Flock Prototype Simulation Informational Video

I’m a Bird Master

Today, we dived into interaction design. To start designing our data collection mobile app prototype, we used the Marvel prototyping app to prototype on paper and then simulate a user’s’ interaction. To start, I thought about a specific animal to study and a user group that would use my app. I chose citizens in cities as my user group who would record data on town birds like seagulls, crows, and pigeons. I thought urban citizens would be be ideal users because of how many played Pokemon Go during its launch. Birds seemed ideal, because I wondered if there was a correlation between the amount of birds in an area and the area’s public sanitation. I thought of this because birds tend to produce a lot of excrement creating a mess for public sanitation to clean up. To make the app grab the users like Pokemon Go, I decided to have the “gotta catch ’em all” aspect in my app. Users can collect virtual birds as they collect data on the real ones. That’s how my data collection app “Flock” was born.

Interaction Flow of “Flock”

Laziness Saves Trees

I figured that instead of using many index cards to draw each screen, I traced many screens onto a sheet of paper. I organized my screens better using this method, and wasted less paper. However, it made taking pictures of each screen a little difficult. Not to mention that the camera screen was narrow and cut off part of the screens. It took a while to zoom and rotate each screen to see all the content.

Really bright desk lamp makes a good studio light (Left); Various screens on a piece of paper front and back (Right)

You Say Marvel, I Say UPK

The Marvel prototyping app reminds me of another program I used during a high school internship called UPK (User Productivity Kit). Instead of simulating prototypes, I made tutorials on how to use various programs like the Windows phone, making a new page on Outlook, and setting up each company’s computers per their IT’s specifications for future interns. Like UPK, I can use Marvel to make tutorials for products that relatives like my grandparents need help using. I’m so glad that I found out about Marvel. If only they had a Samsung Galaxy screen option when I made my mobile app. The closest screen size I could find is the Nexus, but I felt it was a little narrow for the Samsung screen when I was taking pictures of my app screens.

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