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Min Huang

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Major project:

Eros

An 80 year Harvard study on health and happiness found that quality of relationships is more predictive of long, happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes; perhaps no relationship is more central to how most of us organise our adult lives than a romantic partner. While there are plenty of services to help us find a partner – the dating app industry is worth an estimated $2.5 Billion in the US alone – little exists beyond traditional therapy and self-help books to help us define and build meaningful romantic relationships. In fact, many people consider technology to be a threat to committed relationships – alternative partners are a swipe away; it’s often easier to text about feelings rather than talk in person, and our phones have the tendency to command our attention, even in the presence of loved ones.

As designers, we thought – How might we use technology to enable more meaningful offline interactions for people in romantic relationships, so they can build more satisfying partnerships?

Eros is a digital service that helps users in relationships enable better communication, foster feelings of closeness, trust, and excitement, and unearth how to better respond to each other’s needs in the real world. The three fundamental and interconnected features use artificial intelligence to stimulate reflection (perspective tracker), conversation (discovery questions), and new experiences with your partner (goal setting), so you can grow in love. It’s playful, inclusive, personalised, trustworthy, and user-led, not prescriptive.

Info

  • Min Huang is a service designer who has a passion for the interdisciplinary field, including service, UI\UX, graphic, interaction, and product design. 

    She got a BA from the China Academy of Art (2017).

    She really enjoys listening to people’s needs from the interaction between human and intelligent system, then building a tangible product or service.

    Since becoming a student of the service design programme, she has already taken learning into practice through real design experiences. As a service designer, she has designed several services about transportation, the mental health of digital games, music festival, artificial intelligence, and big data, etc. for UK companies.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Product Design, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2017
  • Experiences

  • Internship, Telefonica Alpha Health, RCA Service Design Studio, London, 2019
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2019
  • Awards

  • Eros Project Award, RCA Service Design Studio in Partnership with Telefonica Alpha Health, 2019
  • Funding

  • Chinese Government Scholarship for study abroad, China Scholarship Council, 2018
  • Sponsors

  • Telefonica Alpha Health
  • Collaborators

  • Alison Maggioncalda; Beibei Sun
Royal College of Art