Never Read a Dull Book Again

Hera Saqib
Sep 6, 2018 · 5 min read

Bookhive- A social platform for book lovers.

Jane is a creative working woman in London, who has many interests. Some of these are walking her dog on a bright sunny day and going to the pub with her friends. Though above all, she loves to read.

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Jane’s Hobbies

What’s the problem?

“Jane needs a way of finding books that are more suited to her taste, as she sometimes finds herself not finishing a book due to lack of interest”

Picture this

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“Peace and quiet at last!”

It’s a calm Sunday Morning. You have no errands to run and have a whole day to spend at your leisure. You realise it’s the perfect time to read a book! You’re excited. But wait, first you need to find the right book. So as you would pick a movie on Netflix, you start by browsing the internet!

SEARCHES *Top Fiction Books of 2018*

“Oh wait, this book is on my shelf!”

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You find the book that was recommended by Google and begin reading. You get to page 50* and realise it is not to your liking and so decide to stop reading. At this point you have a few options. You could either repeat your steps of searching for a book or you could give up and do something else with your time. What would you do?

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“Hmm, maybe I’ll call my friends”

(Note, the pattern for starting a bad movie on Netflix has similar steps).

Well, let’s rewind

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Jane’s Journey

“All that excitement led up to this… Really?!”

So what does Jane need?

In an Ideal Situation…

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“Hey what’s that app called again?”

She would call a friend that uses Bookhive, which she would download to her mobile. All her problems would be solved- of course.

But wait! What is Bookhive?

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It started with multiple name ideas but one driving concept

Jane would be at the heart of this close-knit book community, which would comprise of her family and friends. Additionally, she could follow her favourite authors to see their frequent updates. The general concept is that she can easily view what her community is reading with a click of a button.

How do you know what your friends are reading? Most of the time, it comes up naturally in conversation, but what if there was a way that we could see constant updates of their reading statuses?

Testing with Paper

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To map out my initial ideas, I quickly drew out prototypes on paper. By testing and redesigning, I was able to draft out the basic pages of the app for digital translation.

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I then reiterated the design process, going up in fidelity each time. The image above shows how the home page evolved from paper prototype to high fidelity. Geometry plays a key role in conveying particular styles and purposes. I found that the bubble and circles were taking up more space than needed and were not as visually pleasing. Through research and design, I found that hexagons were much more suited to the network interface, as less space was wasted between, and it delivered the idea of a close knit community well.

Moodboard

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Branding the App

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Comfort — Connection — Reflection

The moodboard helped me sum up my findings into three key words. These were then used to develop my high fidelity prototype. The feeling of a tight knit community came from ‘connection’. Jane admired the opinion of likeminded readers, which is where ‘reflection’ sprung from.

Improvements

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Next features for App

*https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/nancy-pearls-rule-of-50-for-dropping-a-bad-book/article565170/

NYC Design

A publication for designers of New York & design lovers from all around the world.

Hera Saqib

Written by

UX Designer

NYC Design

A publication for designers of New York & design lovers from all around the world. Design thinking is what makes us share with the whole world.

Hera Saqib

Written by

UX Designer

NYC Design

A publication for designers of New York & design lovers from all around the world. Design thinking is what makes us share with the whole world.

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