When I lived in New York, I was going to a lot of Harry Potter trivia pub nights. Unfortunately I hadn't read the books in a long time so it was difficult answering all the questions! So I thought, "how can I re-learn all the details that I've forgotten, without rereading every single book?"
Verbadisco is a mobile vocabulary learning app for Harry Potter fans. Users can learn vocabulary and trivia with digital flashcards and take quizzes. Users can also earn points for their Houses as they progress through levels while competing with their friends.
Empower people to learn new vocabulary.
Users need to learn vocabulary and trivia from the Harry Potter universe in an organized, efficient manner in order to win trivia nights.
First, I looked at the pros/cons of 3 other vocabulary learning apps that are on the market. I examined:
I found that all of these apps are intuitive and easy to use while accomplishing their goal of being a useful tool for users who want to learn vocabulary.
Some problems I found were that Quizlet has no clear onboarding process and Word of the Day has no testing so I wasn't sure how users retained the information.
I conducted user interviews to better understand how people approach learning about new subjects and new vocabulary. Using insights from these research methods, I was able to pinpoint common trends and themes.
Focusing on user behaviors, needs and challenges and user research commonalities, I created a user persona.
I tested participants with a low-fidelity prototype. The main goals were to evaluate how well users could register, review a category of words, do a test, and view their profile.
The biggest problems I found were that users were confused about how to move on to the next word in the lesson deck and they had trouble recognizing the icons in the navigation.
In the mid and high fidelity prototypes, I fixed these by adding buttons underneath each word and used clearer iconography in the navigation.