Spring Quarter Goals:
This quarter, we’re planning to make changes to the existing code base to change the layout of the website when it’s opened on a mobile phone. We decided to do this last quarter because it provides an adequate level of usability, and it's the easiest to code. You can read more about why these were our top priorities here, in our design proposal from last quarter.
We want to accomplish a working web app that’s sized appropriately for mobile. We also noticed that the website has not been in use since early 2021, and we’d like to restore it to a point where Zorzal employees are excited and incentivized to start using it again.
At the start of the Spring quarter, we got access to the current codebase and firebase account. Kristy found out, upon exploring the codebase, that altering the menus by separating them into different pages might be complex. It would be great from a UI perspective, but might be difficult for us to code as the navigational menu is hard coded. Alice and Kristy have been working out how to navigate how the codebase interacts with the database in Google Firebase. Once they have clarified this step, they aim to restructure the navigation bar to interact with the checkpoints stored in Google Firebase. This way, the checkpoint selector menu will be collapsible and more mobile-friendly. This reflects on discussions from a previous partner meeting with Taylor, a TA in the CS department, who mentioned how the current Search, Record navigation was unnecessary.
Simi and Kai are getting set up for user interviews and interactions. We’ve connected with one of our classmates who speaks Spanish, who will help us translate all our synchronous interviews. We’ll also be adding her to the group chat with Zorzal employees once we get access to it. Simi and Kai have begun working on a new Figma prototype for our new technical direction, which is to readjust and reallocate instead of revamp. As Simi and Kai think of new ideas, Alice and Kristy delve into the code and scope out the feasibility of the proposed design adjustments. We look forward to meeting with Chuck for the first time!
The Zorzal team hard at work!