App concept for hate crime prevention

Design Interactive Spring ’21 Cohort Project.


As racial tensions and hate crimes are on the rise and are brought to light, we wanted to help motivate people to take individual action to contribute to the larger cause of fostering inclusive communities.

In the span of six weeks, our team designed a human-centered platform that encourages users to learn, discuss, and donate to causes related to hate crime.

Awarded: Most Customer-Centric Experience, Most Innovative UX, and runner up for the Audience Choice Award

Meet the Team

Helping young adults thrive in their new communities

Design Interactive Spring ’21 Cohort Project.

Project Overview

As young adults graduate from college or move to take advantage of new opportunities, they oftentimes have difficulty developing a new support system and community from scratch. Consequently, having a lack of support networks tends to contribute to depression and social isolation.

How might we help young adults and professionals who have moved adapt to their new community and thrive?

We designed an app that acts as a directory of all the different social events and locations (e.g. restaurants, cafes, recreational places) each city has. …

Unite with your dream college housing and housemate

Background info

For many people, college is the first time they start exploring the housing and housemate market. However, there is no centralized platform or guide students can refer to as they begin their search. Their inexperience and the lack of trustworthy resources, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic preventing many from exploring campus neighborhoods, make the housing and housemate search especially hard for these first-timers.

We designed the solution UniMate, a streamlined platform that helps undergraduate students find college housing and housemates that fit their preferences.

Awarded: Most User Research

The UniMate Team

An online learning tool that connects students with their coursework and peers

This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive transition from physical spaces such as schools to digital platforms like Zoom. Due to the lack of physical and social interaction, remote learning has made it difficult for students to connect with both their coursework and their peers.

Our client project aims to redesign the remote learning and collaborative studying process through a platform called Playtest, an online learning tool for high school students to learn and engage with content and their peers in a fun and exciting…


Navigating Life Through a Computer Screen

Over the past months, nearly every social experience has gone digital. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to experience life through our computer screens, ultimately serving as yet another reminder of our reliance on technology. With the sudden demand for web-based communication, Zoom has emerged as the primary video-conferencing platform on a global scale. Because of its widespread use, we wanted to research user’s experiences and see if there were any potential areas for improvement.

Through the course of 6 weeks, our team navigated through the entire design process, starting with research and…

Design Interactive Fall ’20 Cohort Project.

Project Overview

Notion is a hugely popular note-taking and data management tool for both individuals and large corporations alike. However, not everyone finds it easy to navigate. Over the course of a six-week sprint process, our team redesigned Notion’s navigation system to make it easier for users to find the pages they need.

Our Team

By Rochelle Dai, Sienna Gonzalez, Morgan Creek, and Gennifer Hom

For the 2020–2021 school year, UC Davis Design is only offering remote courses. We wanted to create a comfortable and beneficial critique environment for design students to receive feedback on their projects in a remote setting.

Our problem statement was, “How might we create a comfortable and beneficial critique environment for design students to receive feedback on their projects in a remote setting?”

Our solution is a platform that increases transparency between participants and centralizes feedback for future reference.

Video by Rochelle Dai

Redesign of the LinkedIn Jobs Page

Design Interactive Fall ’20 Cohort Project.


With over 660 million users, LinkedIn is an online platform for connecting with professionals, such as potential recruiters or past employers. However, finding a job on this platform can be challenging as people are scrambling to find job opportunities for work experiences.

In the span of six weeks, our team focused on redesigning the job application process within LinkedIn.

Awarded: Most Customer-Centric Experience

Meet the Team: The LinkedIneers

Justice Calendar Mockup

Project Overview

Justice Calendar is an application that helps users schedule small amounts of time out of their day regularly to consume content about racial inequity. Our client, Professor Tom Maiorana, came to us with a broad idea for a scheduling app to fight social inequity, which we then narrowed down the racial inequity and focused on prototyping a Google Chrome extension.

Over 6 weeks, our team researched, created, ideated, and prototyped ideas at a rapid pace with the goal of creating an application that would be friendly to users less educated in social inequity. …

Design Interactive Spring ’20 Cohort Project.

According to a study published by UCSF, more than 40% of seniors experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. As a part of Davis Design Interactive, a student-run design group at UC Davis, our team worked to develop a solution to this pertinent issue.

In seven weeks, our group validated a collaborative making concept, using technology to enable quality time and to bridge physical distance. The concept resulted in Half-and-Half, an app where people can create sessions for collaboratively making things like recipes and craft projects. …

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