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PartyBus

This was my first real app, from concept to death. It began my career as a designer and was the first time I tangibly solved a problem through product design.

PartyBus was a crowdsourced Joey-tracking app for Tufts students. "The Joey" is the campus shuttle, and until recently, didn't have a GPS tracker onboard, so students weren't able to know where it would be at any given time, especially as it rarely followed its schedule. I created this app with a friend to help students know where the Joey was by crowdsourcing its location to current riders or altruistic passers-by. They could tag the Joey at any stop, or if there were riding it, could tag it using their phone's GPS.

PartyBus 2.0

This app improved upon an existing Tufts mobile website, which showed timetables that a user would have to select (e.g. Thursday night schedule) rather than a simple "minutes until" view of the Joey's ETA. While PartyBus required users to help contribute, it minimized opportunities for abuse by crosschecking a user's location before submitting a "tag" (e.g. it wouldn't let you tag the Joey at a stop if you were across the country).

PartyBus for iPad

PartyBus for iPad

Yeah...nobody was actually gonna download an app for Tufts students to track the shuttle, but that didn't mean it wasn't valuable for me to learn more about responsive design and designing for larger screen sizes.

PartyBus 3.0

PartyBus 3.0

This version of PartyBus was created when Tufts finally added GPS trackers to its busses, allowing the app to no longer be crowdsourced. This design removed the dual-screen approach (ETAs on one screen, map on the other) with a single-screen approach that had ETAs on one side (including a handy "Arriving" and "Boarding" label) and a "track" on the other. The Joey indicator would move from the top to the bottom and then loop again, showing you where the Joey was without requiring a user to read a map. If the indicator showed the Joey halfway between two stops, it was halfway between those stops, simple as that!