Starting Feeld Redesign
This will be the start of a fairly odd project, but one that I've been wanting to do for a long time. So why not document the process 😄. The problem starts with a dating app called Feeld. The basic premise is that this is a dating app for couples or those interested more in polyamorour or alternative relationships. This is a super interesting concept, especially from a UX perspective, but unfortunately the app comes no where near its own potential.
What I'm hoping to acheive in this series is to first go in an examine whats wrong with the app currently and then re-envision it as something more true to the core user. This will be partly design and partly code as I'd like to make a basic MVP of my concept that could be used to test the user experiance. Lets jump right in!
From my experiance using the app I've noticed four distinct groups of users based on their intent with the app. From these four there are multiple combinations of gender, orientation and sexual preference. But lets start with breaking down these user stories.
New to the polyamory scene, have little experiance but are curious about the possibilies.
- Little/no experiance
Looking for others seeking alternative relationships. Not sure what they want.
Might use the app for intense periods at the start but overtime will loose interest or if they mind a monogamous relationship will abandon the app.
- Find others with similar goals
- Safely engage others
- Inclusive space for exploration
Single people looking for sexual experiances with couples or groups.
- Single or in relationship
- Sexual appetite for couples
- Some experiance
Looking for couples open to a third person in relationship/bed. Able to see everyone involved and be part of a group conversation.
Use app from time to time when in the mood. Aren't seeking relationships so will usualy not continue chatting with couples after. Will want to 'cast a large net' and see what interests them.
- Larger pool of people
- Group chat with couple, not just one person
- Clear intentions for the interaction
Couples looking to spice up their sex life by bringing in a single person to play with.
- Sexual appetite for threesomes
- Use the app together
Are in relationship but want to have a sexual experiance together with another person. Private and don't want this to be known by their closer friends/family.
Use the app togehter, searching profiles and dicussing together outside the app their interests. Might have different preferences or desires. Will use the app periodically but more consistantly over time as long as they enjoy it.
- Group chat
- Clear intentions from start
Couples looking for relationships with other experianced poly couples.
- Seeking friendship/relationship
- Have experiance with open relations
Have a hard time finding others with similar ideas about relationships. Feel marginalized or objectified in other dating apps. Feel misunderstood.
Use the app regularly to interact with other poly couples. Will typically find another relationship, meet, and then move to another app like WhatsApp for futher communication.
Clear boundaries about relationships
There are of course many many other types of users, and part of that is the pure USP of this app that it allows such a scope of different users with different desires and needs. Without diving into the gender diversity on the app, I think its best to understand why people are there as opposed to other dating apps, and what they get from Feeld that other apps don't provide.
"We believe nothing is more unpredictable or less binary than human desire. This is why we created Feeld, where everyone can be honest with themselves while being responsible towards others." ~Feeld Website
As the app currently stands there are two main functionalities when using regularly. The first is the search functionality, where you set preferences for what you are looking for and then have a typical Like/Dislike way of searching for matches. The second is the chat functionality where you can view matches, start conversations with them and create group chats.