Allergy Free For Me App
Allergy Free For Me is an academic project I created where we were to transform a brand new idea for an application into a high-fi prototype. AFFM was created to help people with allergies and dietary restrictions find places where they can dine safely. The application offers users the ability to find restaurants by allergy and/or location, favorite places to save them for later, and search by establishment name, as well as read and leave reviews.
Beginning with a competitive analysis I searched for applications designed tolocate restaurants and applications that specifically served users with any type of food restriction or required specialty dining. I then performed my analysis comparing the direct and indirect competitors.
Focusing on potential users who experience food allergies or other dining restrictions, I performed 200+ surveys to see what this specific audience desired or would benefit from in an allergy free based application. By conducting these surveys I learned when and how the participants generally searched for restaurants, the feedback they felt was the most helpful, and which allergies or dietary restrictions were the most common.
After brainstorming user personas, (meet Cecilia Celiac and Bill Barley) I created two user task flows to illustrate common scenarios I guessed would be the most popular of situations the app would be useful for.
"As a traveler with Celiac disease, I want to be able to search for verified gluten free dining options so that I can enjoy my vacations without worrying about getting sick."
"As a person who is lactose intolerant and has other food sensitivities, I would like to read the reviews people have shared after eating in the restaurants I'm interested in. I also want to be able to save my finds for future use."
After completing the remaining information architecture, I began sketching wireframes and created paper prototypes. I had a few users test the paper prototypes allowing me to implement their feedback easily before moving on to the digital wireframes.
After a few iterations of paper prototypes, I moved on to low-fi prototypes to test the established user task flows. Using inVision, I was able to test my low-fi prototypes with multiple users to ensure all significant changes could be made during this time.
After multiple user tests and further iterations, I moved on to the creation of hi-fi prototypes. Once all UI was established, typography, chosen color palette, images, etc. I moved my designs into InVision to create the deliverables of this project of these hi-fi clickable prototypes.