Co.ExistProduct Design ︎ Research
The CoExist app aims to create dialogue, manage, and promote sustainability and cooperation between roommates. The app encourages users to designate and remain accountable for their household tasks, share resources, and work together instead of independently.
This project was carried out entirely remotely in response to quarantine policies that put a strain on co-habitation due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Bianca Srivastava Talya Nelson
Product designer (UI and UX)
We believe that living cooperatively can save money, time, and increase overall living satisfaction when members remain accountable, communicative, and respectful towards each other and their shared living space.
Interviews show that a lack of communication/ability to communicate effectively creates discomfort between housemates
Housemates spend more when they buy their own food and household materials
Lack of a system for chores creates an imbalance of responsibility
Unclear expectations and lifestyle differences cause friction
What tools do people currently use to manage their households?
How do personal attributes (such as stage of life, gender, etc.) affect living dynamics?
How much do people care about implementing sustainable routines?
What are some general pain points 20-somethings have surrounding roommate living?
WHO DID WE INTERVIEW? AND WHY?
We interviewed 15 people from all over the United States via Zoom
We focused on potential users in urban environments
Interviewees ranged from 18-32. We wanted to learn what age range experienced the most co-living difficulties
AFFINITY MAPPING OUR INTERVIEWS
We affinity mapped our interviews based on recurring topics that came up during discussions. We then honed in on the top pain points roommates face in their living situations, including: a need for improved communication, a way to streamline chores, and a way to promote sustainability/ cost-effectiveness.
We also learned that younger users (Early-mid 20s) need the most facilitation. We noticed our older interviewees expressed fewer co-living pain points than younger counterpoints. They explained this by saying you “figure it out the hard way” as you age.