The purpose of data collection for this project was to understand user behavior with regards to todo/reminder management, to understand whether the proposed app would be useful to general users, and to get an idea of what features would be most useful to various users. A survey was sent out to random user groups (friends, family, social networks) who had varying levels of expertise with regards to technology and software. The responses were collected over a span of 1.5 weeks. The survey can be accessed or reviewed here .
Out of those that responded to the survey, 16 participants completed it. The following is a summary of significant observations and insights gathered from the data:
When asked which apps they had used for reminders, most participants voted for either Google Keep or Apple Reminders, which come pre-installed on (most) Android and all iOS devices respectively. Some participants mentioned using Samsung's own reminder application. An insight that could be drawn is that perhaps a lot of participants had preferred to use the application that was pre-installed on their phones. If Google were to pre-install a to-do application on Android phones, it may potentially be used by a large user base, given that Android had around 81% of the smartphone market share in the world in 2016 (Vincent, J., 2017).
Google seems to have no official, standalone to-do list app. As a work around, Google provides a few disconnected ways to achieve reminders for tasks (Evans, M. 2017):
Currently popular todo apps include applications like Todoist, Any.Do, Wunderlist and Microsoft Todo (Newton, C. 2017). I carefully used and studied all these mobile applications (and their web versions) to analyse their features. Common features among them seem to be:
Based on the gathered data and analyzing popular todo apps, wireframes were hand-drawn demonstrating 6 popular features. Once the wireframes and screen flows were finalized, high-fidelity versions were created using Sketch. Clickable prototypes of the final designs were created in InVision, so as to demonstrate the screen flow and working of the app design. The clickable prototype can be found here: https://invis.io/BSEUMP9UR#/268126751_Home
These are the designs for each feature:
• Showing what needs to get done this day or week (prioritizing)
• Reminders at a particular time/place + Integration with calendar
• Collaboration or sharing lists with family or colleagues
• Reminders about acting on emails
• Adding subtasks
After designing the high-fidelity prototype, the next step was to test it for usability issues. The prototype was tested with 5 participants, where they were asked to perform each of the 6 features above (reminders at particular time, sharing a list with a friend, reminders on email, etc.)
The response to the prototype was very positive, and most participants only had minor difficulties in completing the tasks in the usability test. Small alterations/modifications were implemented in the prototype based on my observations and the participants' suggestions.