Case study

UI & UX

Android app

Process

The client was small start-up from USA. They made a request to design a new product called MineralBox — a mobile application for geologist and geology enthusiast. The app was aimed at helping people to find more useful tool for the android users. Users would be able to browse for different type of minerals and read more useful informations about them. Moreover, the app could be useful for students as a tool for education purposes. The specific feature of MineralBox app was expected to discover rare Minerals and shared with community.

Problems to be solved

Challenges

MineralBox have some problems to resolve:

  1. 
no-community focused on specific topic – minerals
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  2. long list of different types of minerals
  3. missing good quality pictures and descriptions of objects
  4. not visual appealing apps available in android store.

Problems to be solved

Goals

MineralBox have some problems to resolve:

  1. to build community around minerals
  2. create engaging content
  3. to provide knowledge to professional and hobbies people.
  4. create visual appealing and user friendly product

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Research process

We take a ride to check apps already push to Google Play shop. We fond out that lots of the applications have exactly the same goals, so we decide (along with a start-up company) to focus on UI to make a difference on the market. As the final solution we prepared a visual attractive content for our future users.
Our next step was a quick trip to university to visit geology department and found more insights about their work and passion for minerals. Our designer’s team was involve in review them about their expectation and needs.
Goals

MVP

Our minimum value product contains:

  1. home (search, news, daily dictionary)
  2. alphabetical order (A-Z list of minerals)
  3. classifications (sorted by type of minerals)
  4. favourites (your own list of minerals)
  5. settings (log-out, notification, etc)

Market research

Competitive Analysis

Our minimum value product contains

  1. home (search, news, daily dictionary)
  2. alphabetical order (A-Z list of minerals)
  3. classifications (sorted by type of minerals)
  4. favourites (your own list of minerals)
  5. settings (log-out, notification, etc)

Research

UX design

When all the requests were considered, we went to the stage of wireframing. Our team think that is a good starting points to invest more time into solving problems process than start working on high-end UI design. At the time of design sprints we focused on quick manual sketches of wireframes. We went from visuals to the basic concept of app. Than we start to prepare a low fidelity wireframes and prototypes to display them on devices.

Research

UI design

When all the requests were considered, we went to the stage of wireframing. Our team think that is a good starting points to invest more time into solving problems process than start working on high-end UI design. At the time of design sprints we focused on quick manual sketches of wireframes. We went from visuals to the basic concept of app. Than we start to prepare a low fidelity wireframes and prototypes to display them on devices.

Research

Authors

UI/UX/Visual design authors: Barbara Jura, Marta Moskwa.