Sunday, March 10, 2013

Week 6: Balsamiq

This week I designed my first app using the toolkit provided by Balsamiq. The changes I made to my prototype are as follows:

1) buttons for categories could be lists to allow scrolling up and down 

2) there was a lot of screens before actually getting to a list of restaurants, so there's always an option at the top of the screen that allows users to jump to results instead of putting in extra information.

Here's my design so far! Let me know what you guys think!


  1. Was hoping to see your week 5 submission first, but have done a heuristic evaluation on your prototype following the Nielsen Usability Heuristics

    NH:Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
    -- how will the app cope if the user won't give location -- severity of 3

    NH:Flexibility and efficiency of use
    -- automatically determining or highlighting meal for time of day. -- severity of 2
    -- automatically recommending skip to results when number of locations is known to be small to avoid user drilling down through lots of categories only to find nothing available -- severity of 3

    NH:User control and freedom
    -- getting back to start from skip to results -- severity of 4
    -- no back button -- severity of 4

    NH:Consistency and standards
    -- confused when seeing both transport options and how many miles, same with combination of type of location and cost; and then special requests and mood -- severity of 3

    Great work getting the demo running so smoothly in Balsamiq, but please do ensure that your pair with programmers for the next few weeks for further heuristic evaluations. The programmers Skype addresses are all here:

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  2. I think having a map in the beginning of the app would be very helpful, as it would show users what's immediately nearby and then they would have the choice to narrow down the choices if they wanted to. I will also add the option to skip to results at any time, I think that would be very helpful to my users as well.