"Relishes is a better way to discover and share restaurants. Discover the most currently popular and best rated restaurants. And share by snapping a picture of your meal and giving it a thumbs up or down. Relishes is restaurant reviews for the mobile era."
Relishes is restaurant reviews without words. Or more precisely, review by photos. Sort of Yelp meets Instagram where you take a photo of your meal then give it either a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
In my role as Co-founder & Designer I’ve worked on the branding, though to UX and UI design and all the way to prototyping. What I’ll cover here are the design problems we uncovered and their solutions for the “Discover” side of the app, where you can browse restaurants and their reviews.
The first step in the UX design process was to create our Personas then map out the User Journey. What we uncovered was that different Personas would use the app in two vastly different ways. So we ended up with two User Journeys – Discover, and Share.
The first insight we had while researching Discover was that most discovery would be location based – either at your current location or somewhere else. And because Relishes is a showcase of the best food and best restaurants, we decided that the first view would be a scrolling list showing the most highly rated restaurants using photos of their food, sorted by proximity.
The next problem to overcome was filtering that initial scrolling list – or more precisely, the filtering by cuisine problem. Cuisines, are the list of a thousand items, likely to strike terror into any UX designer. But the solution was simple. Since the app was only showcasing restaurants by location, we’d only show the top five cuisines for that location, with a More option hiding the rest away if needed.
For the venue view, we needed a way to distinguish between owner uploaded photos and review photos. Easy and light on the thumbs, we decided to keep them on the same screen but separate them, and scroll the owner photos horizontally and the review photos vertically, both separated by venue information. Review comments are hidden beneath each review photos info bar, accessible by a more icon.
Another interesting question we came across was would the reviewer be drunk? It turns out that 18.3% of restaurant users consume alcohol, so we’d need to factor that into the UI (as much as possible) to ensure that a drunk user could post a review photo. After all, monkey press button, monkey get banana!
Relishes is currently in development, but below is a Pixate prototype of the app’s Discover component.