As I come to the end of my app prototyping project I find myself incredibly impressed with all that I’ve accomplished. I’ve never thought that I’d be able to create such a professional looking medium to high fidelity prototype that is 100% my own. I’m so proud of the work I’ve done and all that I’ve achieved through this process. Not to mention how much I enjoyed every step. It’s such a rewarding feeling knowing that I’m learning something that I will take with me throughout my entire life and that these skills will help me go far in my career. I’m so excited to share My Mountainside with you.
Last week I created paper prototypes for an app I was developing called My Mountainside, which you can read about here. The paper prototypes are a great way to visualize your ideas and put them down on paper. This week, however, I took it to the next level. Using a program called POP (Programming on Paper) I was able to take my paper prototypes and make them interactive. Now users would be able to click through my paper prototypes in a sort of app demo and I could get feedback. I could talk with my users and discuss what they thought was confusing or difficult and get entirely new perspectives. Below is what I discovered during those tests.
Prototyping is an incredibly important stage in design thinking. Here is where you put your ideas to paper (literally in my case) and see if your idea can actually exist in the real world.
In my previous post, which you can read here, I outlined changes that I would like to see made to my town’s website. Now, adapting those changes to an app I’m going to demonstrate three different unique user experiences and stories with that app, which I am choosing to call My Mountainside. The purpose of this app is to help residents of Mountainside stay connected to what’s happening in the town, look up information about the town and communicate with others in the town. Functions of the app more specifically include an events calendar where you can sign up/ learn more about upcoming events, a list of businesses in the town including times of operation and the option to make a reservation and lastly a forum to speak to other town residents to have questions answered and meet your neighbors. The target audience for this app is newly moved in residents trying to meet new people and try new things and young families that are looking for fun things to do.
In my previous post, where you can read here, I tackled my town of Mountainside’s okay-but-not-great website and made suggestions for changes. Most of the changes revolved around reorganization. None of the website tabs seemed unnecessary, they mostly just seemed to be in odd places. Luckily for Mountainside I was their Marie Kondo and I happily reorganized some of the aspects of the site that were certainly not bringing me joy.
It’s no secret that most town municipalities have bad websites. In fact, they’re almost notorious for how terrible their web design is. And unfortunately, my home town in no exception. Dark, hard to read, poor layout, you name it and my town website probably has it. But all hope is not lost as I broke down my town’s website and made suggestions about where they could fix some of the more… troubling areas of the site.
I’ve got a lot of apps. Some I use a lot and some I hardly touch. But if I were to design a perfect app, I know exactly what I would love to have right at my fingertips. See, I love to shop. I probably (definitely) have too many clothes and my closet is very cramped. If I could create any app it would be to help me keep track of all my clothes, shoes and accessories and maybe I would be able to put outfits together on a model that looked like me. This way I could stop forgetting about old clothes in my closet, stop myself from buying new clothes that I don’t need and help to get dressed every day without pulling everything out of my closet and making a mess.