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1 in 8.

That’s how many Americans 12 and up have hearing loss in both ears.
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CLAUDIA L. GORDON

The first deaf black female attorney serving in the United States.

THERE'S A
SOUND BARRIER.

Drive-thrus are made to simplify ordering, but they aren't made to be accessed by everyone.

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WARREN SNIPE

An ASL interpreter, deaf writer, R&B rapper and performer.

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CASAR JACOBSON

The first deaf person in America to earn a national pageant title.

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The venti question:

How can we create a universal drive-thru experience that's welcoming for everyone?
BECAUSE NORMALCY
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IS ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS.
      Like being able to order a grande          pumpkin spice latte with two pumps       of mocha syrup, an extra shot of            espresso, vanilla cold foam, a splash      of oat milk and hazelnut crumble at       the drive-thru like everyone else. 
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A drive-thru deliverable
that benefits everyone.

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Most Starbucks' drive-thru orders are taken long before the pick-up window through an ambiguous intercom — or what we like to call the "desolate black box." It can be hard knowing where to point your ear, what the total is or even if the order you said is correct. Our digital AI talk-to-text screen helps consumers not only better visualize and comprehend the experience, but also expedite the drive-thru process and ensure order validity.
HERE'S WHAT WE CONSIDERED.
How to better visualize the experience
How to keep the drive-thru fast and simple
How to eliminate anxiety on both ends
How to create a replicable, scalable system
Because it's not really about hearing.

It's about being heard.

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MY ROLE
Research analyst, creative strategist and inclusion advocate
TEAM
MENTOR
Caley Cantrell, Strategy Professor at Brandcenter