PROJECT

Personal Project

DATE

2019

TEAM

Yeonkyung Kim

TYPE

Product design

Sticky to-do

CASE STUDY

SYNOPSIS

I am a type-A person. I can only start doing anything after setting up a checklist for it.

Every day, small and large things-to-do appears constantly throughout the day. For me, a checklist or to-do list is a must to prioritize, remind myself of, and to execute those things to do in time. I prepare a to-do list not only at work but also at home: for the evening before heading home, and for trivial to-dos for the weekend as well. Particularly, right before I head home, I always list up things to do as I get back home. Because I would forget what I supposed to or had to do on my way home -- picking up laundry, buying groceries, returning books to the library, and more. I hate to miss the opening hours, to go back some blocks, or not accomplishing what I wanted to do that day.

PERSONA

I tried lots of to-do list apps. But nothing satisfied me and lasted long.

I want to put to-dos on my list quickly as it comes up to my mind, but the whole process of unlocking the phone, launching the app, and finding and inserting to-dos on the lists was too much bothersome for me. Even after adding them to an app I had to set reminders for each individually. Moreover, most of my to-dos do not have a fixed time for them. It is really annoying to get notifications only because I artificially set a time alert thinking ‘I think by around this time, I would have to do this’. It is ironic that I have been reminded to look back at the to-do apps to remind myself of things I have to do.  Consequently, I tend to forget to look at the apps and ended up not using any to-do app.

Since one day, I started to write down my to-do list on a sticky note and put it on the back of my phone.

These sticky notes worked as my to-do list app on hand. With a pen, I can add whenever I got something to add to the list. Also, as I always carry my phone with me, I am looking at the list occasionally without any intended action. These sticky notes, though primitive they may seem, reminded me in a natural and gentle but not annoying manner.

CHALLENGE

It was inconvenient that I have to prepare a sticky note every time, the note would get crumpled and sloppy. I decided to create a better product fits my needs.

These sticky notes worked as my to-do list app on hand. With a pen, I can add whenever I got something to add to the list. Also, as I always carry my phone with me, I am looking at the list occasionally without any intended action. These sticky notes, though primitive they may seem, reminded me in a natural and gentle but not annoying manner.

SPRINT 1

SPRINT1 - IDEATION

I put sticky notes in the middle of a phone case fastened with a rubber band to carry them together everywhere.

I could simply add a small deck of sticky notes on the back of my phone, but the protruded edges will get dirty and the deck might get separated easily. I came up with the idea to cut out a case and put the sticky notes in there. In order to prevent notes get folded, I added a rubber string to hold the edges together.

SPRINT1 - MOCKUP
SPRINT1 - MOCKUP MAKING
SPRINT1 - LEARNING

Notes still got crumpled and the whole deck was easily detached because the sticky area was too narrow.

Using the first mockup for three days, I found that a rubber band was not enough to hold the sticky notes together with the phone. It was even more annoying to take off completed notes under the rubber band. Edges and corners still got folded and sloppy, because of its rectangular shape and right-angled corners.

SPRINT 2

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SPRINT2 - IDEATION

I developed the second design by increasing the sticky area with restickable glue and cutting the bottom corners round.

With the learnings from Sprint 1, I came up with an improved design. First, I applied restickable glue vert thinly to the back of each page of sticky notes. It would allow the stickies to have a stronger bond yet be detachable, without the use of a rubber band. I left the bottom area not glued so that I can grab and take each note off. Secondly, I cut the two bottom corners to round shape, to prevent the corners from getting sloppy.

SPRINT2 - MOCKUP
SPRINT2 - MOCKUP MAKING
SPRINT2 - LEARNING

It was much better and I did not feel much inconvenience, but the stickies still needed a stronger bond with the phone itself.

This Sprint 2 solved 90% of Sprint 1’s problems. The larger area of stickiness definitely helped to hold the sticky notes together, prevening any sloppiness even without the rubber band. However, the backside of iPhone was too slippery that I felt the bond between the sticky notes and the phone was not durable. After one week of usage, the notes did not fall apart but I had to be careful every time I took off the completed ones.

PROTOTYPE

DESIGN

To increase the bond with the phone, I decided to attach a thin film between the case and the phone so that the notes can stick to the film, not to the phone.

I have to keep replenishing the sticky notes, so I cannot use strong permanent adhesives. I wanted to find something that will stick better with the existing sticky notes, and found a thin PVC film. In order to attach the film -- cut to the size slightly smaller than iPhone -- to the case, I had to make the opening for notes a little smaller.

PROTOTYPE 
PROTOTYPE - MAKING
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