Transporter, a new kind of public transit app for San Francisco (UC Berkeley Master's Thesis)
28 May 2010 - 7:32pm
2 years ago
I just finished my master's thesis at the UC Berkeley's School of Information: A thoughtfully designed public transit app crafted to meet the needs of SF Area riders. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/transporter-real-time-public/id373726282?mt=8
Some of you may remember the redesign of the BART ticket kiosks I did last year. (www.bartkiosk.com) Seems like I can't get away from public transit just yet, but this time I wanted to make something beyond a proof of concept, something people could actually use and benefit from. So far the reaction has been very positive. Transporter won the iSchool's award for best user-centered design project.
There are very few whiz-bang features in Transporter. Instead, each screen and indeed the entire app has been meticulously designed to make is as easy to get real-time transit information as I can. Take a look at this quick demo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTiTIGroIx0&hd=1
There are still plenty of ideas and features I want to implement, but for now I've love some feedback on version 1 from the design community. Finally, if you'd like to learn more about the design process, read the project report: http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/files/student_projects/Transporter_Thesis_1.pdf