Storyboards are important to the project process because they give context to why, where, and how a user will use the product or service being built. Below are some examples I've created for app ideas as part of an assignment through Coursera's Human Centered Design: An Introduction course.
App Idea #1
Problem: Cyclists need up to date information on safe and unsafe routes and intersections, finding bike racks and bike repair shops.
Solution: A crowdsourcing app for cyclists to tag bike-friendly routes, unsafe intersections, bike racks, etc. It could later expand to pedestrians or other alternate modes of transportation.
The scenario shows a cyclist encountering a bad intersection and leaving a comment on his experience. Later, another cyclist makes plans to meet a friend for dinner, plans his route, sees the tagged intersection, and avoids going that way. He arrives to dinner safe and sound.
App Idea #2
Problem: Children in suburban areas may not understand or utilize alternative modes of transportation outside of the family car. Alternatively children in urban areas may use other modes of transportation and would like to learn more about transportation.
Solution: This educational app will teach children about different modes of transportation in relation to what's available in their area. May include gamification and interactive activities to make learning about transportation systems fun. It will also provide an interface for teaching children how to plan trips.
The scenario shows a child (Ryan) living in an urban environment with his mom. His mom suggests visiting an museum and Ryan asks if he can plan their trip using the app. Ryan puts in where he wants to go, and the app pulls up transportation routes. The app tells Ryan if he travels by bus he'll receive 10 points. They take the bus to the museum and Ryan receives a badge in the app.
App idea #3
Problem: Working adults (especially commuters) are busy and need to run errands efficiently so they have more time for leisure, family, and friends.
Solution: This app will plot errand routes for maximum time efficiency. It will learn user's behaviors such as common errands/stops/routes and will suggest the optimal route based on traffic and order of errands. It will also include to-do lists and restock reminders.
The scenario shows a user heading out to run errands. Before she leaves her house she pulls up her errands and shopping list on the app. At one of her stops, the app asks if she also needs to purchase an item left off the list, but that is usually purchased at this time and place. The user forgot to add that item and confirms she needs to pick it up as well. She is satisfied because she efficiently got all items on her shopping list!