S.
Searching information takes forever. Instead of spending hours on google resources and information. It’s just easier if they can ask someone directly by sending direct requests.
We sent 13 surveys and interviewed 8 families in the Potrero Hill area. We then realized that community engagement is a big problem for them. Without enough support, a lot of immigrants might not know how to create bank accounts, how to make a doctor’s appointment, immigrated families with kids can feel easily stressed out and overwhelmed by the new and unfamiliar systems.
After we finished the research, each individual in our class made a presentation poster to summarize our research findings including insights, semantic profiles and persona.
We found three reasons caused this problem for immigrated families with kids:
- Limited access to the information.
- Unfamiliar System.
- Language Barrier.
My ﬁrst idea was a website that notiﬁes families about events every month so that people can meet local families or families from the same country. The follow-up app allows people to ﬁnd others who have similar backgrounds in their community.
But interestingly, people complained that they might not have enough time to participate since they are always busy with their life and work. On the app, there is one part that people can post questions and invite other people in the community to answer. I have heard that people love this part and think it would be beneficial.
For design 2.0, I decided to pivot. I looked at a lot of online forums and designed to Arrive. I designed too fast here, and the usability test results helped me calm down and rethink about the design:
- 4/4 people mentioned that they need a questionnaire beforehand, including choosing languages, city, and home country.
- 4/4 people mentioned they don't like Arrive's look and feel.
- 4/4 people mentioned they need more speciﬁc scenarios to test the prototype, such as getting driver licenses or ﬁnding a lawyer.
- 2/4 people want consultation services instead of talking to a chatbot.
- 2/4 people want clearer information on the homepage landing page.
Based on the feedback, there were 5 main focuses for this iteration -- questionnaire, style guide, user stories, consulting services, and a landing page.
There is much more to come!
There are still many things that need to be validated. Some concerns were brought up when I presented my work in class. For example, how can people trust the content on this website, how can we provide information that can be translated into different languages? But I have received a lot of feedback about the concept itself.
Besides the feedback, I still need to figure out some other designs. The first one is connecting different dots of the overall experience. So the mobile app and landing page are necessary for this project. The second is improving the functionality. When I reviewed this project with my friends, they were saying it would be better if the prototype can explain how to use the checklist and the expert service would be helpful.