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    iPhone App for SOSgarde Now Available


    Earlier this week we rolled out a new iPhone app that we built for SOSgarde, a popular website that connects parents with local babysitters, nannies, senior caregivers and pet sitters. We’ve had an ongoing partnership with Montreal-based SOSgarde (also known as SOSsitter across Canada) for several months now. We originally approached Paulina Podgorska, the company’s founder, about extending her services to the mobile space. Our plan was to build an app that would broaden the reach of her two sites to mobile parents. This would provide parents with on-the-go access to sitters directly from their iPhone.

    We worked closely with Paulina to understand her users and how they leverage her sites. Designing a gesture-based mobile app involves different challenges such as dealing with limited on-screen real estate, and subtle considerations of context and ergonomics. In order to provide mobile users with the simple and efficient experience they expect from their handheld device, we storyboarded all interactions and came up with a progression of screens that allows users to contact a sitter in three steps. In order to make the interface easy to scan, we used appropriate icons and pulled only the essential info from the site. We integrated the standard phone and email features so parents could connect with sitters directly from within the application.

    The French version of the application, SOSgarde, officially rolled out this week. The English version, SOSsitter, will be released shortly.

    Do you have a mobile project that we can help with? If so, contact us.