What is FINISHED IT?
FINISHED IT is an iOS application which allows the user to track their favourite movies, shows and games. By using the application users will be notified of the latest episodes of their favourite shows and recommend suggestions for movies & games that fit their style.
This application will give the user information on their favourite media right at their fingertips; information such as cast and release dates, while also being presented with graphical material for the content.
Track what you're watching
Always know what films or episode you have recently watched. Let your friends know what recent content you have seen and what content you like.
Catch up on missed content
If you operate around a busy schedule, it can be difficult to stay on top on the list of must seen/binge/play content. With FINISHED IT you will be notified exactly when a new movies are out that suit your watch patterns, what episodes you have missed and what games you need to play to complete your library.
As somebody who consumes media like it is going out of fashion, I could never really understand why people complained about missing the latest episodes or their favourite shows however that's because I often watched content when it released in the US - often weeks before the same content makes it way over to the UK.
There’s a lot of content to watch and if you’re also using multiple streaming services such as Netflix to watch your favourite content then you can lose track of what you have and haven't watched. With more and more people cutting the cord and watching content through other sources, it has become increasingly difficult to find out what is available, when it’s available, and what you've already seen.
As somebody who connects with media daily, I wanted a way to be able to track my media consumption. While there are applications and websites which already do this, “I wanted to make something better, not something original”, that was Paul Rand paraphrasing Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. My approach to the application is that it is designed by someone who uses media trackers for users who also want to track their media.
For prioritisation task through this project, I opted for the MoSCoW method. MoSCoW is often used when a deadline is fixed so that the focus of task can be on the most important elements.
Using the MoSCoW method, I was able to determine what was key for my app while also sorting the features into a list to select which features are Must have, should have, Could Have and Won’t have; the minimum marketable features would be all those marked as Must have.
While all requirements are important, this prioritisation technique gives me the benefit to start with the greatest and most immediate application features early.
Development of the application will start with initially trying to deliver all the Must have items. If there is sufficient timing after selecting the most valuable features, I could then plan to include Should have and even Could have items too but the Should and Could requirements will be the first to be removed if the timescale becomes an issue.
➔ Detailed Item pages
Being able to view more information on selected items. Information such as synopsis, cast, director, runtime, genre etc
Being able to mark off your watched items is the focal point of the application. Being able to keep track of what films you’ve seen, what episode you last watched etc.
➔ Easy to use
Having an easy to use interface will hopefully set my application apart from the rest. Being able to be used by any use at a glance.
The FINISHED IT application is for people who are passionate for media. For people who are anal enough to want a portable solution no matter how you watch - satellite or streaming. This application is for media consumption power users. Users who spend a lot of time organising and viewing a range of media. Someone who has an interest in how they not only consume media but how they interact with it daily.
Software such as Kodi (Media Player) pull in 75,000 unique users a day requesting movie data from TheMovieDB and 600,000 hits from users on TheTVDB each day (Kodi.tv, 2015). This gives me the knowledge that the audience is out there and while it may be a niche target, it tells me that the audience does exist and is currently active.
The reason somebody would use this application is because he or she has already built up a wide collection of media or they’re using different services to watch their media. For example, a user who watches the Netflix Exclusive programming will use that platform but also switch over to their cable box to watch the latest episode of a show on Sky One. This can result in confusion of placement within a show or a movie series.
The first digital design was centred around the idea of splitting Movies, Shows and Games into three separate categories and then allowing the user to pick the category they wish to enter. Giving three different colours to distinguish between the types of media was used to allow the user to easily see which media they would have entered. While this was planned to be taken advantage of later, it was scrapped in future iterations.
How you view your media was something that I had a lot of difficulty with. I wanted posters and artwork to be visible on the screen while also displaying the name and year of the respective media.
The first attempt was to list the media into rows, allowing for the user to scroll through the media, at this stage, I started to play around with the design colour guide, combing a darker colour palette with my design. I prefer the darker design, which became the default colour style for the application from this point onwards.
Another attempt at showcasing the media in your library was through a full screen poster type of view. This was the best-looking design as it allowed the user to interact with the posters because they would have to use their finger to scroll through their library.
This was not the most productive of designs though, as the users library would grow, it would get to the point where you could be searching for minutes to find the desired item.
This style also was an issue for the games section of the application, with game art all sporting different sizes from the Nintendo 64 landscape art to the Sony Playstation 2 portrait box, moving the game design towards a banner row style which use the box art but in a manner which sized them out to cover the entire row.
This seem to be the most practical way of incorporating the game assets and dealing with the game section in the application. The designer, while simple, went through a revision soon after as I removed the need to see the checkmark from the row. While I signalled that the game was ‘finished’, it felt out of place from the design.
The FINISHED Concept
Something that only came about after going back to square one was the inclusion of ‘Your’ home screen. This is the location where the user will find media that is always changing, always working with their other media and library.
The first design was centred around new releases and recent episodes. The new releases would allow users to gain a better idea or what films are releasing in cinemas while the recent episode’s panel would allow the user to pick up from the latest episodes of their favourite shows - the shows that they’ve added to their library.
This design was stopped before completion to work on a new version which changed new releases to a movie watch list - making it that more personable. The user can add films to the watch list instead of the library, giving the user ideas for something to watch at any time.
The section titled ‘You’ve Finished’ is centred around the idea of knowing just how much media you have consumed. By adding media to your library, it will add up the total run time and output the information for the user. While also telling how much you’ve added to your finished library.
Through the different iterations, the one thing that change throughout was how best to display the media in your library. It started off with two posters per line which then became two and a half to prompt the user to scroll for me. I then removed the padding between each poster and had it run as a wall with games operating as banners.
The one thing throughout this entire designing phase I did not consider was how the end user would want to view all three types of media at one time. I then put into action to feature all three mediums on one screen - adding more depth to your library page.
The individual item pages:
The individual item pages started off the way I had original imagined in my sketches but through the designing process, I wanted to stick with my plan to make information visible at a quick glance, and I feel like I did that with the three-column system.
Taking advantage of what The Movie Database (TMDb) can offer me, being able to take the information from the API and outputting it in clear bold font, should accomplish what I set out to do. While also offering genre, title, film plot, top billing cast and recommended films.
Finding new media is important for obvious reasons, being able to add to your media library to keep track of everything but with so much content to display, the challenge was coming up with a way to put three categories of media on one single page.
As you can see from the designs below, the user will hit the search button located in the toolbar and will then be presented with an iOS keyboard to input the desired search term. For this example, the user was searching for “Marvel”.
As the result screen appears, the row system is back in play as movies occupies the top row, the shows sections in the middle with games at the bottom. The user can then select the item they want which will then take them to the individual item page.