The Growing Girls Project is the PhD dissertation of Ann Herbert. Ann approached our class looking for a better way to educate girls about puberty. Working in teams, our class delivered a variety of options to address this important issue. Our team's end product was a mobile-centered website called Naomi Knows. In addition to a functional mobile site, our group also created several full dialogues, glossary page content, illustrations and card hand-outs. To view all elements in place, please visit our prototype in a mobile browser.
Ann and Becky set up a workshop for our class to meet with girls from Ann's study. We were able to talk with them and participate in activities alongside these Baltimore girls, to get a better idea of what our audience responds to.
The workshop and research showed girls 8-14 wanted to learn new information from a trusted adult, or online. My group sought to bring these two elements together by creating a trustworthy online presence, who we call Naomi (Normal Adolescent Online Mentoring Intelligence). We framed the information as conversation, keeping the site in a relatable language for our users. Information is also broken up, and links within the conversations create an organic navigation, making it easy for our users to continuously explore.