Problem: The profile section used webview, while reworking it we also redesigned profile to accommodate all user tasks, for scaling and improving usability.
Goal: Improve information architecture, usability, findability and set the section up for scaling.
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UX writing, UX strategy, Information architecture, Interaction model and task analysis does not seem to be a strong technical competency. They all need attention. UX writing needs to be reworked. The content ranges from passive aggressive to filler copy
1. The title behaves differently than the rest of the app. If the photographs are a spotlight it should snap to a title bar
2. Title vs sentence case confusion
If this is a profile - what type of personalisation or photography should we show? I think a curated brand image is more on point. Profile pictures are important on apps and systems where other people identify you.
3. Track my order is a conditional navigation item. Should it be there all the time?
4. Log a return seems to be the second most important action on the section. Should it be part of a spotlight or toolbar?
5. Account chevron should show down and up. This sub-categorisation hides important information at the expense if unimportant information. It also complicates the UI. Just show the navigation instead. This entire section is the profile. The other elements belong to that category.
6. Why use arbitrary time delineation as part of the Information architecture? Orders and Returns are objects with data. Active orders should display in the hub page
7. Where is the rest of the payment information?
This, as most other pages, have a great information and visual design.
We should explore enhancements for the page specifically the micro information for the order may be improved slightly. The other opportunity lies with responsive content using time-based triggers.
Why are we talking about tracking an order if it was already delivered? This entire page is an old order. This is an example of using a time based trigger as a destination.
1. The page title is deceptive. It should focus on the delivery status.
2. Nice design. It feels more web than app however.
We’re already on the Order detail page, why are providing filler content?
3. Is Order number really a primary data point for customers to recognise their current order? The items in the order with the total feels more logical for recognition. The delivery date and status is more important from an information need.
4. You’re on the Superbalist app. 2 further data points about brand feels excessive
5. We need better guidance on numbers in the styleguide. There should be a space after currency and after thousands.
6. A red primary call to action feels very difficult to manage from a design communication perspective. There are three variant of primary call to action buttons. Red, green and grey. A primary call to action denotes a single style. We should simplify the design language.
7. The label Delivery 1 has no informational value in this scenario. If it denotes split deliveries it should only display when the delivery is split and not as a default.
8. Why do we contract?
Micro information architecture seems weird.
I understand we may need to have item status on a object level as a default because of the variances. But my feeling is it would be better to show status on an item level when it is needed. E.g. before delivery or when Refund was requested.
My expected order is Product name, Price, Delivery status, Quantity, Size.
This section has fontitis. Bold, Italic, size differences and in different colours.
9. We should improve the copy at a minimum. It would be better to show different status based on time but I understand that may cause strain of the services.
1. Why is Superbalist in green? I know it’s used as an accent but it looks like a tertiary link. Rather use bold, or even better. Why are we mentioning the brand. Rather use the logo mark and restructure the page a bit.
2. Micro information architecture is off. Review order.
3. Layout focuses on date - it actually just feels difficult to read
The order overview as images is genius. We should use this pattern wherever we need to show an order overview.
1. Interaction model is really weird. Why is there a back and a close button?
This is another pointer that the information architecture, navigation model, interaction model and conceptual model is slightly misaligned.
It is the type of problem that is difficult to untangle but usually easy to fix after you’ve figured out all the problems.
This problem’s been highlighted with other areas of the site.
2. Search background colour is wrong colour. Too dark.
Can we we specific on what labels search actually allows?
This is a usability issue.
3. Micro information architecture feels a bit off
I’d expect Amount and number of items in an order to be recognition factors for customers.
1. I find the superscript difficult to read and interpret. We’ll at it to our research backlog
2. What is the value of a public wishlist? We will kick off a Wishlist research project at some point in the near future
3. The list vs grid is really cool. But should it be a segmented control. Couldn’t we do it as a view option in the title bar?The Wishlist is a very important real estate so we should prioritise and make every element count
4. Over use of badges means important elements no longer have value for recognition. We shouldn’t have more than 3 styles in total. Only 2 should carry meaning the last should hold information.
5. The colour jumps. What does it mean? Is it a link and is that why it is a slightly different green than the highlight colour?
6. Do we really need the content here all the time? Is it a customer data point? We should test it.
7. Cool button. But it is completely different than all the other buttons. From an interaction design perspective I would like to create strong associations with the Cart and Favourite buttons - that means it should always look and behave in the same way. Is it square or round? It should be as distinctive as the logo mark.
8. Why is there a red dot? It usually denotes activity or updates.
The conceptual design reworked the issues found in the expert review. The best part of the profile redesign was to highlight triggered events. For instance, when you are waiting for a order it should show it to you — that’s the most important thing you want from the app at that time. Bubbling up the most relevant activity should be part of the experience strategy.
Unfortunately this functionality was de-prioritised - I’m hoping I can get this into a sprint soon as I believe it will be massively beneficial to our customers.
The system doesn’t currently help our customers make a decision when they just joined or do something new. With this project we started adding nudge (empty) states as a prelude to doing onboard design patterns.
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