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FAVOR

Free Access to Volunteering, Organizations, and Resources

Favor is a digital solution to the problems identified in Urban Interventions, a research project completed during my time at Gensler. Additional research and concept refinement was conducted to develop this final intervention. After synthesizing the feedback we received from previous presentations, we began to re-examine the project's mission. We determined that our most thought-provoking interventions related to enhancing interconnectivity amongst communities, people, and information that was undeniably segregated. This redeveloped mission allowed us to hone in on our approach to create the digital platform below.

MISSION

Leveraging mobility to foster interconnectivity between communities through a network of information and resources. 

CURRENT INITIATIVES

Current Initiatives

PERSONA IDENTIFICATION

To further enhance the connection between our interventions and the research we conducted, we interviewed people of varying backgrounds and experiences in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Lacrosse. This helped us directly address their desires and how our final intervention could help piece them all together.

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OUR GOAL

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HOW FAVOR SERVICES COMMUNITIES

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DESEGREGATING COMMUNITIES

Modern cities have become hubs of culture and knowledge. However, within this urban fabric, resources remain just as divided as the people. Public funds are often unfairly allocated. People do not travel outside of their neighborhoods. Residents from opposite sides of a city may never have a conversation with one another. This segregation of resources and people inhibits progress and sustains stereotypes. 

 

Favor connects the dots, bridging communities in a way policy cannot. Striving to connect every resident in the city to one another. Transforming the divided city into a community network centered around providing one another with a helping hand. 

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WIREFRAMES

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PROTOTYPE

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USE CASE

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Over the course of the summer, our team was tasked with a prompt that had multiple interpretations. With no solid direction on where to begin, we started to explore. 

 

Observations led to questions and then to research which led to insights and even more questions. Our project direction twisted and turned, expanded and condensed, until we finally found a way to connect the dots. 

 

The culmination of our efforts was paved by the insightful interactions we had with local heroes, leading professionals, and community members of various backgrounds. Without them, our process and product wouldn’t be rooted in the idiosyncratic qualities of the community.

Design can fill the gaps where policy leaves off.

- Benjy Ward, Gensler Regional Design Synergy Community Leader