Removing headaches from migraine treatment

Coaching application for migraine patients

The CoolHead app was used during the clinical trials of the CoolHead system; a portable medical cooling device, designed for home-use by migraine patients.

Client: Braincool

User Research

UI Design


Front-end Development

The task

Design an app to help migraine patients navigate the CoolHead system during clinical trials.

The solution

CoolHead is an easy-to-use app, designed to be simple, focused and with features and colours that would not exacerbate migraine symptoms. 

The CoolHead app has two key features to support the participants during clinical trials:

  •  Guiding users throughout the use of the device
  •  Surveying participants to provide feedback about the treatment efficacy

Pilotfish was responsible for the development of the CoolHead app from scratch.

Taking into account the migraine patients’ special requirements, we developed a visually soothing app experience that minimizes the cognitive load on the users. 1 screen = 1 task, simple phrasing, step-by-step instructions, clear feedbacks.

The biggest challenge during the project was to design an app that is not overwhelming to users who are having severe headache and light sensitivity.

Empathetic design

After having interviewed numerous migraine patients, the Pilotfish team was able to deeply empathize with migraineurs and take into account their special needs at each decision, such as formulating the design vision, wireframing, visual design or development.

What’s up?

Black and white headshot of Harm Hogenbirk is a Managing Director of Pilotfish

“Are you looking for a partner who can guide you to create unique user experiences and help you to achieve your digital challenges? Let’s get in touch and tell us what you have in mind.”

Harm Hogenbirk, Managing Director