The ultimate act of yak shaving: In order to work out, obviously I wanted a better interval timer than I found on the app store. Something with minimal configuration, and a simple, attractive UI that you can glance at to reorientate yourself when you’re in the middle of burpees.
Based on experience with other timers, I wrote some Job Stories to capture the important moments that I felt could be improved:
- When I’m about to start a HIIT session
- I want to quickly initiate a clock to time my high and low intervals, with minimal setup
- and I want to know how many intervals I’m committing to and how long it will take
- So I can get on with my workout quickly
- When I’m picking the interval durations and number of sets
- I want to know how long a workout I’m committing to
- So I can be sure I’m exercising for neither too long nor too short.
- When I’m in the middle of an interval
- I want to clearly see and hear when it ends
- So I don’t mess up the timing
- When I’m feeling pushed
- I want to see how close to the end of the whole session I am
- So I can feel progress, and know whether to keep pushing myself or ease off
It’s just a prototype for now (though it works great on the phone), but I’m keen to start building it for real to learn more about the iOS ecosystem. I was pleasantly surprised at how the animations add to the fluidity of the interactions, and how easy they were to create in Framer.