- Bubble icon – user thought that this was a place to chat
- User was drawn to check own profile
- Missing back buttons
- Wanted a way to minimize the about section (chef profile) so that it doesn’t take up the whole screen
- Wanted to be able to rate recipe at the bottom of a recipe after making it
- Don’t need a confirmation page for posting a recipe
- User didn’t think settings was important enough to be its own nav item
Old App Map
I realized that a lot of the items that were on my app map were not actual screens, but rather states that occur on the same screen. I also got rid of the settings tab and replaced it with the profile tab, which houses settings.
New App Map
I downloaded Citizen after a friend told me about how morbid and depressing it is. Citizen allows users to see what is happening around them based on 911 reports. While it’s totally morbid, I find the app super informative since I’m always curious about what is going on in the neighborhood.
I was born & raised in the East Village, just a few blocks away from Parsons. I studied psychology for my undergrad and after graduating, I took an immersive UX Design course at General Assembly. Since then, I have been doing freelance UX and have found myself primarily designing mobile apps.
3 things I didn’t know from the HIG
- Avoid permanently hiding the status bar. I never actually knew that it was an option to hide the status bar until I played the Animal Crossing game for iOS. I thought that it was a poor choice on their part because I forced me to leave the app to check the time. It makes sense that Apple would strongly advise against it but I never really thought about it until now.
- Custom Keyboards. I didn’t know that this was an option either. In all of the apps that I’ve helped design, it never even came up as a consideration. I’m sure that I’ve seen it before in some apps but just totally ignored the fact that it was different from Apple’s dark and light themes.
- App Icon Customization. This is also something that I didn’t know was possible. According to the HIG, you can provide a set of app icons within your app and allow the user to choose which one displays on their phone.
About the App
For my food app, I created an app that is essentially a social media platform for chefs to share recipes. It works similarly to Instagram in that you can follow chefs, discover new chefs, and even post as a chef yourself. This is the very rough framework for how the app will function.