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A couple questions for a design app project

I would love it if everyone could answer a couple market research questions for a project I am working on. Your input will be extremely valuable.

Thank you for your time.

  1. If you have used any computer (or mobile device) programs for design, what is your biggest complaint about the tool? What did you like most?
  2. In what way would you like a computer program help you with gardening or garden design?


  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    1. Have used in the past but havent used one for over 20 years so I expect they are more user friendly now but they are just too long winded to set up. I don't see the point of spending days uploading a 3d version of your garden when you can look out of the window. It might help with planning the basic hard landscaping and planting areas but when it comes to plant planning I prefer to do this in situ. 
    2. Thing I struggle with in my new garden are visualising final sizes and planting distance. Is there one that you can put in small plants and then forward to the following year etc and see the plants growth?
    Plant choice is often poor with bad colouring is an app  going to give me my Rosa Gertrude Jekyll and then suggest a hardy geranium and a clematis to contrast or compliment.
    A diary based one which gives you pruning and cultivation info for your plants sounds good but again it's a drag inputting the plants.

    All the best with your project

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,875
    I use Excel - not ideal by a long stretch, but I sort of get there with it.
    Generally I just look at my garden and decide where to move or plant things.
    If there was a cheap design tool I'd be interested in trying it, but for me it'd really be overkill
    Good luck with your project

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • e.wage.wag Posts: 6
    Thank you K67 and Pete.8 for your insights!
  • e.wage.wag Posts: 6
    edited December 2018
    Hi Del_Griffith, Im working on developing a design program for gardening/landscaping. I’m being vague with the questions on purpose so as not o influence answers. Also I don’t want to narrow the window of possible answers. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,320
    is it aimed at professionals, or amateurs?
  • e.wage.wag Posts: 6
    Hostafan1 said:
    is it aimed at professionals, or amateurs?
    Could work for either. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,320
    Forgive me , but IMHO  a product aimed at professional garden designers ( I used to be one ) would have to be significantly more complex than one aimed at the amateur "home gardener" .
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,708
    @e.wag , are you a student? in horticulture or landscape design? in computing? in marketing? Is that project a set task by your teachers?
    Anyway, those two "vague" questions certainly cannot count as serious "market research".
    I mostly agree with what @Del_Griffith has said.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • e.wage.wag Posts: 6
    @Hostafan1 @Del_Griffith @“Papi Jo”
    I will be more than happy to discuss your concerns if you would be kind enough to answer my two questions. It will be of no harm to you, and I assure you, it will be of great help to me. I appreciate your desire to school me, but it’s not why I’m here. 

    That being said, I will answer a few of your questions now and hope you will be polite enough to answer mine. If you do, I will gladly address the rest of your concerns. 

    I am not a student, I am a gardener and work in the horticultural field. I use computers competently, but I’m definitely not the “IT guy”. There is other people who will be doing the coding and all that. I’m definitely not in marketing, which would explain the “unserious” market research. “Market research” might even be the wrong term to use, idk. 

    Again, I hope you will be kind enough to answer my questions, or at least tell me if you can’t or won’t answer them. 

    Thank you.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,320
    To answer your questions:
    1, no, I haven't
    2, I do not consider an "app" would "help" me in any way,shape or form.
    After over 30 years in professional horticulture and 2 years at design college, I don't think I'm your target market.
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