Innovative mobile training app, prototyping and user experience design

To design a graphical user interface to enhance a goal based mobile training app for a Bristol based entrepreneur.

Mobile App, Entrepreneur, Start Up, User Experience

Overview

In Your Stride is an all in one running app conceived by runner, triathlete and sports marketing man, Shaun Lancaster. The app allows runners to develop a flexible and fully adaptable training plan in order to reach their goals. In order to improve the app, user experience refinements were required to aide the user in negotiating the interface. Modular were called upon for our expertise and track record in developing user journeys and improving overall user experience.

Goal

To transform concepts and existing branding into a fully considered, professional mobile application that would compete in an already overcrowded market. To produce a completely designed, interactive prototype to improve and streamline the user journey in order to pass on to the development team.

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Our Approach

We took existing concepts and further developed them in the app, planning and visualising new functionality. We extended the visual language for new GUI components and designed data visualisations, enhancing the overall user experience to ensure that the app was competitive with existing training apps. We deployed our user interface expertise to improve the user journey through the application, paying special attention to the needs of new and potentially novice users. Collaborating closely with Shaun in order to understand his vision of the application and to differentiate it from the competition, we were able to realise the new components including goal selection, race chatter, training plans and data visualisations.

Developing the social component of the app was key to connecting runners working towards similar goals and aspirations. This allowed them to share tips, advice and develop ‘race chatter’. We added help and introductory screens to guide the user through setting up their profile, choosing their goals, utilising the social component, and working with the complex training plan interface. We also developed the visual language of the application, improving data visualisation so that the user could easily view their progress.

Modular provided the following services:

Discovery and Planning

  • Digital Consultancy
  • User Journey and Task Modelling
  • Competitor Analysis

Design

  • User Experience Design
  • Visual User Interface Design

Implementation

  • Interactive Prototype

Find out more about our methodology and how we approach different projects

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Outcome

The prototype accounted for all aspects of the application’s usability and was visually identical to the finished product. The design formed the basis for the final app and has already achieved success after being approved by Apple. It was also well received in reviews.

Visit: www.inyourstride.org

Or for a review of the app visit: www.t3.com/news/inyourstride


If you’re an entrepreneur, digital pioneer or start up business with a great idea, Modular can help you realise it.

We love to design cool digital things, let us design them for you!

Call us: 0117 3701478

Or email: studio@thisismodular.co.uk

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