The way i get ideas for a design is that i'll go through and make various logos and base the design on that logo so thats what I done with this in the end I had various different logos but the final one i chose was the one you see above.
I made two personas one being a older male land lord and the other a young female student this was to give a personality to the app and give me more ideas of what i could implement into the design.
I then made up a site map of various different things that were going to be involved in the application like a hamburger menu and what would be on the home menu and such. From this i got people to create their own site maps and what they thought was most important this then helped me create my final site map.
I then made paper prototypes of the app and gave them to people in the college and at home this then helped me refine the app even further.