My MA thesis in interaction design is about how an interactive trip planner (like Google Maps) can show the experience of a bike trip, as well as the logistics. What will be enjoyable (or not) about the trip? Will it be fun?
- How do people use an experiential trip planner?
- What aspects of experience are important, and when are they important?
- How can a trip planner communicate experience?
Design A has:
- Illustrations of districts the routes go through
- Cyclist-submitted comments about how the routes make them feel
- Hills embedded into the route line
Design B has:
- Curated photos of the routes
- Charts showing where there are hills & heavy traffic
- Colour coded neighbourhood types
Prototypes work best in Google Chrome, on a 13-inch or bigger screen. Map credits.
Thirteen cyclists used the prototypes to plan trips. By observing the cyclists, and talking to them, I learned:
- What cyclists want an experiential trip planner to do for them, and what kinds of information it should convey
- How cyclists interpreted the experiential information
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