Coursera Design

Assignments for Coursera's "Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society" and a selection of assignments for General Assembly's "User Experience Design"

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Assignment 6.1 - Alpha

1. GAP

I am addressing the following: a service that helps users travel like locals while on vacation. You can read more about my gap, and its exploration in Week 2.

2. PRIMARY USER NEEDS

  1. The service is easy to use
  2. The service helps me locate the places to visit 
  3. (!) The service makes me sound like a local
  4. (!) The service makes me look like a local
  5. The service uses “reputable” information
  6. The service allows for open exchange between users
  7. The service can be accessed in multiple ways
  8. The service is fun to use
  9. The service helps users plan a vacation

 

3. ALPHA PROTOTYPE

Want to learn more about the concepts and initial ideas that influenced this Alpha prototype? Check out my initial ten concepts in Week 3, my designs in Week 4, and my refined concept in Week 5.

Here is a link to my Alpha prototype

https://www.fluidui.com/editor/live/preview/p_cyuH4TO2tCPLevQyPoUg2vgTOR7umZJt.1370836098842

Technical details:

  1. Email me at aliciafowler@gmail.com if you have trouble viewing this prototype. Or view the gallery below.
  2. When you click on the link, you should see a screen like the one in the image below. 
  3. Note, on a phone you need to click the link that says "try this mockup in the browser".
  4. I have tried this on Chrome and Safari browsers with success. On Firefox the type and images render strangely, so please use Chrome if possible.
 First screen of prototype. Note, on a phone you need to click the link that says "try this mockup in the browser".

First screen of prototype. Note, on a phone you need to click the link that says "try this mockup in the browser".

A couple of notes as you click through:

  1. SHOWN AS APP. For ease, I've made my travel service as an app for right now. Ideally this service is a website or even a business with a physical aspect, but for now, an app it is.
  2. LINK FUNCTIONALITY. I've made live text red, for the most part. If you see red text, you can click that to get to a new screen. If you notice your circle cursor turns blue, then you've found a link as well! I couldn't make the buttons or icons red, so please look for a change in the cursor. Please realise that this is an app you can click through, but you can't really interact with. Yet. 
  3. WORK-IN-PROGRESS. This is still very rough. I think it's about 50% of the way to a Beta prototype. I have focused on functionality more than design. Though I still have a lot to do in terms of functionality and design, I hope this is a good first pass to help you understand the concept.
  4. FURTHER REFINEMENTS. Between now and the Beta prototype, I plan to build out what the experience is like for a local. I'll consider what it's like to upload an itinerary, and perhaps build a profile.  I'd also like to look at how the user can exert more control over the itineraries through bookmarking features or other customization features.

 

Gallery: 

 

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