Carolyn Kao
designer + illustrator
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App design

Translation App that helps travelers communicate with ease

Mello

A translation app that is the world traveler's best friend

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Empathizing with the world traveler

How does it feel to travel somewhere where you don't speak the language? Anxious and insecure. To remedy these uncomfortable feelings, I named this translation app concept, 'Mello.' The brand idea is to help amateur travelers feel comfortable communicating with locals. Based on this idea, I crafted a simple and intuitive user experience where a translation is literally one or two finger taps away.

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Friendly and minimal user interface

When designing the user interface, I went back to Mello's brand mission of helping travelers stay cool and collected when communicating on their travels. To convey the feeling of calmness, I chose to use a blue and green color palette with minimal icons and illustrations. The home screen is the one stop shop for all translation needs, from voice, text and camera inputs to a library of common phrases that travelers can easily access. Every translation bubble can be expanded full-screen, saved for later use or played aloud. 

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