UX & UI design for a web app that monitors air quality in my smog-prone hometown of Katowice.
- Alex Minkaczresearch, consulting, design, front-end development
- Michał Stamirowskifront-end & back-end development
- Tomasz Szymanekback-end development
- Patryk Białasproduct owner
About this project
The idea for this project started at HackSilesia, a local hackathon with a social purpose, where we co-create products and services with NGOs and public institutions. I was invited to come in as a UX mentor and jury member.
One NGO came up with an idea for a service called Katoluft. The premise behind it is that people don’t really understand air quality measures like PM2.5 and PM10. The air might smell, but we don’t see or feel the damage directly, so we don’t change our behaviour. Katoluft is an attempt to get real-time air pollution data from city sensors and translate it into messages we can all understand. Should you stay indoors? Can you play sports? Is the air actually safe to breathe?
The first version of Katoluft was created in 24 hours. After the event, the NGO that sponsored this project asked me to rework the UX and design a new interface. You can see the results below, or you can see the app at katoluft.pl.
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