UI Case study
- Figma: Mid and high fidelity prototyping
- Balsamiq: Low fidelity prototyping
- Draw.io: Flow charts and task analysis
Student Together is a study project part of my training at Career Foundry. The UX part was provided beforehand with elements like user stories and features requirements.
Students who might be juggling with their studies, jobs and families might face a lack of motivation. How can we bring back the enthusiasm of learning something new?
We leverage a community of like-minded students who can share, discuss and test their knowledge. Generating dynamism through the group and developing a trustworthy environment can help students to better face their daily struggles.
Evolution of the wireframes
Before jumping to adding colour and iconography, I progressed from low fidelity to mid-fidelity. You can see below the evolution of the chat page. The first iteration had the menu button in the top-right while the menu itself was vertical on the left.
It was counter intuitive, so I tested a position at the bottom left side. That created a floating open menu button which took a lot of screen estate.
The decision was made to move the button in the top left, at the header level to avoid any confusion.
We now have the structure and organisation. Let’s dig a little into the looks, especially typography and colours.
From the very beginning, I thought of Student Together as a safe space where people can feel free to share and test their skills without facing the “that’s a dumb question” .
It was essential to bring touches of dynamism to make sure our users stayed engaged in the learning process (I didn’t want them to fall asleep on their mobile!).
I created two mood boards conveying that idea of dynamism and a favourable environment for studying.
I went for the second mood board, mainly because I was concerned that too many bright colours would create visual fatigue and make it difficult to consume content.
Both mood boards use the typeface Urbanist to convey modernism while maintaining an accessible style. We will use this for all headings and our logo.
To maintain legibility for the main text, I used Roboto. A very easy to read typeface that pairs well with our headings selection.
While testing my mood board’s original palette, I realised that the accent colour was too powerful and somewhat a bit aggressive.
I tried a new pattern based on the same hues. After a few iterations, I came with the following colour palette.
To maintain consistency across multiple devices, I create a Style Guide detailing the does and don’ts of UI elements, imagery. I went a step further and indicated UI specifications for key components like research result entries.
You can visualise the complete style guide by clicking the snapshot below.
Each iteration was followed by a prototype based on my wireframes. They helped me better assess how the user could interact with my design and how they would navigate between the screens.
You can have a view of the latest revision below.
Designing for different devices
While Student Together was created with a mobile-first approach, it was clear to me that bigger screens would make browsing through content easier.
While maintaining my grid system, I generated responsive designs for larger breakpoints like tablets in landscape or portrait mode, 24″ screens,…
Mobile-first VS the rest of the world
The brief focused on a mobile-first approach, it is a common trend today. Though, reflecting on how our students would most likely use the service, I believe that a desktop-first approach could have been beneficial.
Anyhow, it is the kind of question you answer beforehand with a complete UX research phase.
Small rivers make big oceans
From the very beginning, I created components that I compiled on one page in my Figma document. Naming them and grouping them every time took quite some time and could be perceived as cumbersome.
Although, doing so makes things way easier and shorter when comes to the time to create the style guide and generate the design handoff documentation.
While working on the colour scheme, I created a few iterations with darker shades of blue. They can be perfect for a dark mode in the future. Especially if I want to focus on reducing visual fatigue.
Willing to maintain our users engaged, I want to add more micro-interactions elements. Notably when it comes to curating their own resources.
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