The Rooms project began in April 2013. There are a lot of students in L'Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, and quite often, it's hard to find a free room to work on group projects. After enduring this problem for nearly 3 years, Vincent Lorant and I decided to do something about it.
We tried to answer as precisely as possible to the problem encountered by the students
The calendar of every room in the school is already available on the school intranet, but is absolutely not intuitive, because the user can only see the schedule for the whole week, one room at a time. What we needed was a way to check all the 30 rooms of the school in a single glance. That's why we decided to show the schedule for only one day, but all the rooms at the same time.
Tools to facilitate life
When defining the ergonomics of this application, we took into account different user scenarios, and worked on various tools.
When you connect, a cursor shows you the current time on the timeline, and highlights the rooms that are free at the moment, so you just need a few seconds so know your possibilities. But you can also select the hour you want. If you need a particular type of room, like a workshop or a computer room, we added filters as well as a search field. And if you are planning your work sessions in advance, you can see the room schedules for the 5 next days.
To spare students from the creation of a new account for this service and another password to remember, it was important for Rooms to be linked with their already existing accounts on school intranet. So we reached out to the school's CIO, who helped us connect our app to the student database.