Design for Social Good | Case Study | 2021

Adventures is a prototype that was created for Google's online course, 'Design for Social Good.' This app is specifically designed for children to teach them about emotions and empathy.

Project Duration

2 months

My Role

UX Designer

My Responsibilities

Ideating, user research, visual design, wireframing, prototyping

The Problem

As society constantly evolves, new and unique problems arise in every era. Today, empathy is among the key issues of concern, particularly among children. There is growing apprehension about the decline of empathy in our society; and its potential impact on children's emotional and social development.

The Solution

Adventures is a case study of a mobile application designed for children between the ages of 6 and 9, aimed at teaching them how to express their emotions and learn about empathy.


User research

Because I did not have direct access to children in my target user group, I conducted my research using secondary methods. I focused on three main areas: research methods, content development, and visual design decisions. 


Using games in teaching can increase children's concentration and desire to learn.


I used blogs as a source of inspiration to create different games.

Visual Design

Children in the 6-9 age group develop an ability to understand what they read; however, imagery should be the main communication channel. 

Visual Design

Children tend to be attracted by bright colours rather than pastel or muted tones.

User personas

Agni is having trouble expressing his emotions.

The Design Process

Crazy eights 

Information architecture

Digital wireframes

During the wireframing process, first, I focused on game mechanics, as developing smooth gameplay is just as important as the game ideas themselves. I created low-fidelity prototypes and tested them, then proceeded to the mock-up phase.


Because I didn't have direct access to my target user group, I couldn't conduct usability testing. As an alternative, I consulted with a psychological counsellor who works with elementary school children and discussed my application. The insights I gained from our session proved to be very helpful.

I redesigned the homepage for an improved visual focus, particularly for children. To achieve this, I used brighter colors to grab their attention. 
To improve cultural, socioeconomic, gender, and physical representation on the app, I decided to incorporate real pictures of children. I believe this realistic approach will help the target audience engage with the app in a more meaningful way. 
After the first round, I noticed that the stickers tended to be overly optimistic, which could potentially skew the overall emotional balance. Therefore, I made some changes to ensure that the representation of negative emotions was equally important.

The Solution

#1 Emotions

#2 I feel

#3 Everybody is here

#4 Situations


As a psychological counsellor who works with primary school children, I would use this app regularly.” – Counselor

Going Forward

What I learned:

Next steps: