In the pandemic of 2020, I and my teammate got a lot of time to finish up some reading and it's funny how when there is a discussion of books our mind organically starts reminiscing about the good old days of reading through an actual physical book, not forgetting the fact that its difficult to check out and buy books at the shops/library when you have a busy work schedule.
So we took this opportunity of creating a personal project revolving around the concept of having a virtual community of renting books and thus in the process honing our skills too.
App (UX UI Design)
As we are swiftly transitioning into a digital life, electronic gadgets for reading is one of the great inventions, as many of us are avid readers and whats more joyous than encapsulating several books in one entity for that vacation you are planning? Hovewer apart from having such a major perk, many of us reminisce reading from actual physical books. Given a chance we thought if physical books can be made more conviniently accessible, then a lot of readers would love to continue the traditional way of reading. Thats one of the reasons why the concept of a library still exists.
Me and my team mate thus wanted to create a platform where the customers could rent books which would be directly delivered at their doorstep. Although this was a major problem we were trying to address, we got added benefits of
(a) making this into a large community space for different libraries and readers
(b) making this an opportunity for individuals/users to rent out books from their personal shelves thus earning a few bucks
We tried to keep personas simple and to the point.
To optimize and speed up the process, we chose to work in parallel. In this mood board we created a collage consisting images that describes the feelings we wanted to obtain through this app. This mood board created a feeling of warmth and tranquility which suits the mood for reading.
Designing the app has been a challenging and rewarding journey. We are glad we could work on a concept that we believe is relatable to everybody as opposed to choosing a field-specific topic. This also gave us a chance to focus more on research, user testing, and multiple iterations.