Slicing your bill in 3..2...1
Slice is a new interactive app that will help you manage the financial outlay of your restaurant outings . Say bye to the hassle of splitting & collecting.
Before starting on the design I thought I should do some research instead of just relying on my imagination to get me through the project. So I went to hunt around the App Store to see whether there was already people in the market doing something similar. get some responses from the ground on some issues that came with trying to split a bill. In the midst of my research I came across a few apps, but the one that caught my eye was " SPLITWISE'. Interestingly the responses that came back were some what unexpected.
Honestly, while I suspect the application is useful in managing all the multiple bills we are juggling. It did seem rather complicated for a first time user, and not something I would have taken to especially if I was looking for a quick solution to split a tab I just paid for.
Beyond that, the app is actually pretty nifty once you get a hang of all the features.
For this project, I decided to do a quick survey 0n 10 individuals, age: 25 -35. This survey was done to see how did my target group usually split their bills and what was their pet peeves or pain points when it came to bill splitting. The results of this research really surprised me, simply because it was so different from my initial assumptions I had going into this project.
The initial thought process was that most people wouldn't care so much or wouldn't be so particular about what they pay if they went out to eat as group. But the first survey results came back and showed that at least 50% of people who took the survey were splitting their bills based on their orders vs just paying equally.
A bigger issue was actually highlighted during this survey, bill splitting wasn't the pain point of many users, rather, it was the issue of people making back payments to individuals who had generously paid for the group upfront. As the results show below, most people after being that standout individual usually face problems when collecting money back, finding that they had to chase or ask individuals for their money back, which in our asian culture, can be a rather uncomfortable experience for most people.
Just in case, you want to pay for someone else
A bill will most likely be obtained through the scanning of a QR code.
Wire framing for the application.
Originally, the application was called cut, the idea behind the name was how the logo would highlight the apps ability to cut the bill up. Eventually the name was changed to slice, the idea that everyone had a slice of the bill. The name also retains the initial idea of cut.
SLICE: Application Design
The landing page was created to be as simple as possible, 2 functions..
Join us or Log in
The idea here was for the app to be able to work with different currencies as well since we don't know where these events are taking place or who is downloading an online application.
The log in page was kept simple, giving new users the option of using their google account or email to sign up quickly into the application.
The idea here was to ensure that firstly, there is a history of transactions so that the user can look back at the various dates and recall past bill payments that were made through this app. This tracking feature will also encourage the user to use the application.
This part of the app is detailed to show the user by what means was the bill previously settled. This function comes in due to personal experience where due to multiple digital transactions we tend to have problems keeping track on how the money is flowing.
Instead of putting the burden of splitting a bill to the guy who paid. This app aims to split the responsibility to all parties involved. However not everyone needs to have the app.
Because what if people do not want to download the app? Does it mean it can't be used or transactions cannot happen?
This part of the app works like the online google classroom system where the correct code will allow even non-members of the app use part of its functions, if not only to pay for their slice of the bill.
User of the application
Similar to google classroom, this part of the interface allows the main user to see that everyone has joined into the "room".
Mean while everyone will need to enter their hp number an their name as a means of identification.
There is an option to pay for someone else. This is taking into consideration that some people join into dinner events as couples in which usually only one person in the party of two will pay for the bill.
Slicing equally is the easiest function of the app, where it will automatically split the bill based on the number of the people in the group.
Also taking note of the issue that people forget to pay their bills and the whole hassle that comes after that, the app includes immediate paying functions as a means to immediately settle outstanding bills.
In this case, the person who paid for the bill identify what were some of the common items that was shared. The app will then evenly divide the shared portions equally and automatically add it into the individual sums.
User of the application
If paying for just yourself.
If paying for yourself and someone else.