Savour


Conceptualize and prototype a mobile application that addresses a problem
Role

prototyper, researcher, visual designer

Cooking is a chore

We’ve all experience the agony of post-cooking problems: a mountain of greasy dishes, ingredients haphazardly scattered over every possible surface, and worst of all, a food coma that just won’t quit. These are a few excuses why many people avoid cooking at home.

Research
Interviews

We interviewed two San José State University Nutrition professors in order to gain an academic perspective on food-related subjects, and we interviewed a professional chef to gain insight into the occupation.

User Survey

We conducted an anonymous survey among 56 participants ranging from age 16 to over 40 years old. Participants ranged in skill level from complete novice to experienced cook.

IF YOU DON’T ENJOY COOKING, WHY DO YOU DISLIKE IT?
  • 36% Takes too much time to prep
  • 30% Cleaning up
  • 13% Too many tasks to do at once
  • 11% Other
  • 5% Afraid of burning the house down
WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES DO YOU USE WHEN YOU WANT TO COOK?
  • 73% Online (food blogs, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.)
  • 59%Family
  • 45% Friends
  • 39%Cookbooks
  • 32% Food Network and other cooking shows
  • 18% Other
  • 5% School (cooking class, home economics)
IF YOU ENJOY COOKING, WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED TO LEARN?
  • 64% To cook tasty meals for myself
  • 61% I enjoy it
  • 34% Impressing people
  • 21% Budget reasons
  • 13% Other
  • 5% Parents encourage me
Personas

We created three personas and discovered that user levels were most calm when they were confident in what they needed to accomplish, and were most restless when faced with uncertainty or doubt.

MARY

Knows how to cook

Naum

Occasionally cooks

Anthony

Hasn’t cooked much before

Research Findings

There are different types of learners: some students like to be hands-on, and some like to observe and watch. From our interviews, we discovered that awareness and organization are important traits to have in the kitchen. 

We kept in mind four key parts in designing an enjoyable cooking experience:

  • Get Inspired
  • Preparation is key
  • Gesture control
  • Start simple
  • Learn by doing
Solution: Reimagine the cooking experience with Savour
Competitive Analysis
Iterations

In our initial stage, the application was designed to utilize voice control. The voice control feature allows the user to use our app without needing to tactilely interact with the device. However, we ended up removing this feature, after receiving feedback that using voice control might not be the ideal solution because of noise pollution in the kitchen. 

The app also initially included a timer feature that aimed to aid the user in determining when to check on things so that they could easily multitask in their food preparation. However, we received feedback that we would not be able to determine exactly how long each step would take because cooking time varies from appliance to appliance. 

Based on user testing, we moved around actionable buttons such as bookmarking a recipe for meal planning.

Savour is a cooking application that
  • features a rich recipe database
  • teaches the user cooking techniques
  • assists in meal planning
  • creates a hands-free experience in the kitchen using gesture control
Experience savour