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An artical talked about Why the Map-Based Search Is Dead.
"If the user doesn’t know the area, results on a map mean nothing."
It doesn’t say anything about streetscapes, neighborhood quality, architecture style or anything else they need to know.
Of course details are available when users click through from the main map interface to some sort of listing detail page, but that is backwards from what users really need. They need that info BEFORE they view the listing on a map.
I totally agree with this.
The information we provide to the users must be something that is relevant to users’ interests.
Map is a tool to assist users to know a place more. “If the user doesn’t know the area, results on a map mean nothing.” Right, and that’s why our mission is to help users to know more about the areas.
I have decided to design an app for big screen such as laptops and tablets. It aims to integrate relevant information and then present it to users in a slick way.
Meanwhile, I found a similar design. As the video shows, it’s a US based real estate iPAD app- Zillow. It explains the concept of saving people from messy navigations in a lot of web pages.
Prototyping and testing
A paper prototype has built to try out with users to see how do they like the service concept.
This prototype contains three parts,
- The service container
- Hard info interaction
- Soft info interaction
- People are amazed by soft info
- Personalized layout is good if it’s not going to take too much time working on settings
- Hard info is about the house itself. Soft info is about the life.