Salus
 

How might we assist users to eat better at restaurants, depending on their health issues?

While I was doing my research, I came across many “eat healthy” apps. Some had a specific purpose, such as counting the user’s calorie intake, displaying nearby gluten-free fast food places, or making healthy recipes. One was even a hypnosis app to help the user eat healthy (this was intriguing). However, none of the apps were simple enough to use and did not display important information about the meals.

I created Salus to help users to find healthy restaurants near them that will accommodate their health issues and food restrictions. Salus means health, safety, and salvation in Latin and Salus also refers to the Roman goddess of health and prosperity. You can pick from various health issues, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and/or high blood pressure. You can also customize with a restriction filter by the type of allergy, where applicable. Salus can be used in a variety of situations: it can help you watch what you want to eat or help you track the food you consume.


Why Salus is Useful? 

Salus will show the nutrition facts on each menu item and will help the user avoid certain foods. Unlike the other apps I reviewed, it provides the most pertinent information for the user’s health condition. My intention was to create an app that would be truly useful to people and help them with their dietary choices. 


Details and Process

Salus will show the nutrition facts on each menu item and will help the user avoid certain foods. Unlike the other apps I reviewed, it provides the most pertinent information for the user’s health condition. My intention was to create an app that would be truly useful to people and help them with their dietary choices.

Challenge: My goal was for Salus to be intuitive. I wanted Salus to be so easy to use and such a great solution to my users’ pain points that they would use it multiple times a day.

Salus app map
 

 

Sketches

 
 

Design

I avoided a lot of bells and whistles and wanted Salus to be intuitive and simple to use. Therefore, there isn’t any sign-up or profile creation. The app will automatically save the user’s settings from the beginning, without requiring him or her to create a profile. The settings feature will allow the user to change his or her settings easily if they wish.

First-time users will have an on-boarding experience and they will be asked to choose their health condition. After that, depending on the user’s location and health issue, the app will show the specific, relevant restaurants. The app does not ask for the user to sign up or create an account. The health condition will be saved from the beginning until it is changed by the user.


Features

Map: The user’s current location will be shown in an orange circle, while the restaurants will be shown in blue. On the map view, there is a search field, toggle view, and side drawer.
Search Field: The user to be able to search for a specific restaurant, restriction, or cuisine.
Toggle View: A list of the restaurants, rather than the map view.
Side Drawer: When the side drawer is tapped, the user will see the filter and settings. 

If the user is on the map view and taps on any of the restaurants, that particular restaurant’s information will appear. For the menu to appear on the restaurant, the user could move the restaurant information bar up and view the menu. I wanted the menu to appear this way since this information is not important at first. But if the user wants to view the menu, they can simply pull it up, much in the same way the user can pull down the notifications area on the iPhone or Android phone.

Filter
It’s important for the user to customize his or her search results because not all users will want the same results. Under filter, the user can change the restaurant results by filtering with the following options:
1. Type of meal
2. Price range
3. [Allergy]Restrictions
4. Type of Cuisines
5. Open now

Settings
This section will hold the health conditions. If the user wishes to add or change his or her health condition, he or she could do so in the settings. Right now, I have listed common conditions, which are diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypoglycemia, and celiac disease.

 
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Colors

Since I wanted the design to be minimal, I chose three colors with a white background. The two blues represents calmness and will show the hierarchy of each page, while the orange acts as an accent color to separate information. Since simplicity is a key factor in my app’s design, I did not want to use any bright or dark color for the background that would take away from the main colors of the navigation areas, so I instead decided to stick to the basic white.

 Color swatches

Color swatches

I believe Salus can help a lot of people, including users who are healthy, but have allergy restrictions. Because the design of the app is intuitive, it will undoubtedly have returning users. I want Salus to help people like me be healthier and feel better in their lives. As stated, I believe my app is a departure from what already exists on the marketplace, mostly because I have prioritized simplicity in the design. By implementing an easy-to-use design, I have created a handy tool that will guide people in their day-to-day dietary decisions.