Activity mobile app began as an idea at a campus sponsored hackathon. Students aimed to find hiking trails that best suited their needs. As the user experience and interface designer I manufactured the applications layout, appearance, and primary functions.
An application that allows the user to locate nearby trailheads, view trail specs, and receive trail updates.
Recreational park sites are often outdated, difficult to use, and lack helpful reviews. Weeding through these sites can be time consuming and frustrating. Hikers fail to receive notifications regarding trail availability in real time.
Eliminate the need to visit multiple sites and reduce search time by developing a one stop application that offers more than basic trail info.
Provide user with information that is often difficult to find, and instructions on how to access said information in the real world.
Incorporate local opinions and encourage safety by offering trail reviews and dificulty ratings.
Increase activity among users and promote a heathy lifestyle.
Hailey is a transfer student. She would love to continue her active lifestyle and knows that San Luis Obispo has an abundance of outdoor hiking trails. Hailey doesn't feel safe hiking alone. She is always on the go and trusts her phone for her class schedule. Hailey uses her campus map to find new buildings and the library. She needs a new way to explore unfamiliar areas without feeling unprepared or lost.
Steven just got a promotion and has very little free time. He has a passion for landscape photography and hiking. Steven is interested in exploring the outskirts of his town. He has stopped going to the gym in the mornings, and he is starting to feel the effects of limited exercise. Steven needs a new way to stay active, and he must know the exact amount of time it will take him to complete a workout.
Trail availability, distance, difficulty ratings, reviews, photos, and trail navigation all within a radius of their choosing.
The average time it takes to hike a certain trail, and the amount of time it will take to reach the trail entrance.
Hazard warnings such as mountain lions, rattlesnakes, flooding, etc. (suggestions on what to pack, if anything).
Using an Information Architecture I was able to visualize the app structure. Based on the problems and user needs, this app requires three main functions: Trail Browsing, Trail Navigation, and Trail Specs.
Wireframes allowed me to conceptualize appearance. The overall layout is clean and simple so that users can access information without staying on their phones too long. Icons are heavily used in order to eliminate unnecessary blocks of text.
After choosing a trail within their preset radius users will be directed to the entrance. Similar to most navigation tools, traffic updates will help provide an ETA.
A list view provides the opportunity to scroll through nearby trails rather than move around the map.
Notifications will appear on whatever screen the user is currently viewing, and the notifications tab will host a list of previous warnings.
The description tab will host basic info, ratings, and photos. It will also be home to recent reviews posted by other users.
The profile tab will keep a log of previous hikes and accomplishments. The bucket list feature will track "dream hikes" all over the world with additional in depth reviews.
The settings tab allows users to update their hiking preferences and specify what they are looking for.
This project allowed me to design a tool that I would personally love to use. Being that our target consumer was university students we were able to receive a great deal of useful feedback. Activity was later recognized as a finalist at the hackathon. In the future I hope to work on projects with the same level of intensity and with a similar goal of improving active lifestyles.