Winda is an app that gives the users suggestions of events/deals/trips based on the available time the user has. It is an app for people who do not find the time to go explore or have fun during a working/school week.
Philadelphia is number three on the New York Times’ list of must-see places in 2015. The city is quickly becoming an art and cultural center on the east coast. Consider ways in which both native Philadelphians and visitors can discover and attend cultural events taking place in the city. How can these events be discovered? How do people get there. How can technology be used to enhance a visitor’s experience during the event? Pick one aspect of of the event experience and make it the focus of your project.
Starting off the project, we were given description of the goal of the project. This is all stated in the prompt above. Then, the first step was to immersive myself in the topic and then conduct research related to my discoveries. In this research, I found out about the current state of students going to events in the city.
To sum it up, I found this out:
1. People are generally interested in local Philly art, museums and events.
2. Foreign students go mostly with their friends, while Americans tend to save the cultural visits to when they get family/friends visiting.
3. The major attraction(s) that draw Penn students to the Center are restaurants, bars, cafe’s and other social events.
4. With regards to WHEN all this happens, people mostly go outside University City over the weekends (sometimes Thursday and Friday as well). This is due to the fact that the students simply do not have time during the week due to lots of homework.
5. All interviewees use their phone to find places, sights, bars and to take pictures/videos with when out.
Students, both foreign and American, have a general interest in local culture, art and food and want to go explore, but simply do not have enough time to do so.
I basically found out that the number one reason why students do not go out that much during a school week is because they do not find the time to do it. This was a design opening that I wanted to work with. Please see the diagram above to get more information about my discoveries. I have listed the current steps in going to an event and then highlighted the pain points that I could work with.
Winda is created in the class ‘Interfacing Culture’ at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in the spring of 2015. The research, the sketches, the designs and final prototype is all created by me.
In the sketching process, I started outlining the basic components of my app. Especially the thing about calculating whether you have time to go to an event or not by dividing the city into ‘time zones’ was very interesting. I also started thinking in user flows and functionalities/experiences with the app.
The digital wireframes done in Sketch 3 were then converted into mock-ups in proto.io. This was both to get a sense of the final design of the app, but also to start prototyping it.