This week’s assignment was to create a prototype of a mobile application for our business/service that we developed two weeks ago. We created this prototype using rough sketchs called wireframes that would illustrate the basic features and functionality of each screen.
For those not following this blog religiously, last week we were given the task of coming up with a business idea based on research we had conducted thus far at farmer’s markets and other food related sites. We then competed against one another in a business pitch battle where we talked about our ideas with random people at the Farmer’s Market and had them select the business they would put their money on. I lost.
To quickly summarize my business idea, I would like to create a platform that allows people to sell and share food with their friends and neighbors. Users will create profiles that identify what they can cook, and then post meals or foods they would like to share or sell to individuals in their network. This network can either be anyone living nearby or just friends. People that are hungry and don’t want to cook can use this platform to see what food/meals are available and buy or share them.
In my preliminary prototype sketches, I started mapping out what a user profile screens would look like. I quickly realized the first thing I had to do was create a series of login screens that would get users set up in within the network. This proved to be harder than I initially thought.
To test the prototype I asked three random people to walk though my sketches then grade me on the following questions, “How easy was it to use?” “How intuitive was it to use?” “How informed to you feel about the purpose of the app” and “What would you change?”
The two key takeaways were: easy and intuitive are pretty much the same thing and less is more. During the login sequence, the feedback I was consistently given was to pair down the information required of the user and leave the majority of personal preferences to be set once a user had already created their profile.
Below is a video of my final user test.
For a PDF of all prototype screens click here: Everyday Chef Prototpye