UX/UI – Initial sketches & Ideas

After the last tutorial I went away and started to think further into the questions that were put to me last time. I started by looking at apps out there and their layouts as I felt that this would give me a good starting point to develop my own clear layouts. After the movie app design lecture I knew that I was going to have to think about icons and labelling to ensure that the users experience goes smoothly. I found that a lot of the apps had navigation points which is something I need to consider when I develop my own app.

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I also went away and started to nail down the content for the app, as I had lots of different ideas about what could be included in the app. I decided that there would be four areas that the app would do, route finding, places finding, user profile and waste bin finder. I thought that all four of these worked well together as they are things that you would use when out walking. I thought that the users could have a profile for the app which would allow them to input a route and then share with others using the app. I create a wireframe to help me start to visualise what the app could look like, working like this I think helps me best to create an aesthetics.  This wireframe highlights the four different elements of the apps and how they would interact with each other.

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Furthermore, thinking about the aesthetics for the app I thought about what the dog walkers aesthetic would be but in the end I came to the conclusion that dog owners are crazy about their dog therefore would maybe want their app to tailored to their dog. I thought about the main image being used would be personalised so that the user of the app would be able to simply add a image of their dog into the app. In terms of a name for the app I started to think more about what dog walking included so to do this I used the lotus blossom technique which helped to generate name ideas. A few of the initial names included; prints, bark and woof walks. However, I didn’t think that they highlighted the essence of the app and weren’t as catchy as I thought that they could have been. So I started thinking about the relationship between humans and dogs and what do owners call their dogs. The name doggo came to mind as it’s a nickname that some people do call their dogs, however, I thought that splitting the characters up to create Dog-Go was a go play on words as it highlighted that it was dog owners and taking them out.

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