Lumina
Ryan Untalan
Dec. 12, 2020 · 2 min

Overview
Project Description: Lumina is a flexible digital space divider that creates a personal work environment that promotes mental well-being. Lumina was created during the University of Washington’s MHCI+D Ideation studio course.
Role: Product Designer and UX Researcher
Tools: Figma, Principle, Miro, Spline
Time Duration: 10 weeks

Project Context
For the University of Washington’s MHCI+D Ideation studio course, our cohort was challenged to take a speculative approach to designing for the home and household. My team and I aligned on creating a product that would help professionals who primarily work from home.

Problem Space
Working from home is the new normal and it is here to stay.
In an international survey of 2285 remote workers, 71% of managers and employees desire work-from-home options even after the pandemic is over. However, working from home can intrude both physically and psychologically on family time, blurring the boundaries between home and work, and encourages overwork and work preoccupation. The lack of dedicated workspaces, competing priorities at home, and increase in distractions lead to more mental fatigue and poor mental well-being.

Design Challenge
How might we help professionals working from home improve their mental well-being by creating personalized ways to manage mental fatigue?

Design Response
Lumina is a flexible digital space divider that creates a personal work environment that promotes mental well-being.

Key Features
Create a private workspace
Lumina creates both physical and mental separation in your workspace, giving you more privacy, less distractions, and better boundaries between your work and home.
Personalize your Lumina
Use the mobile app or the interactive menu on Lumina to customize and save color, brightness, and opacity preferences to suit your mood.
Schedule breaks
You can schedule Lumina to change at scheduled times to remind you to take breaks throughout the day.
Communicate availability
Use Lumina to display a custom message to others in your home about your availability, minimizing mental fatigue from interruptions.
Storable
Lumina can be rolled up and stored away when you are done for the day, allowing your space to take on multiple purposes for work and life.

Results
Lumina was presented in a design showcase to faculty, students, and sponsors. Our team won first place, and Lumina was awarded the most innovative project.
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