Service dogs provide valuable companionship and aid that many desperately need. Unfortunately, there are few organizations that train them, and those that exist only send out to individuals in very specific circumstances. Self-training is an option many find themselves undertaking. Trainr is an app that aims to help those training their service dog. Null Trainr is an app that helps individuals track and manage their service dog’s training. With tasks organized by age, category, or difficulty, trainer’s can work through the vast amount of tasks their service dog is required to master in order to be allowed in public spaces. Trainr contains outside support options that will provide easy access for individuals to get help and ask a question for unique problems they may have. The app also discourages fake service dog users by requiring photographic evidence once your service dog has mastered a new trick. Trainr proves the validity of your service dog as well as allows you to share and review your success through the app’s photo journal. Those are just some of the features Trainr will provide to take away the stress of training so individuals can spend less time researching and worrying, and more time working together with their service dog. Null This is the first app of its kind and that made for some interesting challenges. The biggest challenges with creating this app were how to present and include the vast amounts of information and requirements needed when training a service animal. There is a lot to consider when training a service animal and the laws and expectations change drastically from location to location. With that in mind, it was important to try to include as much as necessary without it becoming too complicated and without it deviating from the purpose of the app. Null Through research, and several classes and group discussions, a picture began to emerge for what this app should be, and for what it should include. By doing many different exercises in class I had many different ideas as to how to handle these requirements. Individuals using the app needed to be able to record and review tasks learned, review what has yet to be learned, receive help learning how to train, and needed a way to prove the validity of the training. The design of this app gives an inviting, friendly feeling. It uses yellow to suggest a warm feeling, and pink to instill a sense of confidence and passion. The major audience for those self-training a service animal are women and for that reason, the app uses more feminine colours. The app is meant to be friendly and clear to its users, so it uses brighter colours and rounded edges. Raleway was chosen to be a friendly, elegant typeface with plenty of personalities while still being clean and open. It is designed to be easy to use with plenty of capabilities and options without it being cluttered or overly complicated.

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