The main problem that are group is dealing with is getting users to become more familiar with the features. I have gathered from our conversations this week that our users are not realizing what’s all available to their fingertips. Google maps offers directions as well as many other great features for their users. With that said, Google Maps doesn’t do an efficient job of advertising these features to their users. The extra helpful features it offers are represented in plain blue text which is very simplistic and for lack of better word boring. This stylization of text and features makes it very easy for them to be overlooked and under used if at all. These features are what we are trying to get our users’ eyes to jump to when glancing across the screen, but they sadly blend in with everything with the screen.
I think if these features were better displayed/represented they would encourage the users to incorporate them with how theirnormal usage. I have came with a simple GUI that would help rectifythis problem. As you can see from my sketch above, I have come up with an easy cosmetic fix for Google maps. I have created a toolbar that helps highlight the user friendly features that Google maps offers. I have replaced the boring plain text that Google Maps offers now with a icon toolbar that invites the user to click on them. This way the users with become more interested in them and eventually familiar with them. I believe this a good step to go in because this will make these features more noticeable and attractive to use.