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After speaking with users who aren’t designers and consulting with people who happen to be users as well as designers, I found myself looking at social media platforms from a different perspective than I did when I started this case study.

Sometimes, we, as users, tend to blame the software…


So, using the data, I was able to confirm that a feature like this would not only be utilized by a good percentage of the user base but more importantly, that this feature could have positive effects on the mental health of a user.

Next, it was time to start…

The Objectives

The main objective of this Case Study is to address the effects that the Information Overload associated with Instagram might cause, by introducing an internal feature to mend the situation.

When keeping the user in mind, I am looking to provide a solution from within the application. …

A graphic of a person sitting on top of a instagram mockup with a fishing pole. The reel is hooked onto the Instagram logo.

You’ve been doom scrolling for the past 2 hours. You find yourself going down the same rabbit hole every Sunday night, you just can’t help it. You tell yourself you’re going to take a break from the app — for real this time. When you wake up the following morning…

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7. Flexibility and efficiency of use

Accelerators — unseen by the novice user — may often speed up the interaction for the expert user such that the system can cater to both inexperienced and experienced users. …

10:45. In 15 minutes, I’ll be attending the second lecture for my User Experience course. I roll over and open my laptop. By habit, I log into Canvas and mark all of my emails as read. They can wait.

10:47. I grab the sweatshirt that’s hanging off of my chair…

If you missed the first installment of this series, click here.

4. Consistency and standards

Users should not have to wonder whether different words, situations, or actions mean the same thing. Follow platform conventions.

The Good:

Medium’s notification preferences settings

This is good. Like, really good. They give you almost full transperancy. You can toggle certain email’s on/off…


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