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SPROUTSIDE

"Work well & be well"

Sustainable Approach
Outside Work Experience

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Knowledge 

Creation

Business Management & Growth

Facilitating

Communication

Plans

Service

Strategy

User

Centered

Value 

Creation, Exchange,

In-use

PROJECT TYPE
MY ROLE
ZOOM TEAM MEMBERS 
DURATION
Iris Wang
Yu-Cheng Lin
Krunal Patel
Terrel Adams
Morgan Court
Shijie Luo

 
3.2021-5.2021
Team Leader
Mediator
Research
Ideation
UX Design
Management, UX, Interior and
Service Design
METHODOLOGY
Experience Mapping
Value Proposition
Business Canva
Theory of Change
Strategy Canva

SPROUTSIDE

During the pandemic, many lost access or were limited to non-ideal working environments being left to work from home.

As a result, we came up with Sproutside, the sustainable outside co-working space that allows remote workers to explore different focus and inspiring workspaces immersed in natural surroundings through local pods

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PROJECT RESEARCH

COVID changed our lives in 2019, even in the simplest of daily routines. To ensure safety, mandatory social distance was placed and since then, it has  hampered our ability to go for a walk into nature and altered how we interacted or connect with friends and family have blurred the barriers between work and social life.

According to research on the biophilic, connecting with nature improves human health and mental well-being, referring to the scientific evidence. And biophysics are already apply to different design area to minimize stress, boost cognitive function and productivity, and improve our well-being.

Parks and other green spaces
during COVID became a popular medium for
social and exercise activities to preserve everyone's mental health and physical well-
being.
01. COVID-19
01. COVID-19
Nature and the natural process
have a positive impact on social isolation and loneliness.
02. SOCIAL ISOLATION
02. SOCIAL ISOLATION
A positive relationship with
nature leads to positive well-being; a relationship with nature can be established by exposure to a real or artificial environment.
03. RELATIONSHIPS
WITH NATURE
03. RELATIONSHIPS
WITH NATURE
Whether old or young,
everyone can benefit from open nature.
04. DEMOGRAPHICS
04. DEMOGRAPHICS

HMW


create a different relationship with nature that leads to a richer ‘return to normal’ for those who’ve been socially isolated during the pandemic?

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METHODOLOGY

In our primary research, we aimed to uncover the needs, preferences, and challenges of people working from home during covid and their nature-relatedness have impacted their mental and physical well-being.

We used five different methods to help gain a deeper insight:


Fly On the Wall Exercises, Survey, Card Sorting Activity, Interviews, Sensory Cue Workshop

FLY ON THE WALL

Observing selected participants' unconscious
behavior instead of asking them what they do, helped us see the natural tendency of people to be in nature. Whether inside or outside, they want to be closer to the sunlight and fresh air.

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SURVEY

We learned about how pandemic has changed
people's school life and work life and what emotion people have when they have a lesser chance of being outdoor.

72 Respondents

CARD SORTING 

We learned about the exterior, and interior environment people want to be in and what they dislike.

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INTERVIEWS

Helped us to understand the relationship with nature within people working from home and how the connection with nature impacted their wellbeing and work life.

18 Interviewees

SENSORY CUE

Tried to understand what natural or non-natural elements are missing that could enhance
people's working from home experience.

7 Participants

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DESIGN CRITERIA

The team's favorite themes and key stories shaped the project's principles and overall design requirements, leading to draft designs, ideation sessions, and final concepts. We found that there was an opportunity to incorporate biophilia patterns into our design solution to enhance wellbeing for those working/ studying from home.

Safety; Comfort / coziness; Environmental boundaries; Accessibility to nature (physical & financial); Work environment specific for type of worker; Mood and emotion enhancer;  Simulation Technology; Outdoor exploration; Biophilia patterns

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HMW

How might we enhance those who work from home well-being through nature relatedness?

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PERSONA

The user experience was tied to our persona Sarah,
a 'Then' Remote Grad Student to her 'Now' Remote Professional.

Sarah depicts the pains of being confined in space, creativity, and natural elements in her previous career as a 'Then' Remote Grad Student. In contrast, the pains continue in her new role as a 'Now' dedicated professional due to a lack of development and long work hours.

Experience Map helps identify all the touchpoints Sarah encounters through her education and the start of her professional career. In addition, the highlighted pain points help identify gaps for future opportunities within her experience enhancement.

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IDEATION & CONCEPTUALIZATION

We used a Concept Voting Chart and a Evaluation Matrix to help us
narrow down our concepts and see which are the most strongest and how can we
potentially improve it. Together we rated each concept using the
following criteria.

Forming Design and Brand Language we wanted to portray cohesive themes: Alive; Innovative; Green; Organized; Cozy; Biophilic; Productive

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EVALUATION MATRIX

We have used Evaluation Matrix to help us narrow down our concepts and see which are the most strongest and how can we
potentially improve it. Together we rated each concept using the
following criteria.

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FINAL POD CONCEPT SELECTION

Site selection in public parks for easy accessibility.

'Forest bathing' and usage of the exterior. Considerations of usability under ADAnPod structure emerges from the ground, while front full glass functions for accessnas external usable areas to work and view of the natural surrounding area

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APP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

Sproutside's app users can be a member of an outdoor work community thanks to the helpful app features. They can learn and share experiences to boost people's motivation, and they can choose a nearby place for convenient access. Personal lighting, seasonal scents, pod structure settings, and inspiration are all available through the app.

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THROUGH LOCATION


The Harlem District and North Central Park, located in New York, NY, exhibit a considerable hub potential for a district with limited access to open spaces, natural settings, and stressful work/life cultures.

  • New York City's Backyard

  • Public Access

  • The North Woods

  • 2024 Renovation Project

  • Proximity to Columbia University

  • Expansive demographic

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4 Navigation pages
We will have four main pages to navigate to enhance
user's experience in using Sprout
Home- Visualize your impact and learn from your
community
Reservation- Simplify the booking process and add a more
personal setting.
Control panel- Provide an efficient way to control Sprout
and make sure you're safe at the same time
Account- Manage all your orders and measure your wellbeing and see your impact.

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add user flow
sitemap
card sorting
low to high fi app prototype

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RESERVATION

add video of screen moving and small description explaining what it is

video or gif

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PROFILE ACCOUNT

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SERVICE CONSIDERATION

Business Model and Value Proposition allow for us to flush out the business side of the overall service package and considerations for a implementation proposal.

POD SELF-CHECKING

POD CONTOL SETTING

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

HOME PAGE

POD LOCATOR MAP

RESERVATION

POD DOOR QR CODE

BRANDING & PARTNERSHIP

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"Sprouts" is a work pod that assesses your mood and health status to
form an optimized workspace that integrates natural elements to
maximize productivity. The design of the Pod is inspired by the idea of
"being wrapped around in nature." The Sprout Pod has two separate
workspaces enclosed under a single undulated surface.
We hope that by bringing people "Sproutside,
" we will expand their ability
to develop themselves professionally while also providing them with
chances to engage with nature.

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