Poke Spots App

What Is Poke Spots?

An "in-person" food ordering app for poke shops.


Poke Spots is mobile poke ordering app completed for my Google UX Certificate that is tailored to offering a more "in- person" ordering experience. As the only UX designer, designed this project from concept to final design through research, ideation and UX design principles.

Topics Covered

The Problem | The Solution | The Research | Key Pages | Design Changes | Received Feedback | Looking Back


My Roles
Industrial Designer

Tools Used
Pen & Paper, Tablet, Photoshop, Sewing Machine, Fabrics

Sketches, Physical Model, Ideation, User Interviews, Mockups

Portable Student Goods

Time Period
1 Month

Why Poke?

I was a bit lost when it came to poke at first, but after trying different varieties, it won me over as my absolute favorite.

Ordering poke is like crafting a personalized experience, much like you would at a sandwich shop.

What sets poke shops apart is that they're often family-run and each one has its own unique charm.

No app or site really captured the true essence of the experience.

The Problem

How might we give an in person ordering experience virtually through an app?

There is much more freedom when ordering in-person versus virtually. Such as, being able to customize anything and everything of the meal or drink.

Statistics Of The Problem
  • 60% of U.S. consumers order delivery or takeout once a week.

  • A Harvard Business School researcher found that a one-star increase in a restaurant's Yelp rating correlated with a 5-9% increase in revenue.

  • Of 1,084 consumers, 50% said that an order being late frustrated them the most.


The Solution

A mobile ordering app that gamifies the ordering experience. 
This will prioritize customization for shops and users that will...
  • make users they feel like themselves when entering the store.

  • boost revenue by encourage customers to buy more poke.

The Research

This research consists of persona and a competitor analysis. All conducted research and collected data is by me.


Diverse group, spanning ages 20s to 50s to cover all demographics and various poke experience.

Interview Style

1 on 1 interviews in-person and online.

Observed verbal and physical behaviors.

Kept time of each task/activity.

Kristy Lane

Meet a 26-year-old art student, new to the world of poke but loving it despite being a picky eater. Her busy schedule means she orders online, having plenty of cafe apps to satisfy her coffee cravings.

"Price and benefits really matter."
"Mobile ordering should be like ordering in person."
About Her
  • Picky eater

  • Busy art student

  • Can't cook

  • Self expressive

  • Dietary restrictions

  • Loves coffee

Pain Points
  • A picky eater that needs to visualize her orders.

  • She misses the in-person experience but can't afford the time to wait due to her hectic schedule.

  • Has tons of food-ordering apps.


Market Research

Overall in the market...
  • Poke is a very niche segment with only local shops compared to sandwiches with international and national shops. 

  • Well-known shops have a more established app compared.

  • No app has shown any effort to resemble their in-person shopping experience virtually.


Key Pages

These pages give a great overview.

Poke attracts a diverse crowd. Customizing your character, from skin color to clothes, not only adds inclusivity to the app but also lets users represent themselves virtually.

Food Ordering

Ordering poke with Poke Spots mimics the "in-person experience", but virtual. You choose quantity and see details, setting it apart from the competition.

Home Page

The app's everyday language, AAA Web Content Accessibility score, and complementary colors were preferred by 4 out of 5 participants.

"Everyday English words and phrases, that's good."
- Participant D - 

Easy access to points, the store, and the closet motivates users to buy more, benefiting both users in self-representation and local businesses.

Entering A Store
This small animation detail helps give the "in-person" and gamifying experience.

Design Changes

What has changed from 1.0 to 2.0?

Avatar Skin Colors

5/5 participants were overwhelmed with the abundance of skin color options.

The average of similar skin tones were calculated to narrow the 50 tones to 6.


4/5 participants had difficulty understanding the "ABC 123" format, making this a severe issue that needed to be fixed.

I incorporated the "ABC 123" format into the top table, expanding the text box area for clear display of ingredients.

Home Page

Users found the text size too small; adjusting it affected the overall application design.

Using realistic values and prioritizing the main goal of an in-person ordering experience led to a redesign.
Quicks and Font

Quicksand font's rounded corners offer a welcoming feel.

Colors and Icons

Limited color use to 3, mainly derived from the store's icons.

App Icon

App graphic inspired by popular poke bowl ingredients.

Recieved Feedback

What are the participants thoughts?
"I liked how the table at the top got updated whenever I ordered just in case if I forget the previous food. In person I can see what I chose, but it's different online."

Participant S

Overall Score

"It's like a tailored Doordash for Poke."

Participant S

Adjectives Used

Fun | Seamless | Different | Informative | Visual
"This app is better than my usual in-store ordering experience because the steps are really clear and no time pressure."

Participant D

Looking Back

Looking back is the roadmap for the next steps.

What I Did Well

Crafted a distinctive, unmatched app concept with no counterparts in the market.

Validated assumptions through successful user testing.

Delved deeper into potential users and identified issues.

What I Can Do Later

Create an application focused on the enterprise side (Poke stores).

Research poke shop issues and solve them in the app.

What I Would Do  Differently

Interview diverse individuals with varied poke experiences across age groups.

Expand avatar customization with more options from hats to shoes.

Selected Works

Poke SpotProject type

Uyku HapProject type

NXT StrainerProject type

OrontesProject type