Lack of ability to bulk manage a large amount of invitations.
Sketching, Wireframing, User Experience, Usability Testing
Challenging to plan a snow sports excursion without multiple sources of information.
Research, Sketching, Wireframing, Prototyping, User Interface Design, Testing
iOS, Apple Watch, Landing Page
Traction Guest is a workplace safety and security software. A variety of users use our software - the technical IT administrator who configures the software, the administrator who oversees who is visiting onsite and employees who invite their guests.
The Traction Guest mobile app planned to include more features. However, creating space for these new features required reorganizing its information architecture.
Apart from the filters and settings, all areas of the app’s design pattern were addressed during this project. The former two areas were unique from the rest of the app, so they merit their own research and exploration.
The problem the current app
Working with my colleague on the design team we brainstormed with to confirm the problem areas of our mobile app. The mobile app’s original design uses older material design principles which had its challenges:
I rearranged the app IA beforehand to inform the app's navigations - this also reflects our users' mental models.
I considered upcoming features on our roadmap and brought Invites, Signins and Roll Call together using a segmented control - something our users previously requested.
Segmented control combining 3 pages
Working closely with a mobile developer, we held daily standups to catch challenges the dev team had building to the design specifications. For example, filters are not a functionality we planned to redesign during this project; however, we realized that users did not have an easy way to sort information by location as they could in our desktop application.
Old filter pattern (left), new filter user flow (right)
Most modern apps today use tabbed navigation. I hypothesized this pattern could improve users' recall and recognition, making it simple to move between tasks as features are no longer hidden behind a drawer menu.
Old app navigation pattern (left) new tabbed navigation pattern (right)
In discussions with my Product Team, we decided to keep drastic UI changes in our back pocket as it would require user validation. After launching the mobile app, we had the opportunity to speak with users to validate the decisions made.
Did our users:
Generally, our users didn’t experience trouble with the new navigation UI. They understood how to use location filtering and switch between locations.
A feature requested was the ability to select multiple locations at once. Additionally, the location filter can be easier to find by using iconography as it blends into the content area.
Finally, most interviewees didn't expect to find features in the Settings section. This area will need further research to categorize better information that doesn't fit within our navigation.
From a business perspective, we need to increase the adoption of our mobile app by better understanding the needs of our users from a mobile app.
Additionally, we could leverage iOS widgets to give our users glanceable information that would no longer require opening the app.