Happy April from the Dresser team! We’ve added 20 new Facebook friends to our ranks in the last week. @Dresserstyleapp has reached 70 likes on its Facebook page, 20 followers on Twitter (Sad!), and 39 followers on Instagram. Many thanks to our followers. You’ll be the first to know when Dresser hits the App Store this month. Despite our low follower numbers on Twitter and Instagram, we’re still receiving a healthy amount of audience engagement. We’re averaging 30-50 likes on Instagram and have received plenty of “likes” on Twitter while promoting celebrity fashion news. The entire team could probably do a better job at promoting Dresser on their personal accounts in the coming weeks. Maybe one day our follower to following ratio won’t be so embarrassing.
— Dresser (@dresserstyleapp) March 31, 2017
Social media will be key in promoting user testing these next weeks. The five of us handed our iPhones to our besties this week to get their feedback on the app prototype. We’re planning on making some changes to Dresser based on that feedback. Then, we’ll push out the app on TestFlight. I know, I know, you’ve heard the word “TestFlight” in almost every blog post so far, but it’s been an important part of our app production. This is where your emails come in handy on that Google Form. (You can still submit those emails FYI!) Those of you that volunteer to test Dresser will receive a notification to download TestFlight and use the app on your own iPhone. We’ll ask for your feedback about any changes that need to be made in the final weeks of the project. You can expect that email next week.
Finally, we have beautiful app icons thanks to Tori. She’s spent weeks creating the design for Dresser, and we’ll finally get to see it come together this weekend. Rather than those weird bright green and red boxes we showed you in last week’s blog post, we have these cute thumbs to rate your friends’ outfits:
Adam and Ben will add those ranking icons into the app with their magic coding powers, along with menu icons for inbox, notifications, camera and profile. We’ve noticed that our friends are a little confused about what to do when they first open the app. Some instruction for first-time users would probably be a big help in Dresser. Directions would walk the user through how to use the app and ensure that everyone understands what Dresser can do. You’ve probably noticed this when using popular apps for the first time or when an app like Snapchat or Facebook makes a major update. We think this would be a great tool in Dresser, too.
For example, we currently have a mailbox icon for the inbox screen, but it’s definitely not what iPhone users expect as an icon for their inbox:
We’ll change that icon on the bottom left to an envelope so that users immediately understand the page that we’re on. That will hopefully reduce some of the confusion we’re noticing during user testing.
But it’s more than just app icons, users need a little instruction before using a brand new app. Hopefully we’ll have updates about that next week. That’s all for this week’s blog post! Remember to submit your email for user testing and follow us on Twitter. We follow back.