App Concept

Grababite

Curtis L. Thornton
Oct 1, 2018 · 4 min read

Grababite is a conceptual phone app that simplifies and facilitates the act of inviting a group of friends to grab a quick bite together on a short notice or at a specific date and time.

Born out of the frustration that my friend was having in organizing a quick lunch with friends, I worked with him and several other people who shared the same struggle into creating an app to solve this problem.

Concept & Flow

Categories & Search

Maps & Invites

Friends & Clubs

User Research

The app itself was received very well from users who were generally very social in their lifestyle. Other users not so much. From those users, Facebook Events was mentioned several times as an already established form of meeting up with friends, which I knew we were going up against.

The frictionless aspect of the app was still received from the less social users. They liked the ability to quickly create meetup events with very little effort, and loved the messaging and tracking features.

Some concerns were brought up about the tracking feature — something we had considered during the testing phase of the main app features. Others pointed out the possible misuse of this feature to “spy” on someone through the app, since one is able to see their friends’ location in the app once a place is selected.

We considered several other options for the tracking map, such as letting the user decided to “place” themselves in areas they frequently visit, such as work and home, and to be alerted when a friend decides to create a new meetup near those place. Another option was to only gather the last known location of the users’ friends, but this led to confusion about who was really nearby and who wasn’t.

Fortunately, the users who were more social didn’t mind the tracking aspect of the app. They were already open about posting where they were, and didn’t mind if their friends knew their exact location.

Conclusion

Overall, this project has been a blast to work on, and I can’t wait to see it deployed some day.

Curtis Thornton Portfolio

Portfolio for Product Designer & UI/UX Specialist Curtis…