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V2: Looking for Project Feedback

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Software Engineer at Taro Community4 days ago

Product: A web app to find vegan recipes that you can make in < 20 minutes

Link: https://easyveganrecipes.vercel.app/

Improvements

  • Now its vegan oriented
  • All recipes are less than 20 mins
  • No need to refresh to get new recipes (supports infinite scrolling)
  • Filters based on dish type (main course/dessert/side/starter) I think this is the biggest UX improvement
  • Based on feedback removed the scroll bars within each card
  • Cleaned the data a bit to keep good recipes
  • It shows the time

What I would like to know:

  • What would it take for you to actually use the app?
  • UX/UI suggestions
  • Feature requests

I'm open to any and all feedback. I would love to hear your thoughts even if its just a sentence :)

Previous post: https://www.jointaro.com/question/dj2ekcHkzLc0qN7fgBtm/critique-my-side-project/

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    Helpful Tarodactyl
    Taro Community
    4 days ago

    I feel like if you really want to get quality feedback and actual users, you should find vegans you actually know and reach out to them directly. Sit down with them and talk about what they find difficult about maintaining their vegan lifestyle - don't even show them your product, just understand what they're going through. If you're vegan, then ask yourself - what would it take for you to use this product every day? If you do use it every day, then great - ask 10 other vegans what their challenges are, then see if their problems overlap. If they do, then make a feature in your product that supports that. After that, reach back out to them and ask them to try out your app and ask for feedback. Then rinse and repeat, and ask those vegan friends to introduce you to more vegans.

    Taro, as great of a community that it is, isn't your target demographic. Sure, there are a few vegans in the community, but the concentration isn't dense enough. As a result most of the community can't really offer you helpful feedback because... we're not vegan. You'd probably have better chances if you posted on the vegan subreddit than here. Not trying to discourage you but I think your efforts for getting feedback can be better spent elsewhere.

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      Software Engineer
      Taro Community
      4 days ago

      This is genuinely such helpful feedback and I really appreciate your words. I'm personally not vegan but 80% of the meals I cook are vegetarian/vegan,. I'm currently trying to get 1-2 vegetarians/vegans to use my app and asking them what it'll take for them to try it

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      Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
      4 days ago

      +1 to this. Taro can be helpful for UX feedback, but to 'get in the head of the user', there are probably better places online to find those.

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    4 days ago

    Nice improvements from v1! Targeting a specific demographic (one that is personally appealing to me) definitely makes this more appealing.

    UX:

    • Could you remove a click by embedding the filters at top (something like https://www.jointaro.com/networking/, but with checkboxes).
      • There's almost certainly an 80/20 rule here -- very few people want recipes for beverages or condiments, but everyone want recipes for the main course.
    • The pics look much better now, more appetizing somehow. Perhaps it's because the meals are personally relevant to me now

    Feedback as a user:

    • The biggest blocker for is that I just don't care enough (or I'm too lazy) to try out new recipes. I just default to things I've made before, a ready-made meal, or Chipotle.
    • When I do cook, it's often socially. Either with my wife, or because a friend told me about a dish. I'll rarely go to a website and choose a random recipe.

    One random idea for growth in the food area: can you create detail pages for each recipe and put them on Pinterest? I have no idea if this will work, but simply having a good pic and clean way for people to get the recipe is probably valuable.