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Concept iteration 
User interview
Individual project 
5 weeks


is a food planner that helps people efficiently manage their weekly/monthly eating plans.

The app features cooking receipt and categories to ease the user's transition from work to life. Foodmatter empowers users through envisioning their needs such as diet, fitness, and muscle growth from allocating each meal consumed.

Problem Statement

83% people struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a result of a messy plan on the daily meal. Lacking clear management on the meal plan, users easily fall into stress eating or merely give up eating the way they have planned.

Target user

 For people who require specific quality of their meals while have difficulty sticking to it





What prevent users from sticking to their original food plan? 

To start off the research, I conducted a 1:1 interview with Pitzer College staff who usually have weekly food plan ahead vs. those who decide what to eat right before breakfast/lunch/dinner time.

Interview Synthesis

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User journey of weekly planner and daily planner

Interview Findings

Based on interview details, users are identified with struggles to stick to their plan due to lack of weekly food management  platform, too many diverse food information, and frequently changed schedule. 

Lack of platform

The cooking inspirations saved in Notes ususally get forgotten

Time management app does not include everyday meal plan for the week

Too many sources

Online recipes either on webpage or recipe app are hard to collect in one notebook

Unorganized sources distracts users from focusing on weekly overall plan

Changed schedule

Even when the upcoming schedules are already determined, there are always new events

After particular schedule are changed, user forget to go back to origial plan

key pain points of users


How might we guide users to stick to their food plans in their usually changed schedule?

  • A synthesized platform that offers various recipe under categories  

  • A notebook in which users can save recipes from the internet

  • A weekly timetable that arranges individual quality-specific food (diet, fitness, muscle growth)



Based on the user's need, the low-fi features focus on four pages:

1. home page, including daily recipe recommendation, recipe category

2. personal weekly plan page, including a weekly time table 

3. shopping list page

4. "favorite" board, including notebook and saved recipe

Low-fi Feature Ideation


weekly paln 

recipe page

home page

recipe category

notes from online sources

"fav" page

Final Outcome​​

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As a result of the project, I delivered a Foodmatter mobile app. Combining the core weekly food plan table with choices of in-app recipe, this app aimed to support users to participate in healthy lifestyle in the eating perspective. The food table would act as the centerpiece of the app that helps users to envision thier daily intake for the following week , and the specific category of recipe would assist user with making plan in a satisfying process. 

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Weekly Table 

enables user to overview their weekly food plan by adding any wanted recipe from their favorite list or simply from any browsing recipe.

Home Page

includes all recipe of various kinds in the database for users to choose. Users can also choose by category of specific needs. 

Shopping List 

offers users a convenient way to mark the needed ingredients right from the recipe page .

My Favorite 

is a space for users to create their own categories or marked food list, which can also be used as a notebook documenting inspiration from the internet.

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