First, I came up with three ideas for apps that I felt were different apps that were similar to my idea and explained what made my prototype different from them.
Swimming App Research
Once I picked what app I wanted to focus on, I looked up competitors that apps were similar, I described their functions and what they provided to consumers and differentiated them from mine, and explained what made mine unique. Below is a moodboard made up of my competitors, what their apps look like, and gives a little explanation of why mine is different.
Deck Pass allows its users to connect with their USA membership. When you swim in a meet and obtain a goal, get a certain time standard, etc. you get a patch. You can collect a lot of patches throughout your swim carrer. You can set goals, invite friends and see live results. What makes my app different is that you can build your profile, but instead of having meaningless patches that you don’t ever use you can use your profile to get you to a program you desire to swim for. And you can log practices and laps.
Just Swim allows you to record how many laps you have done, for how long and records your overall yardage for the week and lets you keep track of goals. It also allows different goals to achieve like healthy breakfast or swim a certain amount that day. Lastly, it gives you some articles to read. However, it doesn’t allow you to connect with your apple watch and let it track your distance for you and it doesn’t allow you to build a profile.
This is the closest app I found to my idea. It allows a lot of the same things except it gives you articles to read. The difference between mine and this one and what makes mine special is allowing you to track your practices and yard and keep log of them. I feel that is more beneficial to a swimmer than having some articles to read. And I also believe being able to contact coaches is what makes mine special too.
Step 2: Personas
Step 3: App Features
Previous App Features
These were features that were what I had first thought up for the app.
1. Keeps track of how much you have swam.
2. Keeps track of heart rate and calorie loss depending on your personal health.
3. It keeps track of your heart rate and calorie loss through a chart only you can access.
4. You can keep a log of your practices either manually or by photo.
5. You can keep track of you swim times from meets.
6. You can use these times and easily send them to recruiters, coaches, etc.
7. You can look up other registered swimmer profiles and compare times.
8. Three different types of profiles. Registered swimmers, Coaches, Regular swimmers.
With some little changes to the features, things were taken out and put in based on what my peers, professor and I thought were beneficial to the app without making it confusing.
1. You don't need a profile to work most of the features of the app
2. Keeps track of how much you have swam.
3. You can make your own personal profile and go back and change you goals and weight or any other information
4. Keeps track of heart rate and calorie loss depending on your personal health.
5. It keeps track of your heart rate and calorie loss through a chart only you can access while saving previous dates and their logistics.
6. You cacn set up the distance and type of practice you want to accomplish.
7. You can search practices, tips, or other things beneficial to swimming practices.
8. You have a favorites list of practices or tips you liked and want to go back and look at or redo.
9. You can change units, time date, or even disable or reopen your accounts through the setting button
Step 4: Sitemap and Process Flow
First Flow Chart
Second Flow Chart
Step 5: Wireframes
Step 6: Video
Step 7: User Testing Results
1. You want to create a new acount to use all the premium features.
2. After creating an account, you want to start a new workout.
3. After you workout, you see you lost some weight from working out so much and wnat to update your weight.
4. You are feeling pretty good working out everyday and want to make your self a higher goal.
5. You didn't reach your goal on April 6 and want to check your logistics.
6. For today's practice you want to look at your favorites list and add more.
7. Once you are done your workout, you decided you really liked that workout and want to save it to your favorites.
8. After adding that practice, you want to look at your favorites list and add more.
9. You are going into your summer season and want to change the metrics of you distance.
10. You realize a lot of this is toocompliated and want to disable your account for the basic version.
• Got through first three questions with ease.
• Would have gotten through the first 7, but on questsion 4 she knew to swipe but it did not work on the phone at first and so she was confused. However,it worked and she informed me that she knew that's what she wanted to do when she saw the dots.
• On question 8 she did not scroll all the way down at first, but then did and found it.
• She got through question 9 easily, but question 10 she first thought that you do it through profile instead of settings, but then she found it.
• Talked out loud when she was performing every action and didn't give up when she didn't get it on the first try.
• Got through first three questions with ease.
• Did not see dots on thye profile page which meant you swie to see your other parts of your profile including activity and goals. The reason I changed it from scroll to swipe is because no one would scroll all the way down when I had it like that in my uxpin wireframe.
• Got through the next 4 with ease
• Went to the profile first to disable account, but then found it in the settings button.
• Got through first two questions with ease.
• Did not see the weight on the profile section and the pencil to edit it.
• Did not notice dots to swipe to get to goals for question 4. She expected them to be at the bottom.
• Got through the next 4 with ease.
• Didn't see the setting button.
• Got question 10 easily.
• Seemed easily to give up when she did not get it on the first try