Poz

Design, development, and launch of a mindful journaling app

Poz

Design, development, and launch of a mindful journaling app

Poz

Design, development, and launch of a mindful journaling app

Poz

Design, development, and launch of a mindful journaling app

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What is Poz?

Poz is an iOS app to promote mindful journaling. Poz was published to the Apple app store mid-April, and is completely free to download.

What was Kish's role?

Kish designed and developed Poz from scratch in 2021, taking the product from idea to app store. This project transpired during one of Kish's Creative Computing courses at SMU where students were given full range to pursue any coding project.

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What is Poz?

Poz is an iOS app to promote mindful journaling. Poz was published to the Apple app store mid-April, and is completely free to download.

What was Kish's role?

Kish designed and developed Poz from scratch in 2021, taking the product from idea to app store. This project transpired during one of Kish's Creative Computing courses at SMU where students were given full range to pursue any coding project.

Video Walkthrough

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Why create Poz?

Kish is a third year Creative Computing and Psychology student at SMU. Kish has two major interests

  • UX Design
  • Mindfulness

Kish brought his passions together to create Poz, a mobile iOS app to make mindful journaling easy.

Just help one person

Kish's aim was not to make a viral app nor to was it to get everyone journaling. He simply wanted to create a tool that he himself could use to build a journaling habit, so for Poz to be a success, it simply needed to work for him.

Why create Poz?

Kish is a third year Creative Computing and Psychology student at SMU. Kish has two major interests

  • UX Design
  • Mindfulness

Kish brought his passions together to create Poz, a mobile iOS app to make mindful journaling easy.

Just help one person

Kish's aim was not to make a viral app nor to was it to get everyone journaling. He simply wanted to create a tool that he himself could use to build a journaling habit, so for Poz to be a success, it simply needed to work for him.

Tangibility of a real journal + Convenience of a digital journal = 😇

If Poz can effectively capture the elements of a real life life journal, such as the pages, chronological structure, and simple interface, while incorporating the flexibility of a digital medium, people will be much more likely to maintain a daily journaling practice.

Tangibility of a real journal + Convenience of a digital journal = 😇

If Poz can effectively capture the elements of a real life life journal, such as the pages, chronological structure, and simple interface, while incorporating the flexibility of a digital medium, people will be much more likely to maintain a daily journaling practice.

Kish's inspiring challenge was

How might we promote consistent mindful journaling?

Journaling is magical.

A bit of scholarly research validated Kish's personal experience of the benefits of journaling. In recent years multiple studies have been published showing that taking a few moments to document your thoughts and mood has visible effects on our mental and physical health. These effects include:

A bit of user research

An addition to the exploration into the science of journaling, Kish spoke to multiple of his classmates, peers, and fellow UXers about their thoughts and experiences with journaling and mindfulness. Some interesting pain points elucidated through conversation included

  • Most people want to journal and understand the benefits, but they cite a lack of discipline as a roadblock
  • Similar to journaling, people understand mindfulness but don't have the time or discipline to engage in it regularly
  • Digital journaling usually is too complex, and isn't conducive to reflection/introspection
  • Staying accountable with a real-life journal is challenging

Journaling is magical.

A bit of scholarly research validated Kish's personal experience of the benefits of journaling. In recent years multiple studies have been published showing that taking a few moments to document your thoughts and mood has visible effects on our mental and physical health. These effects include:

A bit of user research

An addition to the exploration into the science of journaling, Kish spoke to multiple of his classmates, peers, and fellow UXers about their thoughts and experiences with journaling and mindfulness. Some interesting pain points elucidated through conversation included

  • Most people want to journal and understand the benefits, but they cite a lack of discipline as a roadblock
  • Similar to journaling, people understand mindfulness but don't have the time or discipline to engage in it regularly
  • Digital journaling usually is too complex, and isn't conducive to reflection/introspection
  • Staying accountable with a real-life journal is challenging

Initial idea - meditation + journaling + stats

One of Kish's early ideas for the app was a very minimal mindfulness app, that tried to create one sequence of meditation, journaling, and stats. Below is an early sketch

Preliminary wireframe

Then narrowed to journaling + stats

V1 designs

Initial idea - meditation + journaling + stats

One of Kish's early ideas for the app was a very minimal mindfulness app, that tried to create one sequence of meditation, journaling, and stats. Below is an early sketch

Preliminary wireframe

Then narrowed to journaling + stats

V1 designs

Finally, just rich journaling and personalization

Finally, just rich journaling and personalization

Before

After

Coded from scratch

Kish coded the app from scratch using SwiftUI. This was Kish's first time using Swift, and even coding a mobile app, so there were enormous amounts of limitations/roadblocks in terms of development. The final product that is available on the app store is very much an MVP

Check out the code on github

Coded from scratch

Kish coded the app from scratch using SwiftUI. This was Kish's first time using Swift, and even coding a mobile app, so there were enormous amounts of limitations/roadblocks in terms of development. The final product that is available on the app store is very much an MVP

Check out the code on github

Shipped live to the app store

In April 2021, Poz was published to the app store, and is publicly available to download on all iOS devices.

Scan with phone to download

It helps (at least) one person

Kish actively uses Poz every day to document his thoughts, check in with himself, and reflect on his state of mind. Above all other goals and metrics, this was the main objective for Poz, so to that end Poz as an app is a success.

In addition, it seems that multiple others have also benefited from Poz, citing it as a more fun and simple way to take notes/journal.

Work in progress

Poz is very much a work in progress, meaning that if you have any feedback, questions, or suggestions - let Kish know! Any input is appreciated and will likely help shape the future of the app.

Shipped live to the app store

In April 2021, Poz was published to the app store, and is publicly available to download on all iOS devices.

Scan with phone to download

It helps (at least) one person

Kish actively uses Poz every day to document his thoughts, check in with himself, and reflect on his state of mind. Above all other goals and metrics, this was the main objective for Poz, so to that end Poz as an app is a success.

In addition, it seems that multiple others have also benefited from Poz, citing it as a more fun and simple way to take notes/journal.

Work in progress

Poz is very much a work in progress, meaning that if you have any feedback, questions, or suggestions - let Kish know! Any input is appreciated and will likely help shape the future of the app.