Templans; the online template builder for training and nutrition plans.
Templans was created as my major project during final year of the BSc (Hons) degree in Interactive Multimedia Design at Ulster University.
The project is a fully responsive web application that is primarily for the use of a personal trainer (PT) to create professional looking training and nutrition plans, easily and efficiently styled in accordance with their brand logo and colour.
The plans created can be saved and altered, for easy replication whenever needed e.g. if the PT has a client who needs an exercise, or a food item changed on the plan, this can be easily done by the PT and re-sent to the client within seconds.
In the current market, most personal trainers use crudely coloured tables in Microsoft Word to create the plans that they provide their clients with. This is where Templans can assist and elevate a personal trainer’s services, revolutionising the fitness industry and how PTs conduct business with their clients.
User generated research
Understanding user requirements
Putting yourself in the shoes of the user is always the best first step. User requirements is the process of outlining the requirements of the user. This can be done in a number of ways, such as user stories.
Below is a Volere Snow Card relating to requirement number 10. As you can see, it provides a very brief description of what the user should be able to do and the rationale or reason behind the requirement. It also provides details if the requirement is dependent on any other requirements, like picking a template or logging in for example. Finally, the fit criterion is checking if the requirement has worked as it should have e.g. the user can edit their template. If this is true, then this user requirement is successful.
The two user groups focused on are personal trainers aged between 21-34 who already have a busy schedule of clients on the gym floor. I have feedback from both groups through initial surveys, posted across relevant channels, giving me further understanding around systems used and their creative ability. From these surveys, a number of users expressed interest in further interviews and testing to gain more insight in the specifics Templans.
Designing based in insights
Sketches, wireframes and mock ups
A sketch of each page was drawn, this helps visualise the general layout of the web application. Each sketch took into account usability standards, e.g. the logo in the top left of the screen and the navigation in the top right.
After completing the sketches for the application, it was time to delve into some detailed wireframes. The reason behind this is to get a more established layout for the Templans web application before committing a lot of time into the high-fidelity mock ups.
Finally, A high-fidelity mock up really helps visualise how the final web application might look. It also helps provide a guide in which to aim towards when in the development stage of the project.
The development of the Templans web application has resulted in an innovative, creative solution for personal trainers who want to save time by creating their own training and nutrition plans. It is a well thought out web application that fulfils the expected project outcome as specified within the concept definition section of this report. With interest in the fitness industry reaching an all-time high, there is huge potential for Templans in this massive market.
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