Mood Foods Application

The second visual project for my graduate design thesis is a mobile application that correlates food intake to mental health. Envisioned to function similar to a calorie/macronutrient tracker, Mood Foods visualizes micronutrient consumption in terms of Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) levels as determined by a RDI calculator provided by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). A special feature incorporated into Mood Foods is its integration with social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter. Using both platforms’ APIs and word-specific algorithms, Mood Foods would filter through status updates and tweets that include a negative “feeling” and thereby alert the user to suggest a food item that they should eat to help alleviate this feeling or mood. Capitalizing on the organic, natural characteristic of whole foods and the sustainability movement, hand drawn typography and illustrations were incorporated into the application to make this tool more approachable for personalizing the data-driven process of tracking food. Similarly, deep vibrant colors were used to present this information to further encourage usability and embody “health”.

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates
 
 
Envisioned to function similar to a calorie/macronutrient tracker, Mood Foods correlates food intake to mental health and visualizes micronutrient consumption in terms of Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) levels as determined by a RDI calculator provided by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Capitalizing on the organic, natural characteristic of whole foods and the sustainability movement, hand drawn typography and illustrations were incorporated into the application to make this tool more approachable for personalizing the data-driven process of tracking food. Similarly, deep vibrant colors were used to present this information to further encourage usability and embody “health”.
From left to right: Selection of "Mood" with the user's top three most common mood states, and search box to search for a new mood state; Home screen; Selection of "Food" with the user's top three most frequented foods, and search box to search for new foods. 
From left to right: Whole food recommendations that the user should consume to help combat the selected mood state; Sample screen that lists nutritional information and mood benefits about a selected whole food; If the user wants to log the consumption of a whole food item, they're asked to input the number of servings. 
From left to right: Daily overview of micronutrient consumption; Sample screen that describes the importance of the selected micronutrient to the human body; User profile, which jointly serves as a Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) calculator.   
Process:
Site map.
Organizational sketches.
Wireframe sketches.
Emoji sketches to depict mental states. 
“Thirty years of nutritional advice have left us fatter, sicker, and more poorly nourished. Which is why we find ourselves in the predicament we do: in need of a whole new way to think about eating.” 
Michael Pollan

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