The Problem

 

Families in suburban settings often miss out on the chance to borrow tools from neighbors because they are unaware of what is available in their own community. Growing up, I noticed that our family only shared tools with next door neighbors, although there was much greater potential within the neighborhood. I wanted to fix that problem by designing an app which would facilitate sharing amongst neighbors.

 

 

The Process

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User Profile:

The Coopers

A young family that recently relocated from Sacramento, California to Portland, Oregon. The Coopers value living with meaningful connections to their neighbors and community and often refer to themselves as “suburban minimalists.”

Hobbies

• Hiking • Camping

• Organic Gardening

Values

• Minimalism • Sharing

• Ethical Products • Sustainability

General

• Combined Income - 173,000. • Ages 29 & 31

• 1 Child (Maddison, age 3) • Caucasian

Brands

• Toyota • The North Face • Trader Joes • Land’s End

 

Revenue Model

TooLoo would be free to download and use, the revenue is generated through collecting users' data (with their consent). Hardware retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s could use the information to better understand the needs of their customers or offer their customers a branded version of the app. There is also the possibility to include small, relevant advertisements imbedded in TooLoo, tailored to what tools the neighborhood might need most, and encouraging those who have less to share to buy what is lacking from the neighborhood's ecosystem

 
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Competitive Analysis

Although there are apps which provide similar services such as My Shed (UK) and Black & Decker Social Tools, TooLoo is unique because it’s free to users from the onset. In most cases, the indirect competitors include an element of payment for rental, or they are trying to tackle a much broader problem (Nextdoor, for example, is an entire social network). TooLoo keeps it simple.

 
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Sketches + Wireframes

I always find it helpful to bounce back and forth between digital and physical drawings, here are some of the wireframe I used to quickly gain clarity about the layout of TooLoo.

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UI Design

The look and feel of TooLoo went through many iterations. I used Google material to create the end product, it made the process faster, increased accessibility and ensured the designs would be inexpensive to develop.

The Product

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TooLoo

A concept for a lightweight app, focused on making it easy to see what tools neighbors have to share, schedule a time to borrow them, and send messages to coordinate it all.

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Make a profile, f

ind your neighborhood,

request to join.

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Get verified, explore, and borrow.

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Add a tool,

or remove one.

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Keep Track.

Prototype

Try out the prototype I made with Invision for yourself

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