When I start sketching the screen designs I used Balsamic and later on Keynote to prototype. This was before Figma came out.
Designing the screens I started with the color orange, which was referring to ‘going Dutch’ which means, sharing the bill after Dinner and that the team is Dutch. Later in the process I noticed it didn’t work well with the orange color, because it did not stand out enough. I decided to change the main colors of the design. I tried different options by using the website https://coolors.co/ and researching food themed color palettes and made the decision to continue with blue and green colors.
My first screen designs had a lot of different functionalities and being the developer myself I had to keep it simple.
When I started, I was hoping to find an investor to join the project and then looking for a development team who could realize my idea. That didn’t work out. A friend of mine was suggesting to develop the iOS app myself and dive into the world of programming. So I did. Before the Covid-19 you could often find me on Friday’s in A-lab, a co-working space in Amsterdam and working on this project. Here I met Wesley who joined me on realizing the App and his main focus is the Back-end.
Collaborating with Wesley also impacted the design process later on. He is very direct in his communication and more technical, were I feel very comfortable with the visual. Learning to program taught me how to communicate directly and to think logical, – with this knowledge I was able to discuss designs with Wesley and make adjustments.
Designs and functionalities has changed many times and here you see the process.