Case study draft outline

  1. Summary – background, challenge, team work
  2. Research –
  • initial ideas
  • competitor research images and paragraph
  • user research – interviews, personas, scenarios
  • conclusion, identifying patterns

3. Revised Plan – What is the app about?

4. Content Organization

  • journey maps
  • information architecture
  • wireframes and sketches

5. First prototype and testing

  • paper prototype
  • user testing
  • refinements

6. Visual Design

  • colors exploration and dilemma
  • icon development
  • graph
  • material design

7. Digital prototype testing

  • images
  • results, revisions

Testing tasks

I would like to test:

If the user knows how to find the weather forecast for a location different from where they are located.

If the user can read hourly forecast information.

If the user interprets the meaning of the icons properly.

If there is any information they need that the app does not provide them with.

Post-test question about the visual appearance of the app.

 

Questions:

What is the weather in Bellingham tomorrow?

Does the weather at Mt Baker allow for a skiing 5-day vacation?

What is the weather going to be in Miami, FL today at 7pm?

Is it going to be warm for the rest of the week in Miami?

Display the temperature in Celsius instead of Fahrenheit?

User Testing of Rough Comps

I tested three individuals, who were strangers and were not familiar with my work. The users were asked to look at weather information about a current location, a information about the weather at Mt. Baker.  To summarize, all users successfully navigated through the app and managed to complete the following tasks:

  1. Finding forecast for specific location.
  2. Reading the information provided on the screen and relating it to their activities.
  3. Finding forecast  for “today”,  “tomorrow”, and “10 days”.
  4. Reading the hourly forecast for current and future part of the day.
  5. Changing units by picking between Celsius and Fahrenheit, feet and meters.

Users commented on finding the secondary information useful and not distracting.

Potential area to fix something was the option for allergies. While the tested users did not have allergies, they claim that their friends, who are allergic, do not rely on the weather forecast to be informed. They are prepared for allergic reactions, regardless of the weather.

Links to videos of user testing. Not a great angle, because it was a spontaneous testing, but the user’s choices and thinking are clear.

User 1

User 2

User 3