Jonathan, Gabby, Justin Design Doc

Interaction Design: Group Project

Team: TFGD (Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy)
Group Members: Jonathan Alicea, Justin Seda, Gabrielle A. Bartomeo


Title and Description

The title of the project is QPQ. QPQ stands for Quid Pro Quo. Quid pro quo is Latin for “Something for something.” Another word for swapping something for something else is bartering.


QPQ is a phone app that allows users to barter with each other.

QPQ Goes Social

In economies of old, long, long ago, there was no such thing as dollars, coins, or credit. If you required an item, you would barter for it by offering items you have to another person to get the item you want. You didn’t trade what you could have, but what you had.


Enter the economic crisis of 2008 and the recession that appears to refuse to leave. The credit and housing crisis sent and continues to send many into poverty and homelessness. Those who are jobless and unemployed have shot up to unprecedented levels in number, and those who normally would be hiring have not been. Still, needs exist for all people. It is always better to trade that which is tangible rather than that which is intangible.


QPQ will allow people with smart phones to find and offer barters so that they can receive what they need, whether it’s food, clothing, games, art, or more. The best part about QPQ is that the barters you participate in do not involve money or credit – it involves only what you and others have.


This app’s target audience is ages sixteen and up, as anyone younger seeking to participate in a barter should contact a parent or guardian to learn about bartering and have their parent help them, providing a potential bonding experience.


3 thoughts on “Jonathan, Gabby, Justin Design Doc

    1. Gabby B.

      If this were to materialize as an actual app, it would probably present itself in the Java and Objective C language so that it could take form on both iOS and Android.

      Realistically, due to time constraints, work restraints, and knowledge restraints, it will be developed either in Python or Processing. A phone at this point would be useless, as our collective mental databases lack much information on programming in Objective C or Java for translation into an app for the iOS or Android.

      User feedback will be needed after confirmation of a working prototype on: aesthetic appeal, difficulty, emotion. Aesthetic appeal would be subcategorized into things like whether or not the colors were right, if anything appeared off-center or in need of being relocated or otherwise rearranged, the logo’s memorability, the fonts chosen, and the softness or sharpness of the display. Difficulty is self-explanatory: how hard is the product to use? Lastly, emotion would be far more open-ended. Did the user enjoy their experience with the app, was it something on their mind for a while, was there anything about the app that irritated them?

      These are all things Jonathon, Justin, and I have discussed in length, and while we may attempt to second-guess ourselves, we’ve acknowledged the ever-present need for alpha and beta testers of our app and of anything that is to have user-interaction.

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