Secondary Research & Interviews
To kickstart my design process, I conducted a competitive analysis to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current state of design solutions in the market. I interviewed both end-users, including students diagnosed with ADHD, and stakeholders to gain insights into their needs, pain points, goals, and broader context.
Dr. Brown has developed an expanded model to describe the complex cognitive functions impaired in ADHD. This model describes executive functions, the cognitive management system of the human brain. We utilized this model to conduct a competitive analysis of existing products that may address these issues.
Competitive analysis in Miro Board
After analyzing the current state of design solutions for ADHD, I have identified three key findings:
33 existing design solution for ADHD
Lack of focus on
poor social fit
Lack of system redesign solution
Based on the Brown Model of Executive Functions, there are 33 existing products specifically designed to address academic disqualification, student health, and mental disorders for students with ADHD
There is a lack of focus on addressing the poor social fit, one of the most critical causes of dropout among students with ADHD
Current solutions for ADHD students assume self-regulation and adaptation to the existing environment rather than addressing the root causes through social system redesign
Generate concept through building empathy
To gain insight into the experiences of students with ADHD and the response of the education system to this population, I conducted interviews with two students with ADHD, three teaching professors, and two administrative staff members
1. Further understand students with ADHD’s academic life on the college campus
2. Identify common pain points that could potentially result in dropping out
3. Explore opportunities to create a more inclusive campus environment to mitigate the pain points they mentioned
1. Directed Storytelling:
Learn about a time when interviewee experienced ADHD/ Accommodated someone with ADHD on campus.
2. System Mapping: Collaboratively map out a system between students with ADHD and touchpoints/People of contact on campus
1. tell me about the last/difficult time you experienced ADHD in a semester?
2. As you recall what happened, please help me list out any touchpoints (person, resource, artifact you interacted with) throughout that experience.
3. Looking back at these anywhere we listed out on the board, anywhere you think might bring a sense of inclusion to you?
Interview Notes & Brainstorming
After conducting interviews and brainstorming based on the insights gained, we narrowed down our focus to two potential solution directions. The first direction involved changing people's attitudes in the school environment by creating more means to express appreciation. The second direction involved addressing the harm caused by the school system by creating an assistant for students with ADHD that helps them understand their needs and provides a quiet place to solve them.
Parallel Concept Prototyping