iOS notifications redesign
Just Design Designathon
Create a product with a positive social impact
A 44 hour time period; remote collaboration with a team of three other designers (and strangers to each other)
Sophie Chour Kaplan
ideation & development, copywriting, user research, welcome page and landing page design, flow design, prototyping, iOS visual language
Psychologically manipulative tactics to increase our engagement with phones and apps have been intentionally and unethically designed into the fabric of our technology. We believe it's the responsibility of the tech industry to reverse the negative social impact of these designs to give users back control over their behaviors and usage time.
For most of us, checking our phones has become somewhat of a ritual habit, and inextricable from our daily routines.
We found that nearly 3 out of 4 people start their days by checking their phone.
Over 92% are on their phones until less than half an hour before they go to sleep. For 64% of people, under ten minutes separate their phone-time from their bedtime.
The red notification dots on my phone stress me out– I have a bad habit of going into apps just to clear them, then getting sidetracked and realizing my intended 20 seconds has turned into 20 minutes. Unsurprisingly, they're working exactly how they were designed to, in order to capture as much of our attention as possible.
WHICH FEATURES OF YOUR PHONE CAUSE YOU TO USE IT LONGER OR MORE OFTEN THAN YOU PLAN?
Our research showed that I'm not alone. 67% of our participants indicated that one or more forms of visual notifications stress them out, and many cited notifications as a main reason they use their phones more often or longer than intended.
"The notification dots bug me"
"It's hard to do one singular task. Like if I could just do everything from my notifications panel, I would. Because the moment I open the app, my eyes get distracted by all the other stuff. I just want like hyperfocused information from one LinkedIn post, one email, one text, one Instagram post."
Focus: a redesign of iOS’s notification system that respects human psychology by allowing notification badges to be dealt with or cleared without needing to fully enter apps, and hosting all priority notifications in one spot to make badges unnecessary once sorted. We also explored the possibility of getting rid of red badges altogether, and simply storing all notifications in the Focus app.