Google UX Design Certificate Project
Food Delivery App for UX Locale restaurant
Creating time-saving solution for busy people
UX Locale is a family-owned restaurant that serves the suburb area of the Shrewsbury town. UX Local offers a high standard of fresh & flavorful food made with seasonal, limited & local, high quality ingredients all at a reasonable price.
UX Locale restaurant currently has a website where customers can choose meals and make orders by phone.
Create reliable, easy to use for diverse group of people food delivery app that will save customer’s time on the meal planning, and and helps UX Locale restaurant to remain competitive in the neighborhood.
UX/UI designer, UX researcher
Sept 2021- Dec 2021
User research, ideating, wireframing, prototyping, usability testing
Understanding the User:
- User research
- Problem statements
- User journey maps
User research summary
I conducted interviews and created empathy maps to understand the users I am designing for, their expectations and needs. A primary user group identified through research was busy working family with children, who want to feed kids healthy food but have no time for cooking or visiting restaurants. This user group confirmed initial assumptions about the UX Local customers.
I’ve also conducted a research of the existing food delivery apps to get a better understanding of what key features they have and read customers reviews to identify pain points and what features people want. Research also revealed that time was not the only factor limiting users from cooking at home or visiting restaurants. Other problems customers face while planning their meal include obligations, interests, challenges with ordering from the website, difficulties with shopping groceries to cook meals, covid restrictions and limited abilities.
User Pain Points
Working adults want to feed their kids with a healthy meals, but do not have time for cooking or visiting restaurants
Text- heavy menus are difficult to read and hard to understand what the meal is look like.
With the pandemic restrictions dine-in option was no longer available, the ordering was only available by phone
Customers instead of reading long menus prefer pre-defined dinner options.
Sara is a busy working mom with three children, who needs an easy and fast way to order and deliver healthy and fresh meals from the trusted restaurant, because she have no time to cook meals or to go to the restaurant .
Jim is a working adult who works late hours, and looking for a fast way to get fresh meals to his table, because he have no time to browse menus on the website, or to go to the restaurant .
User journey map
Mapping user journey for Sarah revealed how helpful for the UX Local customers would be creating food delivery App.
Starting the design
Iterating on the screens of the app helped me to choose the best elements for digital wireframes that are addressing user pain points. The main goal for the home screen was to incorporate easy and straightforward ordering process to save user’s time.
A very simple home page design focuses user’s attention on the main goal.
Returning users have a great opportunity to quickly repeat their previous orders.
Less choices save time on making decision.
Usability study findings
Round 1 findings
Round 2 findings
Refining the design
After two rounds of usability studies, in order to address user pain points, some additional pages were created, the layout of some screens and the functionality of the buttons were refined to create functional and cohesive design, that is visually appealing, easy to perceive and navigate.
The perception of the information became even easier after it was grouped and separated by the use of space and color.
Clickable checkboxes added real feel of the product.
Before the usability study a Profile button navigated to the profile settings only. It was difficult for registered customers to find their previous orders, for this reason additional profile page with three options to quickly find products was created. Also, text fields of the setting’s screen where grouped and separated using space and color to make the layout easy to perceive.
Designing the UX locale restaurant app has been a challenging and, at the same time, rewarding journey. This project helped me realize how important the research and usability studies phases are in the product development cycle.
While creating products it is extremely important to understand who will use your product, what they value, what problems they want to solve, what their expectations and needs are.
If we want to develop successful product, first we need to focus on creating useful product that solves users problems, in which case only users can tell us where our product should go and what should be improved. Interviews and usability studies were very helpful in terms of better understanding our users, their needs and pain points in order to create an application that would be truly valuable to them.