Dubikes helps people finding nearby bikes and parking stations in Dublin, Ireland. Based on your current location, it provides real-time information of available bikes, parking spots, estimated walking and cycling distance from your current location at a glance.
2016 – 2017
Web, Iphone, Ipad, Android
Development: Antonio Pinho
The idea of making an app for Dublin bike came from the frustration of using the official Dublin bikes app. I took the opportunity to improve the Iphone app so that it would benefit city commuters and potentially increase the amount of people cycling. Promote positive impact on the environment.
After mapping out the user journey and gathered all the pain points (feedback on appstore for the official Dublin bike app )
I came up with a design showing pins with numbers of available bikes and parking spots representing bike stations. When the pin is tapped, more bike station info shows at the bottom.
I tested this very 1st prototype to understand more about how people use it. I tested with 3 Dublin bikes users (used the offical app before) and 3 Dublin bike users who don't use the bike app. The result was positive, so we decided to release this version.
After releasing the first version as a free app on the app store, We received a lot of user feedback and feature requests. We found that most users don't need so much information about the station, they just want to know how many available bikes or parking spaces quickly and at a glance. The most requested feature is the ability to save your favourite stations and only show them in order to be able to see them easily. Other paint point was the find a bike and find a spot switch being too far from the thumb reaching area, as a lot of users use it with one hand.
After gathering all the feedback and idea prioritisation (Value vs Effort), I decided to add an easy way to save your favourite stations and hide/show them, to provide a more immersive map so that users can see more stations.
2nd version was release in 2015, in this version I further simplied the design. The aim is to give users the informations they need quickly and clearly. New in the versions:
Some examples of favourite / unfavourite a bike station
When there are many changes and new features added. Onboarding users was a must. I created a simple carousel to run users through the new features, user can only dismiss it in the last slide.
I wanted to have the app icon really simple and recognisable at the same time represent Dublin. After exploring a few options. I ended up using the towers of Dubin castle.
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