How can we help people get work done?
Problem: Freelance workers need quiet places to work and meet with clients or take calls.
Solution: PostUp is an app that helps people find a place to get work done nearby.
How I worked on this bootcamp project in two weeks in 2020.
Getting inspiration from other apps
I searched for apps that help you find coffee shops for working. I also looked at apps to see how their search and filter functions worked.
Sketching the most critical screens
Creating a storyboard for the full experience
1. Search for an app on the app store and install app.
2. Open app, enter location.
3. See results, tap on a place for more info.
4. Review info about place, see how to get there.
5. Walk to place and work!
Issues with the UI
After having five people try out the prototype, this is what I heard:
It was not clear what the menu icons meant.
Some people didn't see this or it was confusing how to leave a review.
People wanted to know more about amenities, and options for ways to get to the shop.
Revisions of the design
Based on the feedback I heard, I made some minor changes to the UI:
- Labels with the menu icons
- Link for more info about amenities
- Option to change the mode of transportation
- One clear CTA for leaving a review
Quick iterations and testing
What I learned from this one-week project.
The usability testing helped me realize that icons alone aren’t always clear in their meanings, and more context is needed in some way.
If I had more time, I could have done a second round of user testing, but since this was a 5 day sprint, the timing was more compact.
This was a quick exercise to see how much can be accomplished in a short time to learn and iterate on an idea quickly.