Designing an for 

Just to kick this off the bat, I’m single.

Cool. Now that’s out of the way, let’s get to the main point of this article.

So I’m a Ghanaian by birth but I lived in the US for a couple of years. If I could describe Ghanaians in general, it’s that we can be a “timid” bunch. Often times, this can be a problem which results in finding it hard to date socially.

But in the world of technology, people are finding ways to connect online especially through social media.

So why aren’t there a lot of dating apps or platforms specifically for ? Well, there are apps like Tinder and Bumble where anyone can sign up but it can sometimes be a ghost town and more often than not, there can be some “suspicious” characters on these apps especially in Ghana.

So I set off on a design challenge to try and design a dating app specifically for Ghana.

Please Take My Survey….

The first thing I needed was a bit of data about what dating in Ghana in 2018 was like. I designed a survey and sent it through various social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

From the little data I got, I could see there was an opportunity to design something that people might be interested in.

Most people in the survey said they didn’t really use dating apps. Some had dabbled in Tinder and Bumble but not many had actually found good enough matches. Most cited their mistrust of dating apps as it seems that the people on there are more into hookups, which can be a turn off for people who want more things like casual dating.

(If you’re in Ghana and are interested in taking the survey, you can click the link below:

https://jk24.typeform.com/to/oKgpvW)

Design

From the data gathering from the survey, it looked like the design of the onboarding process would be crucial.

With that in mind, I took into consideration that users would want options as who they would want to be matched up with on the app.

Below is a Lo-Fi design for the onboarding process.

Lo-Fi Design for Onboarding

I also took into consideration a “Verification” process. Most users on Tinder here tend to be “fake” so a realistic experience would make sense. Since this is a still a concept, I considered a Facebook verification or using an ID card verification.*

*(Why a Verification process? So most respondents in the survey stated that they had a mistrust of dating apps and so having users verify themselves could help create a more authentic experience. Bumble also has a somewhat way of “verifying” people but making them take selfies)

Getting Matched Up

After the onboarding experience in which users answer some basic questions and select their preferences, they’re displayed some matches.

Match Screen

If you notice in the top right of the profile pictures, you can see a “verified” sign meaning that the matches you see have either verified through their Facebook profiles or used a specific ID to verify themselves. Users would be able to skip this verification process but the point is to get people to verify themselves.

With this screen, we also get a look at the navigation bar.

Bottom Navigation Bar

The menu items include: Matches, Likes, Favorites, Chats, and Profiles

The Match menu item is self-explanatory. The Likes menu is where all the people you’ve liked and have also liked back appear.

With the Favorites, you can actually “favorite” a match in you want to come back and check out their profile. (I did get feedback that a Favorites section wouldn’t make sense. Tell me what you think)



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