INTU8 Magic 8 Ball

How To Create an Intuitive Magic 8 Ball App


Sadie Cruz

Project Manager, Prototyper,

Researcher, Visual Designer, 

Co-Information Architecture

Isaac Wei 


Danna Balassyano

Information Architect,



Brand Strategy, User Research Plan, 

Wireframes, Style Guide, Prototype


Figma, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Miro


4 Weeks


The Problem

The challenge was to create a magic 8 ball app for people as a way to ease anxiety during the pandemic.

We began the project researching the origins of the Magic 8 Ball and creating multiple competitive analysis of apps on the market.


1. The magic 8 ball founder, Albert C. Carter, was influenced by his mother who was a clairvoyant and believed in spiritual properties.

2. People in the app reviews wanted a more authentic answer that related to them.

3. Users were turning to a novelty app for honest advice and this was causing enough frustration that they were opting for a less fulfilling option.

So, our team asked...

How might we make the answers to an

8 ball app more intuitive for our users?


The Survey

Insight from our Magic 8 Ball Survey

We created a user survey to test our hypothesis and understand the thought process of people interested in magic 8 balls and astrology.

43% Often

How often do you look outside of yourself to help you make a decision?

56% Yes 

Do you think Astrology can help you make decisions?

What is your biggest fear or concern about using an intuitive 8 ball app? (open-ended)

Reliability, Accuracy, Privacy


Research Findings

1. Users want a personalized app
During market research, users wanted the ability to customize their magic 8 ball and be able to give them more accurate advice.

This gave us the idea to create a more intuitive app that was centered around astrology.
2. Correlation linking decision making & astrology.
During are survey, most people who looked outside themselves for decision making believed in astrology.
3. Addressing user concerns about astrology decisions
During are survey, people who believed in astrology wanted their advice to be accurate, specific, and reliable.

We researched specific astrology practices and worked with an astrologer.
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#1: Sun sign to Moon Sign

In our usability test with Sanaa, professional astrologer,

In Horary astrology the moon sign is more relevant to decision making and represents the emotional aspects of a person.




#2: Using the Mental Models

for Menu Bar

In a usability test, it was pointed out the oddity of adding an about page to main menu.

After checking in with other sources, we decided to change the four menu buttons to three.




#3: Adding Personalizing Features

When conducting the usability test, most of the participants wanted more options for the page.


We add a button to change the photo that we miss in the first frame and add the moon sign information to personalize the page a bit more.



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The User

We conducted user interviews and combined those findings with our research results, and created user personas for the app. These personas describe the demographic that we were trying to reach for our app.

From our research, we selected a niche market of people who believe in astrology.
Those users would use the INTU8 app as one of the tools they use in their decision making.


The User Journey

After understanding our user persona, we create a user journey representing a person who would use INTU8. By gaining that step by step's thought process, it was easier to understand what features we needed to add to our app. From our user interview, we understood our personas' pain points and created the app with that in mind. 

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The User Story

Creating a user story came easily. After our user interviews, we understood more about our user's thought process to want to use our app and how using it will help them answer. 

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Key Insights

After creating the user journey, we wanted to hone into our qualitative and quantitative research's main insights. This was a chance to combine those thoughts to develop principles to help us design the app.