Physical differences- One focus will be to make sure the app is accessible for everyone even those with differences. For example there will be a good chance that some people have eyesight problems so, like they can’t read small text, so the design would need to include large enough text for most people to read clearly and maybe even icons that are clear and easy to make out. There could also be people who are colour blind so it would be helpful to make sure that the design is not dependent on colour coding so that you could navigate through the app without the use of colour or for people who’s colour blindness isn’t as severe, the design should avoid putting together colours that can easily be mixed up with colour blindness, to avoid confusion. There could also be audio alternatives considered for blind users.
Novice and expert users- The app will have to suit the needs of many different people, it will have to be relatively simple as there will be people that are novices when it comes to apps but it shouldn’t be too simple as that will put off the more experienced users.
Skills & Knowledge- I will be using popular apps as references since they will have the balance right between easy to use and a sophisticated look since they are so popular. I could also follow the design of the college’s web app so that people who have used the web app will instantly know what they are doing.
Time- I will need to consider the amount of time the users will be spending on the app. Most likely the users will be using it for short periods of time on a weekly basis so I will need to make sure that the features are easy to access to suit the way that the users use the app. If it is overly complicated people might refrain from using it. I will also need to think about what feature of the app people use the most. The parts that are frequently used will be located near the starting point for easier access.
Response time- The response time for the app will have to be fast because if it is too slow then the user might begin to get frustrated which is the last thing you want.
Colour & text- I will probably keep the colour in line with the college logos colours. As for the text it will have to be fairly big so that it is readable for everybody and the font that is used will have to be simple but still look good.
Place- The app will probably be used at home, to check where they are on their work or if there is any closures during bad weather and for other thing as well. It may also be used at the college itself or even on the go. So making sure it works on Wi-Fi is important but 2G, 3G or 4G will not matter as much.
Circumstances- Towards the end of deadlines might be a time where the app is used the most as the people who are trying to finish their work will be checking to see how much work they have left to do or even checking if they have passed the block yet.
Social environments- People will probably use the app when they are on their own or with other students from there class. It is unlikely that it will be used when someone is with their friends and/or their family.
Output- There will be a variety of things used in this area such as video, there could be an interesting video that our tutors want us to see or there could be some photographs, maybe photo’s of the staff or the building itself.
Accuracy- The information on the app will constantly have to be kept up to date as most of the info that will be on display will need to reach the user ASAP.
Reliable- It will also have to be really reliable, again this is because the info that the users want are needed sooner rather than later so it will be a nightmare if someone is waiting for important info and the app gets some sort of problem. Users would not trust it and would stop using it.