P2 / questionair

1. Who is your primary audience? Do you have a secondary one?

  • Primary audience is people who want to follow recipes or are interested in sharing their recipes with others though a recipe data base. Secondary audience are people who might be interested in cooking but are archiving ideas not necessarily following a recipe. So meal planning people. 

 2. What are the top three objectives for your app?

  • create a user friendly app environment that make a customizable experience for the user
  • create a very clear, UI system that makes sense for the content of the app
  • to be able to contain a lot of information with out overwhelming the user

 3. What are all of the features that related apps have? Are there any that you have thought of on your own? List as many as you can.

  • I think it would be helpful to also have a grocery list for adding ingredients that you need to buy for a recipe.
  • None of the apps I found had some kind of origin of food mapping, I would like to include that, one could pick their cuisine preference and go from there
  • Video library maybe for some of the recipes 
  • organizing a step-by-step instructions for the recipes 
  • recipe library 
  • nutritional value of a recipe
  • scan bar code for adding “unknown” ingredients

 4. What is the bare minimum in functionality that your web app should be able to do?

  • Users should be able to search for a specific recipe and find the one they want, click it, and read the instructions/ingredients

5. What features are unnecessary or don’t lead directly to the objectives you listed above?

  • I think it’s important to have professional photographs of the food, people want to see the final product and if it looks mouthwatering or looks good could be key reasons why they are looking up a recipe in the first place

 6. What is your “Call to Action” (The first thing a user should do)?

  • select a recipe or search for one




P2 / Recipe App

I want to remake an interface for a recipe library for project 2. After looking at the best recipe iphone apps I was surprised at all of the options. However, there wasn’t one app that seemed to have a really excellent user interface. The one that was closest to being ok was this one.

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However, it lacks some details I would like to include in my app design. As far as user interface this one wins for less cluster and more usability.  I would like to include a way to categorize food by adding some additional information such as culture/origin of the recipe. I would also include a way to scan bar codes for creating one’s own recipes or substituting ingredients in a recipe.

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All of these have a pretty solid library, it’s just the way the user navigates through them that makes them more or less desirable. This app shows a narration of a chef helping the user step-by-step including video tutorials. Not sure if I want the actual chef narration but the video could be helpful for people, and should be included.

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Having a really good library that holds all of the recipes clearly will be crucial in the re-make of this app design. Also considering including HD photography or going with icons, or both. Something that shows the user what they are looking for in their library with out the over clutter and extremely small food images.

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Including a grocery list component for collecting ingredients would be wise. Letting the user quickly add items to a master list that can be used outside of the recipe section of the app. The idea would be to have the user add to there list in the app by selecting specific ingredients in the recipe.

This recipe app should include, recipe library, editable recipes, create your own recipe, sharing components, ratings, comments, following others, grocery list, bar code food scanning, nutritional value of recipe, serving sizes, video component, difficulty level, cultural/origin of food.