© Qixuan Wang 2019

I AM HERE  YOU ARE HERE  WE ARE HERE

 

Project

We're here - A Queer Coaching app

Type

UI & UX / Interaction Design

Context

“We're here” is a Queer coaching app, support and empower Chinese queer youth in three ways: Rainbot, Reliable resources, and stories. 

 

 

Through my research, I found out the connection between Chinese queer youth and the LGBTQ community is very week.  Youth who need support don't have access to it. and those who are willing to help, don’t know where it is. 

 

Hence, this App aims to enhance the connection between isolated Chinese queer youth with the LGBTQ community.

MFA Products of Design, School of Visual Arts
Thesis work, Guidance from Allan Chochinov and Andrew Schloss
Fall 2018 

RESEARCH

I conducted individually arranged subject matter interviews, user interviews and, a co-creation workshop as a means to hear from target users and understand the situation they are in. As a result, I mapped out the power dynamic of Chinese LGBTQ stakeholders, using the thickness of the lines, and the size of the arrows to indicate whose power and influence is greater.

INSIGHTS

The community can provide support and resources that are needed. It plays an important role for the individual and the LGBTQ movement. However, through my research, I found out the connection between Chinese Queer youth and the LGBTQ community China is very weak. Youth who need support don't have access to it. Moreover, those who are willing to help, don’t know where it is. 

KEY FEATURES

1. Rainbot

Rainbot is designed for users who are not comfortable with communicating with strangers. You can chat with them,  get oriented to the app and learn basic concepts that you need to catch up.

2. Reliable resources

We're here offers professional support in two ways: Match users with mentors, who have been through a similar experience and will offer some suggestions. Find organizations nearby where you can get in touch with local LGBTQ communities.

3. Stories

For users who are not ready to seek directly help, they can use the stories function to feel that they are not alone and get some comfort and inspiration. 

STORYBOARDS AND PROTOTYPE