Enhancing the food truck experience between customer and vendor
As this was an independent project for my directed studies course, I did everything from beginning to end. I conducted the initial research on Vancouver’s food truck culture, designed the app, created the prototype and facilitated all the participant studies.
- Experience Mapping
- User Testing
I conducted research on Vancouver’s food truck culture by interviewing customers and vendors in the downtown area using IDEO methods. I also learned more about the culture through online sources. From this preliminary research, I learned that Vancouver ‘s food truck culture has been growing due to the diversity of multicultural food and the moderate weather temperatures that encourage people to roam the streets of downtown.
IDEATION & RESEARCH
I brainstormed potential design interventions from the observations and interviews conducted in the initial research. In the end, an optimized mobile application seemed to be the most suitable for the food truck context. Therefore, I looked at the existing mobile applications for food trucks – Street Food app and Eat St. app. We found that both these apps did not fully complement the food truck experience.
WIREFRAMES & MOCKUPS
My goal was to design an app that not only met the needs of the customers, but also reflected the spontaneous and fun nature of vendors. Ultimately, my designed app would be optimal in enhancing the food truck experience. I aimed to portray the vendor's qualities through the app's visual design, language and interactions.
I created an interactive prototype using Axure to demonstrate the flow and interactions of the app. Some mockup screens were excluded from this prototype, as it didn’t fit in the immediate experience of purchasing food from a vendor.
FINAL RESEARCH PAPER
For the final deliverable, I wrote an academic paper on this design project and the results I gained from testing my app on food truck customers and vendors. From the user testing, I found that this app did have the potential to enhance the food truck experience given some improvements.