Lychee Menstrual Prediction App
A Menstrual Reminder & Tracking App Without Stereotypes or Gimmicks
Do a quick search on any app store for menstrual tracking apps and you will get dozens of results of pink and red apps with flower petals, overstuffed with features like mood icons and journal entries. Some of these apps ask for logins, collect personal information, and display irrelevant ads - asking women to tolerate stereotypes and gimmicks just to manage a natural part of their lives.
Lychee was born out of a frustration with these apps. Our team decided to make a simple, clean app that helps women track their menstrual cycle - without feature bloat or clichéd design patterns. We designed it so that it takes only one tap to log a cycle (many apps make this a multi-step process), and before the next cycle arrives a discreet reminder message will be sent. When needed, past cycle history, trends, and future cycle predictions are provided for planning or medical purposes. Should the user forget to log a cycle for a month or two, Lychee automatically logs it and provides the user with the opportunity to edit it the next time the app is launched.
- project management, scheduling, and delegation of work for team of 4 designers (including me)
- user research, testing, and interaction design
- QA test planning, delegation, and execution
- visual design and conceptualization
- responsive marketing website UI design & development
EARLY TESTING & PROTOTYPE
We conducted user testing with an early low-fidelity prototype using InVision on a mobile phone. Some tests were conducted in person, and some others over Skype, 6 in all. Our testing revealed several insights that helped us shape a better version of the app, but there was one key insight that led us to make a major change.
In our prototype we had included an "irregular mode" for women whose cycles are not regular. In this mode the app would not provide reminders, since they wouldn't be accurate. However, women in our testing group with irregular cycles said they would prefer to still have the reminders, despite the inaccuracies. Their feedback was that a guess was better than nothing, and would perhaps help them find patterns to their irregularities. This was not something anyone on our design team had considered.
We ended up removing the feature altogether, which not only made our users more satisfied with the app, but also simplified the design and reduced the development costs.
FINAL UI EXAMPLES
Here are a few examples of the responsive website I created for the app. The retired website can be viewed here, with the following login info:
USERNAME: "lychee" PASSWORD: "sweetandsimple"
APP STORE USER REVIEWS
This app is not cramped with useless features, but stuck to the basics, and did it in a very simple way and it is very easy to use.
Simple and straightforward. Track your period, nothing else...This app is perfect for its simplicity... I won't complain if it doesn't get more features. It's excellent already.
Useful, easy-to-read and navigate app without lots of clutter or childish girly images like other period apps. Highly recommend.
I worked with Yujia Zhao, Xuan Wang, and Burr Walker to design and launch the Lychee app.