HOW DO YOU WANT TO HEAL?
“How do you want to heal?” is an interactive web tool for community organizers and activists to self and community care.
"How do you want to heal?" uses introspective questions (based on different community oriented words like build, hold and ground) to encourage the user to think deeply about themselves and the way they relate to others, helping them to engage in stronger relationships with themselves and the people around them.
01: identifying THE design problem
The term “self care” has become a buzz word of late, its original intended meaning lost behind advertisements for face masks and bath bombs. However, can we really seek holistic healing through such individualistic and consumerist means?
This project aims to redefine “self care,” to center on more holistic rather than surface level healing. I also hope to intertwine “self care” with “community care,” to view self care as a way to center and strengthen the connections we have with the people around us, even if we are doing the majority of our healing alone.
Thus, the main question this project explores is: how can I help activists & community organizers practice self and community care who can’t be in the presence of a strong and sustainable community?
02: IDENTIFYING TARGET AUDIENCE
This project strives to center those who are most impacted by systems of oppression, and thus would have the least amount of access to a strong and sustainable network of care (due to the way oppression separates marginalized people from each other). With this intention, I created 3 example user personas, who all share the following traits:
have multiple marginalized identities
have limited access to professional counseling or healing services
seek a sense of belonging to a community
03: solidifying ideas
04: FINAL PRODUCT!
"How Do You Want to Heal?" has different sets of interactive questions based on different words related to community building. For this project I chose the words:
defining each module
These words are not meant to be taken literally so each of the modules start with a screen defining the word, in the context of community organizing. Those screens are displayed below.
guiding the user through each module
Each module guides the user through a set of reflective questions based on the name of the module. These questions are meant as an intimate and personal reminder for the user: of their goals, dreams, and overall path in life or community organizing.
The user can choose whether or not to keep these answers by sending them to themselves or downloading them.
TO VIEW AN INTERACTIVE CODED PROTOTYPE, CLICK HERE
CHALLENGES & LESSONS LEARNED
stuck between two bubbles
In my experience, those familiar with design weren't familiar with community organizing and vice versa. I had to pay close attention to both the visual and written content I was presenting to my audience, to make sure they understood it.
To users who weren't familiar with community organizing, I had to explain the name of the modules, the questions, and the purpose of my simulation concisely, without losing their attention, but also clearly, in a way they understood.
To users who weren't familiar with design, I had to simplify my UI to ensure it was universally usable.