"We found that we were more productive working in a café. However, there have been a couple instances where we would walk into a café and find that all the seats are occupied, or limited power outlets. That means we have to spend more time searching up nearby cafés to only hope there will be available seats. We wanted to develop an app that would help in tackling this problem. It would save time and maintain our motivation to be productive to do work." 

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Project Title

More and more professionals find themselves productive when they work in a coffee shop. However, productivity decreases when you find all the tables are occupied, no Wi-Fi, scarce outlets, poor ambience, etc., thus resulting in inefficient time spent trying to search for other workspaces. This case study aims to solve and tackle the challenge of how might we aid young professionals and students find the best suited workspace to increase and maintain their productivity? 

MY ROLE

Research, Ideation, UI/UX, Prototyping

TEAM MEMBERS

Anna Bacani, Catilin Lewis, Mirabelle Wang

TOOLS WE USED

Illustrator, Sketch, Invision, After Effects

Secondary Research

The first step into developing this app is conducting primary and secondary resesarch through user interviews and on-site observations to better understand the problem, and find out the different ways and environment of how and where an individual study/work.

USER INTERVIEWS

Conducting interiews and collecting surveys from anonymous participants who fell in the range of our target audience was a great help. This step asserted our team's expected problems, but also gave us insight to other problems that we had not known and considered.

PACT ANALYSIS

An analysis that reflects on People, Activities, Content and Technology, our team brainstormed and observed to further develop an understanding of our target audience and users.

MOSCOW METHOD

This acronym stands for Must have, Should have, Could have and Would have. The set of questions that this method provides guided our team in determining our app's key features and system requirements. 

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Defining User Personas

Creating different user personas aided the team to understand the different needs as well as the different range of potential users that would interact with this mobile application. 

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Key Application Features

Four main features were determined using the MoSCoW method that define the basic functionality of the app: search, filters, bookings, and favourites.

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Visual Design

Our team's collective agreement and direction was made possible by conducting visual research, and creating moodboards that varied in visual themes (monochromatic, dark, bright and colourful, and minimalistic).

Based on our visual research and the category our mobile application falls under, we opted for the minimal, clean, and sophisticated visual style. However, the varying visual themed moodboards served as inspiration for designing our group's interface layouts, user experience flows, iconography, and illustrations. 

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User Interface Design Development

Our app's interface went through many revisions and came a long way from the initial to the final design. Above shows the development of the screens as we received feedback through user testing sessions and peer critiques—number 01 being first draft, and the last number being the final version. 

Final Project Deliverable: The Prototype & Feature Video

The final prototype outlines the list of scenarios and tasks determined to test out the main features of the mobile application. Solely focusing on the main features allowed a more streamlined development for the needs of the user, as these features make up the core of the application. 

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Last updated September 2019

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