For my google design exercise, I chose to go with the Garage Sale Helper prompt. Below you will find a quick walk-through of my process. If you would like to skip to the low-fidelity and high-fidelity overviews, they are at the end of this page. This exercise took me around 5 hours. Let me know if you have any questions!
Before diving in, I took some time to plan the design process based on the needs of the project.
The first step was to understand and define the problems, opportunities and goals of the project.
To get a better sense of the marketplace for this product, I looked at different websites and apps that aim at helping buyers and sellers at garage sales. Here are some of my notes from the research
I interviewed a few people about their experiences with buying and selling at garage sales. Below you will find the positives in blue and negatives in red. In grey, you can see some of the ideas this sparked for the new product. This process also helped shine light on why a garage sale helper is needed.
I conducted a task analysis to research and analyze every step that goes into the process of garage sales. This process helped me figure out the triggers, decision points, critical points and helped outline both the steps that the new system can do, and the ones that require user input.
Using all of the above information, I quickly outlined the key personas and use cases for this project.
After gathering all the basic features required to make this a successful app, I broke them down into a workflow to map out information hierarchy and create user journeys that would create a simple and user-friendly experience.
Using the workflow, I created some quick wireframes for some of the key screens of the app.
For the high-fidelity overview, I chose to show the interaction that happens when a seller adds a new product. This process is made quick and easy with the help of image recognition technology and helps the sellers intelligently inventory their goods using Google. I chose a vibrant color palate to emphasize the optimistic and social characteristics of a garage sale.
To summarize, a garage sale helper app like this could not only make the process faster and less painful for the users, but it could give and take a lot of knowledge from Google. Google search can be used to get more information on mass produced products and one-of-a-kind pieces. Google Shopping can be used to get more information about pricing trends, Google calendar and weather can be used for scheduling, Google maps for directions,Google wallet for payment, Google glass to quickly take photos of products, Google mail can be used to retrieve receipts and selling suggestions, and so on.