Anxious to fix this, I started brainstorming what my ideal service, digital scorecard solution, even community, might be. However, as a student of Lean thinking, I knew that even my best brainstorm would only be my opinion – albeit an educated one since I am the target audience. I instead started to consider the best starting point and landed on a simple course listing, which is the current work-in-progress.
Once given the opportunity to use a pet project during an Information Architecture class, I decided to gather information about how other people think about miniature golf, as well as evaluating the competitive environment.
When I found little noteworthy competition for mini golf communities or information sites, my professor suggested looking for inspiration, so I researched similar communities devoted to other activities.
My wireframes and mockups represented the start of a concept, although knowing that I intended to build the site in WordPress, with a professional theme that I purchased (to get it up and running as quickly as possible), I knew that it was more of a guideline of what to look for than a literal outline of layout.
Before my decision to use WordPress, and the discovery of a premium WordPress theme whose location-based services were good enough to make housing the data on my site feasible, I looked at available APIs that might give me comprehensive access to miniature golf locations.
The Yahoo locations one seemed to be one of the few that had a category for “mini golf” rather than just grouping them in with general “golf” courses, so I entered a mobile app contest they had with a simplistic
I didn’t win the trip to South by Southwest, sadly, but I did get an opportunity to try my scorecard out on my phone.
Tools & methods:
- Competitive review
- Content inventory
- Low-fidelity sketches
- Visio wireframes
- Functional prototype