Skate Spot is an app concept geared toward skateboarders. The main goal of the app is to help skaters quickly locate skate spots in a new city, or find new spots in a current city. The app is intended to show what parks are within a given area, what places are safe to skate in, leave comments about parks and areas for other skaters, as well as report on road hazards that could injure others.
As a longboarder in New York, I find it extremely difficult to know where a good place is to skate around without having already visited a spot. Additionally, having to maneuver around traffic on narrow roads and avoiding large holes and debris is a very challenging task. Most roads aren’t intended for skaters, and side walks are a no-go; this leaves riding along with cars, or riding along with bikers in the bike lanes.
Currently, there is no real-time application or service to provide information to skateboarders, longboarders, bikers, and roller-bladers, about road hazards or publicly accessible places to ride.
I came up with an app concept that would address both of these problems, as well as provide the users with a forum for sharing about the spaces compiled. I imagined that this app could be used by anyone and everyone, and aimed to make it so. In designing the app UI I considered that most users would likely be using this outdoors, and probably on-the-go, which meant designing the park locator screens to be as readable and easy to use as possible, without limiting the user or crowding out the screen space. Using commonly used UI elements was crucial to creating a quick, easy-to-use application, requiring very little learning and fiddling to be comfortable.
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Date: Jul 6, 2015
Author: Joshua Orr
Categories: UI design