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Hi! My name is Rachit and this is my personal project named App.Ly.
Let’s start with a story..
So to solve Ange’s problem, what do we need? Let’s see.. User-side service: Something which works on Ange’s side. Easier than excel: Something which is easier than excel. Manages job apps: which manages applications for her efficiently. No ads: Something which is ad and clutter free.
Like Ange the target users for this project are Recent graduates or job seekers who are starting to or are in the process of applying for jobs.
I interviewed 5 to 6 people and these were important things I heard. People have different ways of remembering the history of their applications. Some of them include storing the confirmation emails in a separate folder in their email, and making a separate email for job applications.
So all of this pointed to a user-centric solution of the problem.
They reside in your browser and you can activate or use them whenever you want without switching between screens. Most of us use our laptops or PCs to apply for jobs. So these little plugins could be used to perform small contextual tasks like ours.
Do not interrupt: Most important use here is that they do not interrupt or take over the current task. They’re like an overlay which get activated whenever we want. Light-weight: Since they reside in the browser, they’re very light weight and hardly take any time to load. No space for ads: Advertising is yet to take over these services (since most of them are free for use) Move along with you: They move along with you and are present whenever you sign in to your browser from anywhere Easier to install/uninstall: They’re super easy to get and forget.
Add reminder page of first digital iteration looked like this. I then moved on to testing. Add reminder for Lo-fi II looked like this. Then testing..
GDES 5341 Presentation - App.Ly
Ange, a recent Graphic Design
graduate is applying for jobs.
The list of jobs she has applied to
grows with time. It becomes
difficult to remember the details.
She creates an excel sheet and starts
copying-pasting the information
about the jobs she’s applying to.
Soon copying-pasting every
single bit of information becomes
a hassle and here we have an
angry Ange. Argh!
What we need?
Research: What’s out there?
Have to submit resume
Requires opening a separate
website every time
Tracks only the job which
you’ve applied to using their
Recruiter pestering alert!
Used Ideo’s template
“There are a ton of job applications out there. I can’t
apply to all right when I see them, so I save the link”
“I save every application’s details
as an excel sheet”
“Sometimes I forget where I’ve
applied, and where not”
“I have a separate e-mail so that I
can keep a toll on my job
Small programs or plugins extending browser’s
Why Browser extensions?
Do not interrupt
No space for
Low fidelity - I
Low fidelity - II
High fidelity Testing
Test in high-fidelity
Visual touch to the extension
Add ‘independent reminders’ functionality
Axure RP – an awesome tool to create complex interactions!
Coggle – helped with mind-mapping and organization
Companies / organizations hardly care about the job applicants. Bah!
Cover letters make no one happy