Explore Corca Dhuibhne
A mobile app I designed in collaboration with my colleague Sinéad Davis for our Master’s thesis. We completed all design, development, and user research ourselves and documented our findings in our thesis, available at the DIT library. Fáinne is currently in beta testing, to be released soon on the App Store.
Our thesis is available for download here.
Our process began with a giant brainstorm. What app could we make that would appeal to users, satisfy the requirements of our thesis project (to design and development a mobile app with digital media elements), and applied passions that Sinéad and I shared?
We went through any number of ideas relating to music, folklore, etc. Ultimately we settled on one area where we could see a need that wasn't being met, Irish language tourism.
We completed extensive research when deciding on the app we would design, development, and document for our thesis project.
We began with online surveys to gage interest in such an app, to identify target audiences and future user testers. We came back to many of these early testers to continue testing iterative prototypes, from paper to Invision to beta. We gained a lot of valuable insight from their experiences, and made a lot of changes to meet our users needs.
We wanted to create a user-centered design that our users found easy and fun to use. To figure out how to accomplish that we brought our questions straight to the users!
We conducted user research sessions online to evaluate what features our users would like to see and then continued to test with many of the same users to get their feedback throughout our development and design process as the project evolved. Our user testing sessions were so enlightening! We tested with people both in the development industry and outside of it, with a known interest in Irish language and no prior experience. Each user had a slightly different take on the project and provided with great constructive criticism. More on user testing below in the prototyping section.
We developed three personas based on our user research and developed of use cases to suit the needs of our personas.
Data Model and Use Cases
We developed use cases based on our personas, and then in turn created a data model based on these use cases to plan our functionality and corresponding assets.
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Fail Fast Fail Hard
Prototyping and User Testing
We used Invision App, XCode, Flinto, and paper prototyping for user testing sessions with assets create in Illustrator.
Get an idea of the evolution of the app through wireframing and prototyping in these photos from of user testing sessions. A lot of changes made over time!
ScreenShots of Fáinne Beta
Below are screenshots from our beta build on the iPhone 6. We are still working on tweaking our build to best represents the visual assets and digital media we have created, so stay tuned for updates.
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