Talk2Me Deaf Communication App by Chia-Ming Chang

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Talk2Me

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Deaf Communication App

INSPIRATION:
I was feeling so sad because there is a communication gap between me and one of my Deaf/Hard of Hearing friend as I don't understand sign language. This project came up with the issue and motivated me to explore new communication opportunities to bridge the gap.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This design is a Smartphone app that is used for face-to-face communication between Deaf/Hard of Hearing and hearing people. This app contains a unique feature (Rotating for Showing Messages) and a specific mode for older users. The unique feature aims to prompt users to conduct nonverbal messages into communication, as nonverbal messages are the most significant part of face-to-face communication.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Deaf/Hard of Hearing people can simply input messages via (1) text typing with predictive words/sentences, (2) emoticons and (3) stored messages with categorising supports and show messages to hearing people by rotating phones without any connection technologies (e.g. 3G/Internet). Then hearing people can quickly use voice recognition to reply messages. This is a communication cycle of using this app. Please see the optional image 4.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project was started in May 2011 at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham in the UK as a research. Parts of this research resulted in May 2014 and the results was presented through developing an interactive product. The interactive product was completed as a semi-working prototype in August 2014 for submission of A' Design Award & Competition.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
It is an app for iPhone that made by X-code.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
An mobile app mainly base on the iPhone 5 with iOS 7.

TAGS:
Interaction Design, New Media Communication, Mobile App, Deaf/Hard of Hearing People, Face-to-face Communication, Cumputer-mediated Communication

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This project is a practice-based research that was primarily conducted through two research methods: ethnography (via interview) and creative practice (via interaction design). Contributions of this project are: Theoretical contribution is a new understanding of new media communication on Deaf/Hard of hearing people and practical contribution is a solution to bridge the communication gap between Deaf/Hard of Hearing and hearing people, which is an app for Smartphones, Talk2Me.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest challenge in this project was conducting interviews with Deaf/Hard of Hearing people for prototype testing. In the beginning, I conducted interviews in person it brought me difficulties. Email interview helped me to solve this problem. On the other hand, as a pure designer the coding works are extremely hard for me. However, I learned X-code during the developing process and finally I overcame it and built a prototype as semi-working app via X-code.

ADDED DATE:
2014-09-22 09:50:04

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Author/Student: Chia-Ming Chang and Supervisors: David Downes, Jools Ayodeji, Alison Oddey

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Creator/Illustrator/Photographer Chia-Ming Chang, 2014
Image #2: Creator/Illustrator/Photographer Chia-Ming Chang, 2014
Image #3: Creator/Illustrator/Photographer Chia-Ming Chang, 2014
Image #4: Creator/Illustrator/Photographer Chia-Ming Chang, 2014
Image #5: Creator/Illustrator/Photographer Chia-Ming Chang, Actors Ahmad Bilal & Dilusha Rajapakse 2014

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Chia-Ming Chang

PROFILE:
Chia-Ming Chang is a multimedia designer and researcher from Taiwan. Currently he is a PhD candidate (Scholarship Award) in Interaction Design in Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Chang obtained his MA in Interactive Media from University of the Arts London in 2006. He has been creating various works in graphic design and web design, whilst he developed web platforms with Web2.0 concept in his previous careers. His current research looks at new media communication and interaction design, which is specifically focused on smartphone applications (apps) with user interface/user experience (UI/UX) design that aims to explore new communication opportunities for vulnerable people through creative practice.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Talk2me Deaf Communication App by Chia-Ming Chang is a Nominee in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Talk2me Deaf Communication App by Chia-Ming Chang is Winner in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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