The Meal Ninja
The meal-splitting app that saves you your time, your wallet and even your friendships.
As part of General Assembly’s admissions process, we are tasked with designing a simple mobile application that helps users deal with common challenges and pain points. I chose to create an app that splits checks at a restaurant between a group of people.
“The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant”
I immediately thought of this Friends episode. It helped get me into the right mindset, think about the type of people I’m targeting and discover some common pain points when eating out with friends.
There are several meal-splitting apps currently on the market, some of which I’ve used in the past. I dove into the pros and cons of the best apps out there: Plates, Settle Up, and Tab.
Each app comes with cons that are potential barriers to entry. Not everyone is going to be tech savvy if they have to do their portion of the bill on the app. There’s a learning curve for people to have to figure out a whole new app on the fly. Some groups might all want to do their part themselves, but wouldn’t be able to on an app that only lets one person do the work. People need an app that is flexible for multiple different types of groups.
Personas & Scenario
Joe, Stacy and Erica are out celebrating. Stacy ordered three drinks. Joe got lobster, the most expensive meal on the menu. Erica only got soup. Everyone split the appetizers. The waiter brings the check. How do you split the check in a way that is simple, efficient and most importantly: keeps the peace?
Create and save groups for friends who dine together frequently
View steps all at once as a list, or page by page
Unlimited group size
Take a picture of the bill OR input your bill manually
Everyone can join group via a code or share link, select what they ate and pay primary payer via apps like Venmo or Cash App. One person can also do the work solo.
Internationally integrated with currencies, languages AND exchange rates.