For my Interaction Design Class I found an interesting problem to work on from a San-Fransisco based start-up called ConnectNET. It was building an app for business networking to encourage people to enhance their network. I looked into the problem and worked on setting the scope of such application through specifying the Design Problem. I provided the interaction design for the app along with a working Axure mock-up.
I developed a cloud based mobile app concept that gathers all the contacts of its user from social networking sites (such as LinkedIn, Facebook), electronic devices (such as laptop and mobile) and physical diaries. It gathers and organizes user’s first-degree connections, allows user to analyze his network and encourages networking through offering tips / suggestions / recommendations.
I started with brainstorming possible solutions. We also had group brainstorming sessions. In these sessions all raised some issues that we thought are most improtant to address in building such app:
1. How does it foster interactions?
2. How does it insure privacy of the user’s contacts?
3. What is the motivation for using such an app?
Standard workflow for gathering the contacts
from social networks
1. Contacts, 2. Individual contact, her circles along with
her presence on different social networking websites,
3. Circles screen
Workflow to see and edit Contact value manually
Contact map visualization on the mobile screen
All these exercises led me to reach a feasible solution which could meet the expectations of the users upto some extent while keeping the goal in focus.
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Some of the final screens of ConnectNET