Map-based app for bar and restaurant promotions. Co-Founded by Anthony Kincade, Chris Corsi, and Graham Caro in 2015.
As a broke college student, finding food and drink deals around campus is a part of life. There is no existing solution for discovering real-time, location-based bar and restaurant promotions and rewards.
Yellowbrick acts as a virtual billboard platform by displaying promotional deals that are within proximity to you on a real-time and time-dependent basis, allowing users to save time and money at their favorite places. By promoting bar and restaurant deals, Yellowbrick will broaden its users horizons at an affordable cost to both users and businesses.
Pitt Mobile App Challenge
The Pitt Mobile App Challenge gives Pitt undergraduate students at all campuses the chance to develop their app ideas and compete for up to $4,000 in Amazon.com gift cards.
$50 Amazon Gift Card
• Winner of 145 teams
$250 Amazon Gift Card
• Winner of 145 teams
Randall Family Big Idea Competition
The Randall Family Big Idea Competition is an experience-based learning opportunity for Pitt students with big ideas to take startup creation to the next level and compete for a grand prize of $25,000.
People's Choice Award
• Winner of 75 teams from undergrad and grad schools
The main focus of the app was time. The following questions sparked during the ideation phase: How can time be displayed in a simple but quick way? What time dependent process already resonates with millions, maybe even billions of people everyday? Traffic lights quickly came to mind: green is go, yellow is caution, red is stop. These three simple procedures were established as the colors that surround business icons, indicating how much time users had left to benefit from a promotion.
Business icons were used to indicate the type of deal was being presented. It was intentional to not have business logos present on this discovery page in order to prevent behavioral biased when selecting a deal and to encourage user behavior for clicking a deal for more details.
All deal apps to date have used list based views. This approach is antiquated and requires more input from end users to decipher where, when, and how much time remains to get a deal. The solution to this was to visually display deals on a map view to stimulate discovery and empower users to quickly make judgement at a moments notice in a familiar way.
To maximize adoption of the application, Yellowbrick was available to download on both App Store and Google Play, developed via Facebook's React Native framework. The intention was to simply highlight key features and important areas of focus for user activity. The following screen preview screens were for display when downloading Yellowbrick on App Store and Google Play.
Each preview was segmented into four categories:
The competitions at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 greatly helped garner user interest. We leveraged our large network of friends and university groups via word of mouth and dispersed marketing flyers outlined in the section below. Prior to doing all this, we went door-to-door to 30 local businesses in Oakland Pittsburgh, PA and collected existing deals to input into Yellowbrick, ensuring there was enough data populated for end users using the application. The application was officially launched in February 2017.
Marketing material dispersed for business onboarding and user adoption, respectively.
There were several big challenges when working on Yellowbrick. Initially, it was designing the best medium for promotion discovery: map view. Second, identifying a way to demonstrate the concept of time in a novel yet familiar way: green, yellow, red bordered icons. Once these two challenges were solved, the remaining design came together rather quickly. It turns out, however, that the design challenges were not the biggest challenges for starting an application.
The two largest challenges for bringing an app to fruition and executing adoption boiled down to the following:
A second iteration would focus on user adoption of one user type and would solely focus on advertising events. Visit Yellowbrick for the 2020 redesign.