Problem

As a freelance designer and solo entrepreneur, I have pursued countless ideas in the past.
Throughout these endeavors, I've come across the same problem many others face:
finding others who share my ideas and have the skills I need to them happen.

When I have worked with others, they either didn't believe in the idea or we both had the same background. In order to address this problem, I decided to use the design sprint process to create a viable solution for myself, and others.

 

 

Sprint Process

For a detailed explanation of the design sprint process, check out Google Venture's site.

1. MONDAY: START AT THE END
Before diving into the sketching process, it was important to establish what long-term success would look like. In this case, I was solving my own problem, which meant it was easy to set a long-term goal and identify specific questions to answer during the sprint:

Long-term goal: To validate the first version of the Collide mobile app.

Sprint questions:
• Do freelancers and entrepreneurs want to connect over shared ideas and complementary skills?
• Is a mobile application the most effective format to solve this problem?
• What is a viable way to monetize this type of product?

 
 

2. TUESDAY: SKETCH SOLUTIONS
Now that a clear path was set, it was time to survey the competitive landscape to see what type of solutions already exist.

 
 
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Lightning Demos

Using the Light Demo exercise, it was important to research solutions in the same industry as well as similar solutions in other industries.

 
 

With the Lightning Demo diagrams and the user map for reference, it was now time to start sketching possible solutions. These solutions ranged from digital products to physical experiences, all based around connecting people using shared ideas and complementary skills.

 

Solution Sketch #1

A mobile app that connects you with people who share your ideas and have the skills you need using your location.

Solution Sketch #2

A physical sketch book that allows you to browse through the ideas of others and reach out to them using their contact information.

Solution Sketch #3

A website that allows you to create a promotional t-shirt for your idea to wear in public in order to share with others.

 

3. WEDNESDAY: CHOOSE MOST VIABLE SOLUTION
After presenting the above solution sketches to people in the target audience, multiple round of heat mapping took place. Each user identified parts of the each idea they found interesting. Ultimately, Solution Sketch #1 was chosen as the most viable solution to prototype. The final step in this phase was to layout a storyboard to inform the prototype.

 
 
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Storyboard

Each screen in the prototype was sketched in sequential order, including what it would look like to download Collide in the app marketplace.

 
 

4. THURSDAY: CREATE A PROTOTYPE
Now that a solution was chosen, it was time to quickly build a prototype using a storyboard for reference. This was built using Illustrator and Photoshop for UI design and Sketch to create an interactive prototype for testing.

 

Create Profile

Add you skills, interests, and core values to profile in order to more accurately connect with others who share your ideas.

Browse Ideas

Create and publish your own ideas. Browse, like, and leave feedback on other ideas from others around you.

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Collide With Others

When you share and idea with someone else who has the skills you need, Collide and chat to make things happen!

 

5. FRIDAY: TEST WITH REAL USERS
On the final day of the sprint, the prototype was tested with five potential users. Each interview was recorded and later played back to identify trends, which helped to decide if there was a need for Collide to exist in the real world.

Ultimately, the need for Collide as a mobile app was validated with all five users. The following sections will share Collide in it's current state.

 

 

Branding

As a freelance designer and solo entrepreneur, I have pursued countless ideas in the past. Throughout these endeavors, I have come across the same problem many others face: finding others who share my ideas and have the skills I need to them happen.

 
 
 

 

User Experience

As a freelance designer and solo entrepreneur, I have pursued countless ideas in the past. Throughout these endeavors, I have come across the same problem many others face: finding others who share my ideas and have the skills I need to them happen.

 

 

Visual Design

As a freelance designer and solo entrepreneur, I have pursued countless ideas in the past. Throughout these endeavors, I have come across the same problem many others face: finding others who share my ideas and have the skills I need to them happen.

 

 

Result

As a freelance designer and solo entrepreneur, I have pursued countless ideas in the past. Throughout these endeavors, I have come across the same problem many others face: finding others who share my ideas and have the skills I need to them happen.