Cecilia Villegas
Industrial and Graphic Designer
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Readmates App

Readmates is the ideal social network for avid readers, bookworms, people who live to read. The app allows users to share their books, whether digital or physical with all their friends; it provides a platform where people can borrow books from others, and keep a detailed record of who has their books and from whom they borrowed books. Furthermore, it provides users a reliable source from which they can find new recommended books to read, whether from friends recommendations, from the user’s favorite authors or list of suggested titles, etc.; all this so that the users feel comfortable that the titles will be good and would interest them. Additionally, Readmates allows people to store and manage all their books, digital or physical, in a centralized place, by aggregating all content from their accounts with other providers.

PAIN POINTS

Abundance of sources and information regarding new books.

Uncertainty of New Book’s quality.

Unorganized lists of books & recommendations, and its sources and content.

Struggle to track physical books exchanged with others.

Difficulty of Sharing books with friends, family and colleagues.

Scattered content in many different services.

BRAG POINTS

Aggregates content from providers, such as Kindle, iBooks, among others; so that it allows users access to their books purchased.

Allows users to share their books with their network of friends, both digital and physical books.

Keeps track of all books in the user’s library, so that they can know who did they borrow a book, and what their friends are reading.

Populates recommendations for new titles to read, based on the users’ selected lists, as well as suggestions from their previous readings.

Allows users to recommend titles to their friends, chat with them and even create a book club to talk about their most recent reads.

Readmates App

Readmates is the ideal social network for avid readers, bookworms, and everyone who lives to read. It allows users share, whether digital or physical books, with all their friends; people can borrow books from others, and keep a detailed record of who has their books and from whom they borrowed books. Furthermore, it provides users a reliable source from which they can find new recommended books to read, whether from friends recommendations, from the user’s favorite authors or list of suggested titles, etc.; all this so that the users feel comfortable that the titles will be good and would interest them.


Role in the Project: Designer

Digital Design. App Design.

Interface Design. SCAD Atlanta. Fall 2016



 

Pain Points

Abundance of sources and information regarding new books, and an uncertainty of New Book’s quality. Struggle to track physical books exchanged with friends and family, which leads to a difficulty of sharing books with friends, family and colleagues.

 

Brag Points

Readmates aggregates content from providers, such as Kindle, iBooks, among others; so that it allows users access to their books purchased. It allows users to share their books with their network of friends, both digital and physical books and keeps track of those books so user's know what everyone's reading. Finally, it also populates recommendations for new titles to read, based on the users’ selected lists and previous readings.

 

Design Process

Stories

For this project the story revolved around Rebecca, an avid reader who has developed a routine every time she wants to find new books to read. In the story there were several challenges that lead to the pain points of the app, such as, difficulty to find trust-worthy recommendations, frustration when she wanted to share her books, the difficulty of tracking books she borrowed, among many others. 

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Flow Diagrams

Flow of different tasks to be performed by the users. The different shapes specify the screen that the user is viewing (square) the interaction required from the user (circle) and the background action from the system to answer to the user's request (triangle).

 
 

Sketches

Based on the pain points and flow diagrams developed, I created the sketches that would take the user through the app, following the flow diagrams and resolving each pain point. The following notes were taken after usability tests that led to the improvement of the app's design.

 
Style Tiles

Style Tiles

The Style tiles were created to get a feel of how the design would look like, to further confirm if this satisfied the user and the goals of the project.