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General Assembly UX Design Certification

Centered Mind


App Design

Centered Mind is a prototype for an app I developed during the UX Design course I took with General Assembly. 

For my UXD prototype I created an app called Centered Mind that provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) activities. DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that combines 4 strategies: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation.

My goal was to create an app that would help people find ways to stay emotionally centered throughout each day. From my UX research I was able to find a need for an app that could help people to quickly manage their emotional stress levels.


I selected 3 areas of focus: Mindfulness, Meditation and Mantras.

The Process

Throughout the course I learned about UXD from start to finish. From Research, Synthesizing, Ideation, to Delivery. (In other words: interviews, solution sketches, user flows, affinity mapping, the four step sketch, journey maps, problem statements, HMW’s, wireframing, prototyping, and user testing.)

Centered Mind wireframe image

Wireframing + Testing

After designing my wireframes, we tested the prototype with the class. I learned that wireframing and testing the prototype was beyond invaluable. It forced me to take a much closer look at the functionality which truly takes precedence over the UI design.

“The function of design is letting design function.” — Micha Commeren

UI Design

I wanted the style to evoke a calm yet uplifting feeling, so I selected a complementary color palette that originated from the image used in the onboarding screen. I then selected three sans-serif fonts that were contrasted and compatible and found icons that aligned with the categories.

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