I went to Nashville to visit a friend in May, and I had an epiphany.
Have you ever gone to a new city for a trip and struggled to find local hotspots that cater to what you want to do? It's tough, especially when you unexpectedly run into cover charges or no parking, and realize a little too late that the bar or brewery, for some reason, closes at 11pm on a Saturday night.
Thus, the idea for Barhop came to be.
The concept was simple: Barhop would use your location to find bars in your area. Then it'll give you all the information you need: hours, cover fees, parking, drink specials, entertainment, the type of bar it is, the hours, etc. Then it'll give you reviews so you know if it's a place actually worth checking out.
I had wanted to take a crack at developing my own web application for some time. This gave me an opportunity to do so. I started experimenting with Swift, but I mostly spent time with Adobe Xd. I wanted to design the app, not develop. I wanted to prototype so I could get it on my screen or my phone and test it out, even if it was just a rough mockup. I wanted to brand it, design the logo, icons, etc.
Of course, the app is nothing but a small file on my hard drive. Maybe it'll be something more, but mostly it's a way for me to teach myself the essentials of prototyping mobile applications. I'm already trying to learn one programming language, so while I may not be entirely ready to take on Swift as well right now, one day I'd love to get back to it and see what I can create from it.
In the meantime, I've uploaded the project to my website. Check it out here. I'll be updating it with more info and screengrabs in the future!