ROOM X MATE
My 1st UX project
What the users really need
An Apt/House for Rent User Experience App
The purpose of this research is to take a look of the potential users of an Apt/House for rent user experience app and make sure what their needs and what features they would like to see in the app.
GOALS & NEEDS
Start planning the structure of the app
The sitemap helps me determine where in the app users should see what's important to them.
Always wearing the user's shoes
After creating the sitemap -- I wanted to spell out specific flows users would take within the app. These documents illustrate those routes -- showing all points of interaction and decision-making
Planning the boards
After creating the sitemap and user flows -- I felt ready to start sketching potential layouts. These pictures illustrate some of my initial thinking.
Visualizing the real functions
The next step was transferring these paper-and-pencil sketches to digital files. I used Balsamiq as an intermediate step before going into Illustrator. This allows for flexible wireframing before committing to building a high-fidelity prototype.
CHALLENGE: How much screen real estate should be allocated to finding a roommate
Unity and Consistent
I chose these subtle colors because I want the focus of the app to be on the information being displayed.
Connecting all together
While working on the prototype projects, at first I created all the boards in Xd. It can easily work between Adobe Illustrator and XD. However, while I want to do the test, it seems XD is not user-friendly. Therefore, I went back to InVision, which I can test the prototype easier on the laptop and the mobile (app). The struggle is that on the real screen, even the 1 pixel is very crucial. There are lots of times that I need to go back and forth between the boards and fix the minor pixel changes. Also, how to connect all the boards right is important. During the test, I figured out that if you visit one board, you’ll get stuck and nowhere to go.
Understand the validation process
Overall all the testing is going well the the users are able to accomplish the given tasks without problem. There was some confusion caused by the prototype limitations. The users are willing to share their personal ideas to improve the app.