Evolving fast: Tip-it!
March 1, 2013 11 Comments
After evaluating Pinterest, it was now our turn to start developing our own application. The developing consisted of three phases: brainstorming, storyboarding and paper prototyping. During the last session we discovered what the interpretation of these phases were. The new application had to have one theme:
Someone recommends something to someone else
In collaboration with team LPG we started the brainstorming for the new app. A first obstacle to conquer was the urgent need of team LPG to brainstorm on a laptop while having an ideal green board nearby. We won ;). Apart from that small issue, a lot of ideas came out. Each member of the two groups provided enough input and this was the result.
As you can see, there were three major parts on the green board. We thought about who could use the app, what types the users could recommend and how the recommendation would work.
The next phase of the process was storyboarding. Here we needed to sketch one of the main real-life scenario’s where our application could be used. Due to a time limit we sketched the first thing that came into our minds.We sketched a person on a party recommending that party to a lazy friend using a picture of a beautiful girl. Here you can see the storyboard.
It turned out that the idea of the storyboard should have been also the final idea for the application. Because of three main reasons we decided not to go further on this kind of application. First, the application was actually just a replacement for an SMS/MMS. Second, there would be a lot of privacy issues with taking pictures of (un)known people. Third and the most important, we didn’t actually like this kind of application ourselves en weren’t fully enthusiastic. Back to the drawing board!
The second iteration we started by brainstorming about the actual purpose of the application and for what we would use this kind of app. We came to the conclusion that in our environment recommendations were mostly about URL’s. We liked the idea of speeding up recommending URL’s and this became the base of the next storyboard.
This time our storyboard pictured a guy surfing. At a one moment he is watching some funny stuff online and immediately he thinks of his friend Carl. He thinks Carl would really like this site. So he ‘Suggests’ it to his friend. A bit later Carl has taken a look at the site and he informs his friend that he liked it. While storyboarding we found also the perfect name four our brand new application: Tip-It!
The next phase of the process was paper prototyping. In this phase we created some prototypes of the interfaces out of paper. With these we can then test the normal flow of the application quickly without having to do any implementation. Our drawing skills were tested to the maximum.
With curiosity we look forward to test our prototype to real users!