Although I feel I’m just getting started with these iterations of my new App idea for CapMetro, our quarter is coming to a close. Our Rapid Iteration and Creative Problem Solving class has been an eye opening study for me on understanding systems, making digital renderings, and working through step-by-step details of process.
I started the quarter with the assignment as given- redesign the existing CapMetro app. While I started the first few iterations just sketching, sharpie to paper, a new problem arose. Over a weekend during our quarter I had a frustrating experience trying to travel to an event in the Austin area. I wanted to use public transportation and I felt there was no adequate system, website, app, etc. to help me find easily a way to travel to the event. So the idea was born, why not make a sister app, to the CapMetro Transportation app that focuses only on a specific festival and how to get around town and all the designated venues easily and frustration-free.
I first began trying to make an all-in-one events app, and that was quite a mess. So I refocused on one specific event- South by Southwest. It’s been a lot of fun trying to organize the events and calendars so that it’s simple to know what is going on around you and gives an easy portal to CapMetro transportation services (including a map and walking points in-between stops.)
Each digital iteration I have been posting every week here on the AC4D blog. Today I’d like to share with you where I am on this next iteration.
The user can discover new events that they possibly hadn’t seen or heard of through this feature of the App. Based on current user favorites, where they’re located and trending popularity, this is kept to a minimum number of events per section and is simply meant to be a fun way of exploring what’s around you. When clicking into the event there is a larger section of detail with an image. And there is always a button (represented by the M in the circle) to start your journey of getting there via CapMetro in Austin.
Here the user begins their travel to their destination of choice. There are a couple ideas represented here- one the user is automatically identified in their place of standing on the map. A drop pins identifies their location (represented by a circle with a pulsing circle around it.) This is the “you are here” portion of the map- and remains so for the duration of the user’s journey. The user can search by even or exact address in the search fields. And the map follows the user in real time shown on the map above. There is also an option to swipe up and leave the map out of view to just follow the list view directions, that also follow the user’s journey in real time.
Schedule flow:Added this iteration is the ability to narrow viewable results by section (Interactive, Film, Music, or all) to help consolidate all the events into viewing only what the user is interested in at any given time. Once the sections are chosen another viewing option is reveled where you can pick viewing by category under each main section above. The grey “striped” pattern is to represent color-coding each section for an even more identifiable grasp as to what event matches each section of the festival.
New Event Flow:This is my first attempt at trying to organize the amount of events a user would be possibly attending. As you can see in the menu bar, “events” is added as it will be a strong and useful function for the user to have easy access to. On the second screen the day markers move to the top of the screen easily by touch to help quickly view what day you’re interested in looking through your events in.
Favorites / Settings:In this favorite section the user has the ability to transfer their saved events directly into their iCal for more streamlined organization, and can share via social media (share button) their plans with the public if they chose to. This I feel aesthetically is a bit clunky and I would love to continue to try to rework this segment to simply note the ideas that users would like to have as an added convenience.
Moving forward I’d love to continue to work on the ease of viewing an intense amount of data simply. But more so I’d like to work through the “getting there” portion of the App- which was my main goal in the first place. I’ve learned through working through these iterations that for me to wrap my head around complex problems, I need to get outside of my head and sketch it out a ton of times to work out the major issues and dead ends that may appear in working through systems. I love the challenge though, and feel this is a very complex puzzle to be solved so it makes the work fun and rewarding in the end.