1 week during BFA
My own project
Many people are conscious of what they eat – both from a health and environmental perspective. But what is the impact of this?
Food and climate change are connected in complicated ways. The global food industry requires an enormous amount of energy to cultivate, transport, store, prepare, and serve food. The food (that we both eat and throw away) accounts for about 25% of the average Swedish climate impact. But not all foods are transported, stored etc. in the same way. Some foods have a really big impact on the environment and others don’t and it is possible to develop a diet that is more eco-friendly. How could this information about the food become more available for us and help us to change our food behaviour to develop an eco-friendly diet?
Food Tracker is a service that can be used as an application at the phone or for example in the Ica self scanners. The main task of Food Tracker is to help the customer make quick and smart choices in the grocery store and by that streamline the shopping experience and create a deeper environmental awareness. The user can scan an item with Food tracker to get information about the product. The information is a total estimate of percentage points on how good the product is for health, the environment and for the user’s special needs.
In long term, the goal of Food tracker is to create healthy and environmentally friendly habits, by knowledge and awareness, when buying food.
Where does our food come from
Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya – our food shopping lists consists of products from the whole world. The influence of the global trade of food on local diets and cultural choices has exploded over recent years, which has turned into a huge problem for our planet.
Many people today are aware of not using plastic bags when buying food and other, more environment friendly bags are being more common. But how environment friendly the products inside the bag are is forgotten.
Ecological & Local food
Ecologic food is good for your health, but how environment friendly is it?
Local food is best for the environment, but what food can you get locally?
How to design a tool that can guide the customer in the grocery store to make smart & safe choices?
After a survey study and some interviews I could form 3 personas with different problem situations.
Which product should I buy?
“I’m trying to be environmentally conscious when I buy food, but it’s really hard to know which product that has the least impact on the environment”
Where does the food come from and what impact does it have?
“When I hear where the food comes from and how far it’s been shipped I get anxiety and realise I should have bought local food instead”
How good is the product for the health and environment?
“I’m intolerant and eating a special diet, but to read the ingredients content on each product takes a long time and sometimes the information is not even enough”
By scanning a product in the Food Tracker app the user can get simple and clear information about the product.
It’s also possible to scan the receipt if needed.
This information is shown after scanning a product. In this example the Red lenses fits the user very well. The system summarizes the product (in this case to 85% on the good scale), by counting how good the product is in all categories.
The products that fits the user the best could be saved to the “smart choice” folder.
If scanning a product which the user is allergic to the information interface will show that in a warning color. This would only happen if the user did choose an allergy when setting up the profile.
4. Enivronment awareness
If the user wants to check why the Red lenses didn’t have a full circle (100%) in the environment category it’s possible to click on the Environment to see more.
The diagram circles show how good or bad the product is for the environment with a total impact at the top, which is based on 3 under categories at the bottom. The worse the more red color. The darker blue is okay and the light blue is good.
This information gives the user clear information about the product which makes the choice, to buy it or not, easier.
5. based on Profile
How good the product is for the user is based on the users profile, which also can be updated by time.
If the user is buyng food for the whole family it’s possible to use the family slide in the profile.
The user can get inspiration on environment friendly and season based recipies and add ingredients to the shopping list in Food Tracker.
2. Smart shopping list
The smart shopping list is based on the chosen recipies and other ingredients can easily be added.
3. Scanning product
When it’s hard to know what product to buy, the product can be scanned with Food Tracker to get information about the product and/or compare it with other products to see which one the fits the best for the user.
By scanning a product the user gets essential information of the product to easily decide if buying it or not.
Service design - this was my first service design project and I had to learn about how to design a service
Interaction design - as I mainly worked with that and made a mobile application I improved my skills in designing interfaces
Experience design - improved skills by focusing on how to create a new food shopping experience
Learned the program Sketch