A mobile application that allows users to create a watering and care routine for their plants.

Jan - Mar 2021
Solo Designer
Figma, Adobe Illustrator

Problem Space

Often times when life gets busy, houseplants can become neglected. Without an established care routine, plant owners will lose track of when they need to water their plants.


How might we help plant owners keep track of their care routine so that their plants can grow and thrive instead of wither and die.


For my primary research I created a survey for my classmates, friends, and family to fill out. I had more than 20 participants fill out the survey and the results were very insightful and highlighted some pain points, motivations, and behaviours that were relevant to my problem space.

How many plants do you have in your home?
How much do you know about plants before you buy them?
Do you have a watering schedule?
How do you feel when a houseplant dies?

Key Findings

After conducting a round of interviews with my classmates, I gathered some key findings and themes. One of the main pain points that came up frequently was having a diverse collection of plants which all have their own unique care schedule. This was a main cause for dying and unhealthy houseplants among my interview participants.

Pain Points
  • Each plant needing a specific care routine
  • Not knowing exactly when to water, mist, or fertilize your plants
  • Forgetting when the last time plants were watered
  • Plants that have an extensive care routine
  • Finding an interesting plant
  • The health benefits and air purification qualities
  • Buying from local plant shops
  • Having a living decoration in your home
  • Doing some research before buying a plant
  • Watering plants whenever they look like they need it
  • Getting plants that are easy to care for
  • Taking plants outside in the summer and inside in the winter


Keeping in mind the pain points, motivations, and behaviours that I gathered, I created a persona based on my research findings and interviews.

Meet Kate, she started collecting plants during quarantine as a hobby and she now has about 10 plants in her home. With that many plants she is finding it hard to stay on top of watering and caring for them. They all have distinct care needs and this can cause some confusion and frustration for her, especially when she sees that some of them are not thriving.


Age: 24
City: Vancouver, BC
Occupation: UX Designer
  • To learn more about how to take care of her plants
  • To create a regular care schedule
  • Being unorganized in her watering and care routine
  • Owning various plants that all have distinct care needs
  • Not knowing about what her plants need to stay healthy

Task Flow

With Kate’s goals and frustrations in mind, I came up with a task flow for a potential app.


I started to do some sketches based off of the task flow. I knew that I wanted the home page to show a list of plants with their watering days easily viewable. I also included a drop down menu for the upload method, either manual or scanning. On the Add Plant page I included the picture of the plant and an option to add the frequency of care.

Lo-Fi Prototype - 1st Round

After establishing a user flow, drawing some sketches, and solidifying a layout, I translated my sketches into a lo-fi prototype.

Prototype Link

Session Output - 1st Round

I conducted 5 rounds of user tests for my first digital prototype. The sessions were extremely helpful and brought to light some specific issues in the design and functionality of the app. Below is a chart which shows the list of tasks that my participants performed during the tests.

Session Notes- 1st Round

Some issues arose mainly in the second and third steps, when users were tasked with adding a plant to their collection and creating a watering schedule. Below are some notes that I took during the first round of user testing:

Lo-Fi Prototype - 2nd Round

I took into consideration the results from my first round of usability testing and made the necessary changes to fix the issues for my second Lo-Fi Prototype.

Prototype Link

Prototype Changes

Below I highlighted some of the changes that I made from my first to second round of prototypes based on my feedback from user testing.

Session Output - 2nd Round

I conducted another round of usability testing with five participants. This session confirmed that the changes I made worked. The issues that arose in the first round were no longer present.

Session Notes- 2nd Round

Although most of the issues were solved in this round, I still received some constructive feedback from my participants. These were the main themes for the second round:

Hi-Fi Prototype

After two rounds of usability testing, I made some changes to my lo-fi wireframes and added some new functions. I then created a visual identity and implemented some style, colour, and personality into the design. Here is my final high fidelity prototype.

Prototype Link
Add a Plant
You can add a plant by hitting the plus button. You're then given three options: scan plant, take a photo, or upload from your library. If you choose to scan your plant, the app will detect your plant in about 5-10 seconds. If it scanned correctly you can proceed to the next step: creating a watering schedule.
Set a Care Schedule
Once your plant has been scanned you can start creating a care schedule. Take a look at the care tip to get a better idea of what your plant needs. Set the frequency of days or weeks and once you're done, press the check mark at the top right of the screen to save the plant and schedule to your collection.
Set a Care Schedule
Once your plant has been scanned you can start creating a care schedule. Take a look at the care tip to get a better idea of what your plant needs. Set the frequency of days or weeks and once you're done, press the check mark at the top right of the screen to save the plant and schedule to your collection.
Complete a Task
After you've added a plant to your collection and set a care schedule, you will be notified when a plant needs to be watered, misted or fertilized. Once you've tended to your plants, simply press on the plant card and check the boxes to complete your tasks. Your plants will then be updated.

Visual Identity

When I first started researching the problem space for GreenLeaf, I already had a visual identity and look in mind. Some of the adjectives that I associate with my app are:

• Calm
• Cozy
• Organized
• Natural

With these words in mind, I started looking for inspiration from photos of plants, bedrooms, architecture, and even album covers. Anything that evoked the feelings of some of the listed adjectives, I organized in my Moodboard.

Moodboard Link

Brand Colours

Leaf Green
Calm Green
Light Green

Secondary Colours

Almost Black
Almost White
True White
Mustard Yellow
Tart Red


For my icon, I wanted to incorporate the golden ratio and sacred geometry into the design because of how present it is in nature. Below is the process of how I created it.


UI Library

Next Steps

For the next step in this design process I would like to tackle a few things:

• Further user-testing
• Added tips and exploration into plant knowledge
• New features
• Look into the process of development
• Translating the design into other devices

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