There are always many useless or not-frequently-used things in everyone’s life. There are many common methods to deal with these “idle things”. For instance, post them on the auction website to make the profit or just throw it away. Inspired by hippie’s barter culture, we came up with an idea to utilize them to make new friends.
Swaapie, a location-based dating application, could let users make new friends by exchanging things. Compared to typical dating applications, such as Tinder, Swaapie re-invent a way of representing a person. In addition to appearance, we believed a thing used by a certain person is more representative of interests and personalities, which is more important to understand a new person. In a word, the goal of Swaapie is to allow users to use what they do not really need to create the opportunity to meet new, real friends.
2016.12 - present
There are two item exchange modes in Swaapie. The first is one on one matching. As long as two users like each other's item, the system would match them. After matching successfully, the users can use the chat room function to discuss the details of the items and use the calendar function to determine the time of offline appointment. The second one is the group swapping. In group swapping mode, a user could use their own created items to apply to join the group as long as they see a group they are interested in. Once the group's creators agree, the user can join the group successfully.
We believe that each used item can only represent a story, a unique background context. The story can not be copied and recreated. As a consequence, in Swaapie, it’s a limitation that once an item is successfully matched, the same item can no longer be matched with other users unless users cancel this match.
Core Feature 1. One on one matching
Once you drag the item to the center of the screen in one on one matching mode, you can start matching. In this mode, there are four functional buttons. The ”X” symbol represents “dislike this item”, “heart-shaped” symbol is on behalf of “like this item”. The left most of is the ”Rewind” button, the far right is the “Super-Like” button.
This workflow shows how users create an item, conducting one on one matching and how to arrange the date of offline appointment.
The user interface design was made by the UI developing software Sketch. The purpose of this high-fidelity UI design was to illustrate the service workflow with a more realistic look.
Core Feature 2. Group Swapping
In group swapping mode, a user could use their own created items to apply to join the group as long as they see a group they are interested in. Once the group's creators agree, the user can join the group successfully.
This workflow shows how users apply to join a group
The purpose of this clickable prototype was to illustrate the service workflow.