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Cooking Fever

Since I started college in the United States, I found that the majority of students found restaurant and fast food chains expensive and unhealthy and although cooking was the cheaper alternative, many didn’t have time to spare.

The Cooking Fever App can eliminate such problems by offering an affordable food delivery service and personalized recipe recommendations for young people on the go! “Less time, less cooking skill, more delicious!"

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How it works

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User Interface

 
  Personalize Recipes   Filter recommended recipes based on your dietary preferences

Personalize Recipes

Filter recommended recipes based on your dietary preferences

 
  Manage Deliveries   View upcoming recipes and manage your deliveries

Manage Deliveries

View upcoming recipes and manage your deliveries

 
   Step-by-Step Guide   Discover techniques and tips to speed up meal prep

 Step-by-Step Guide

Discover techniques and tips to speed up meal prep

 
 
 
 

Tools:

Sketch, Principle, Flinto, Keynote for microinteraction

 
 
 
 
 
 

Finding the Problem 

Time, money, health 

I interviewed three students. Two were international students and one was local. No matter what major they were in and what term they were, they all shared the same qualities of being time-sensitive. They always ate instant food in order to save time and money.

 
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Defining users' goals 

"I know eating outside is unhealthy but my time is too limited to cook by myself."

 
 
 
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Scenario 

Checking basket, selecting recipe, cooking 

  1. Kit ends class at 1PM hungry.
  2. He struggles whether he wants to eat outside or cook at home.
  3. He looks at the recommended recipes. He finds out that the dish he likes only needs 10 minutes to make.
  4. He checks the basket in the App. There are enough ingredients.
  5. He decides to cook.
  6. He spends only 15 minutes cooking.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Prototyping 

3 rounds of user testings and refinements

I opted to sketch my designs on paper instead of digital wire framing. I used paper prototyping techniques to bring the designs to life and evaluate them with our users. I mainly tested three main features: choosing food preference, selecting recipes, and ordering ingredients.

 
 

Sketchy Wireframes

 
 

  User Feedback

  • Too many steps to go through before ordering a food delivery.
  • The entry of “Favorites” should be apparent.
  • Some information is pointless for me, like how many ingredients are in this recipe. I only care about how much time it will cost.
  • The Profile Page is not clear enough. There are a lot of information which are meaningless to me. I don’t want them to appear in my profile.
 
 

Mid-fi Wireframes

 
 

User Feedback

  • How will my preferred choices influence the recipe filter?
  • What’s the relationship between preference settings, recipe recommendations, and shopping list? Why do I need to pay for the ingredients in shopping list?
  • When I sign up, there are no recipes in the landing page. I don’t know what to do next?
 
 
 

Refined Mid-fi Wireframes

I changed the layout of homepage so users can easily find what they want, eliminated the features below “favorites,” and disabled cooked recipes so users can clearly see what recipes they cooked and what remained.

 
 
 
 
 

Final Design