Gijs Bakker

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Pinvite

What is it An app to take along on a night out in the city
Client MoZone
Platform iPhone and Android
My role Involved in interaction design

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Pinvite for iPhone
Pinvite for Android

Pinvite is a location-based social app that you take along on a night out in the city. You can meet your friends or meet new people by inviting them to some bar or club in the city. By inviting someone to (and checking-into) the bar or club, certain deals and discounts for drinks and such can be earned.

That is Pinvite in a nutshell.
Pinvite (MoZone) is a startup and as with all startups, being involved in one is both exciting but also challenging; Ideas, requirements and features come and go, especially in the early phases.

The interaction design was a challenge on its own. Although Pinvite is still evolving and taking shape, I’m happy to have contributed to this project. I’ll show and tell a bit more about the app.

People, places and events
Pinvite revolves around three factors:
– People, the users of the Pinvite.
– Places in the city. Think about about bars and clubs.
– Events in a bar or club, like special or recurring theme nights, karaoke parties, a live band playing, etcetera.
A combined map and list shows people, places and events around you. The user can switch between people, places and events with the picker in the center of the navigation bar. And with the segmented control the user can switch views between all, (friends) and favorites items.

Overview of people, places and events. (Android)

Overview of people, places and events (Android).

Every item has certain meta-data to show on the map/list:
For people, there is data like checked-in status, activity status and his/her distance from you.
For places, this is distance from you and (upcoming) events.
For events, this is the time of the event and the place where the event will be.

Detail pages
Every person, place or event has a profile or detail page with more info.
For people, there is data like friends, last seen online, his/her distance from you.
For places, there is data like who’s check-in at the place, are there events and discounts/offers. Also photos of the place are shown.
For events, this is time of event and place at where the event will be.

Example of a detail page of some place (iPhone).

Example of a detail page of some place (iPhone).

Check-in
Users can check-in to the place they are at. By doing so, the user can earn discounts, for example for drinks at the specific bar of club. Checking-in can be done in the detail page of the place or by pressing I’m at in the map/list overview screen. The user is then presented with a list of available places around him.

Check-in screen on the good old iPhone 4.

Check-in screen on the good old iPhone 4.

One of the challenges was making an invite interface that would facilitate multiple cases and points of departure.

Invite
One of the challenges was making an invite interface that would facilitate multiple cases and points of departure.
Basically, users can invite someone else to come to a place or event. This invitation screen can be initiated via the map/list but also via the place detail pages.

Invite interface (Android).

Invite interface (Android).

Coupons
By checking-in, the user can earn discounts and offers. These are basically digital coupons that must be redeemed to receive the offer.

Example of a digital coupon (iPhone)

Example of a digital coupon (iPhone)

Pilot
The initiators of Pinvite are busy piloting and promoting the app in the going-out areas in their hometown Enschede, in the east of Holland. The app is being well received, but it still has a long way to go. Social startups and services are a competitive market, so success rarely happens overnight.

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