The first version begins with a splash screen to be viewed during loading. I am still debating whether or not to include a progress indicator for this activity. Because the app is loading photos, the build could take a while, and the user should be notified the app is still functioning. On the other hand, I do not want the progress bar to take away from the comic book feel of the app. There are several progress indicators with a tech-y feel that might transition nicely, so...that decision will remain pending.
Once the program has loaded, the user will be directly presented the first page of the book. "Page turn" indicators in the bottom corners will indicate tap areas to navigate forward and backward through the book. There will also be a "home" button in the top, which will allow the user to access the main navigation mentioned earlier.
The main navigation will be presented in a grid view, just like a standard photo album. This will allow the user to skip forward or backward to view a different part of the book. Once clicked, the user will be taken back into page view as seen above.
The second version also starts with a standard splash screen while the program loads. That is then followed by a similar page view, but the "page turn" indicators have been left out in favor of a swipe navigation between pages, with a page turn animation instead. Also, the "home" button has been switched to a "close" button in the top right corner. Finally, the main navigation is presented in a carousel format.
These two paper prototypes will be used this week for testing as follows:
-Are "page turn" indicators necessary?
-Is a progress indicator necessary?
-Which navigation style is preferred?
I intend to obtain feedback from 25+ potential users. I will begin by testing the others on the comic book committee (3 individuals) as well several of my easily contacted friends (8 individuals). I will augment those numbers with other individuals from my classes and environment as well. I intend to have all data obtained by Wednesday.
I will first give the test subject a short introduction to the process the test, then flip a coin to determine which version will be presented first. I will then present the first splash screen to the individual and start a timer. I anticipate the user will tap the splash screen once. After that, I will stop the timer upon their next action, as this action will most likely be out of frustration rather than expectation. I will simultaneously present them with the next page, which is the first screen of the book. I anticipate those with the "page turn" indicators presented first will immediately try to use those, but when presented with the other interface will have a little more difficulty transitioning to swipe movements. I will have two or three additional "book pages" prepared for the user to navigate through, and will run through the experiment until the user decides to quit.
Upon completion, I will ask the user the following three questions:
-Which style of navigation did you prefer (carousel/grid)?
-Which method of turning pages did you prefer (swipe/tap)?
-Did the "page turn" indicators augment your user experience?
The timing of the initial sequence will later be compared to actual load times to determine whether or not a progress indicator is necessary. The user comments will also be taken into consideration and tested at a 90% confidence interval. I also will need to put both prototypes on the same color of paper so that does not influence their decision.
Stay tuned to find out what comes of the experimentation!