Sharendipity connects people who want to meet new people with shared interests - in real life. As users go about their daily activities, Sharendipity scans around their physical environment for people who would make fantastic conversation buddies, sports teammates, friends, etc. When Sharendipity finds someone and both parties agree to connect, Sharendipity helps them locate each other.
Led by me, my team conducted interviews with regular people to find out how receptive they would be to connecting to people around them and how they would like the interaction to happen. We learned that people would like:
We created quick sketches to capture, and communicate within the team, a potential solution that walked users through setting up the mobile app, connecting with people, and modifying their preferences.
Connecting after getting a notification
Using Balsamiq, we created low fidelity mockups and a paper prototype to quickly assess the usability and feasibility of our concept for Sharendipity
We built high fidelity mockups using Adobe Illustrator and Sketch. And made interactive prototypes out of the mockups using Invision. Interactive Prototypes: Sign up and Menu Prototype and Notification and Chat Screens
Since Sharendipity can be used by anyone, we sought to find out what users thought of it as well as its usability. To accomplish this, we recruited 4 UX professionals to evaluate it. The evaluators used the interactive prototypes to perform representative actions after which they completed a post task questionnaire and relayed their thoughts. The questionnaire was a seven point, ten aspect semantic differential designed to gauge their emotional and attitudinal responses to Sharendipity.
The orange line represents the average response while the light blue region represents the range of responses. Sharendipity elicits overall positive emotions as attested to by the semantic differential.
"The design is clean and attractive and I like the name Sharendipity. It's clever"
"First I want to say it's a pretty cool idea"
"LOVE the adjust your reach option"
"LOVE the 'Do you want to connect' screen. Shows the profile of the person plus the common interests. Clean and simple. I also think showing mutual friends is a fantastic idea. This can give the user a comfort level in the connection. It also reinforces the consent for both parties."