a location-based app concept designed for roommates

The Dormie app tracks the users' mostly visited locations, such as school, home and Wegmans to share with their roomies, which provides convenience to each other so they can make decisions on what to do for next schedule more quickly.

“A simple way for students know their roommates’ whereabouts can help save time and be convenient”

Start time
September 2018
7 weeks
Project type
A school project of UX Strategy class. We're asking to create a product to bring convenience to college students

The Ideas

This is my first experience living with three roommates, and each of us comes from different country. In this culturally-diverse living situation, everyone is unfamiliar with others’ daily routines and habits. Sometimes others make noises annoying me simply because I’m being too quiet at home and they didn’t know. But in fact, I was just laying on my bed and don’t want to get up.

Besides, we sometimes curious about is there anyone at home so they can give us a hand to pick our packages or give or take a free-ride to the market together.

Why Dormie?

Every roommate has their own schedule where they might disturb each other’s daily routine.

“I might make some noise at room, but I am worried about they are at home that time”

“I want to take shuttle home with her together, but I have to wait for her reply.”

“I don’t have a car, but I need someone picking me up to market if they are in convenience.”

“It’s embarrassing to knock the doors to ask somebody if they are at home.”

I was trying to help the roommates can get help with each other based on knowing the presence of one another by this function. Connecting with roommates can save time, provide life convenient and enhance roommates’ relationships.


Specific Location-tracking

Only specific location scope are set to share. Privacies are protected.
Creating Present Status

To help other roommates knows if you’re free to be disturbed
Communicating Warmly

Saving your typing with your usual pharses and emojis!

Cute UI!

I was trying to use bold but clean color system to build this interface more clearly for users. As this product is designed for students. To show the teenagers personality I create the illustrations of houses selected , emojis status or avatar to create the energetic and young stylish into the design

Essense Breakdown


Creating Status

To help roommates know about each others’ different schedule well, and to decrease unnecessarily troublesome. There is a function allowed user create their real-time emoji showing their status. Such as “I’m sleeping, I’m working, and I’m boring… “

My Dormie Tour

Hey! I’m Xuechun. This is my first time using the Dormie app. Let’s have a tour on the Dormie app together!


How smooth and pretty the on boarding expriences (NUX design) are! After a quick signing up, I join the Dorm Circle that Namhee have created by entering the associated Circle Invite-Code.


Left-hand Side: Location Customization

Now, I see three Locations having been set by the circle.

I can change the ordering of my preferences and set the HOME as the first one in my homepage. And more importantly, I can adjust my own Location Scope of HOME that could be shared with my other roommates. I kinda want to be more honest to my roommates so afterall I choose the most accurate scope.

Well, what if sometimes I suddenly don’t want to share my location? It’s actually pretty easy to turn it off temporarily or permanently whenever I want, and they won’t know ;)

Right-hand Side: Styling!

To make this experienve beautiful, each place need to select a home illustration as a sign


At present, it’s convenient to know the Juile and Namhee is at HOME, Andrea and I is at SCHOOL, and no one is at WEGMANS


Today, I baked some biscuits, so I would like to share with them together! And I got Namhee is sleeping right now. This function helps roommates to know more about each other’s schedule easily.


It intelligently provides the common sentences for roommates! I don’t need to type for a long while anymore! And I also could back-up other sentences for next time.

Homepage Iteration

Identity System

Miscellaneous Components!

Illustrations of buildings

Here’s a part of building illustrations whcih is created for user choose the one for house identity

My Breakaway

Since this project concept was addressing one or multiple aspects of college life, how to make the dormitory, this small community, to get along with each other better is what I was trying to solve. During the design iterations and getting feedback from classmates, I found out that there is a lot to consider when designing for the location-sharing platform for roommates. Everyone cares about our privacy, and we don’t want to be tracked by others.

After I finished this work, I found an issue about users won’t like to know about other’s status by opening this app every time. So, maybe auto-sending notification to show who is at home right now, or someone creates a status blah blah… is another solution for convenience.