The award winner app (Grand One 2017), has been around since 2015. As Kesko grows and expands its business, there was a need to redesign it to keep visually align with the new brand guidelines.
I joined the project in 2018 as a Senior UI/UX designer to be part of the team that will make the biggest visual change since its release. The main goal was to change the home screen and later the rest.
I started researching the competitors (direct and indirect) to see what they have been doing. I also wanted to know the preferences of the client in terms of theme and style. Here are some examples:
Audit the app
I looked into the current app content and tried to find out the primary components. I ranked from the most relevant to less, based on the home screen design. I was trying to find if I need to change the structure based on the user needs.
Also, the client said that most users are more interested in personal offers and recipes.
Now that I got to understand a little better the content structure, I tried to design something familiar with a better organization based on the relevance of the content.
My goal here is to get people’s attention to the relevant components at first glance. Also, make sure that the content in the header navigation is more clear and easy to the eye.
An important observation was the home screen design would dictate the look and feel throughout the app. So I had to keep this in mind.
Mockups & Clickable prototype
I worked on the design for a week, I came up with a few variations, basically trying to reorganize the components. After that, we did a round of user interviews with a clickable prototype.
We want to make sure the user will still find the relevant components, and how they react to the new look and feel. The feedback was very positive, which gave us the green light to move forward.
Learns and key takeaways
After the round of user interviews, getting the designs approved was quick. And the team soon started the development. All the designs were made in Sketch, and for the deliverables, I used Zepling.
Also, I had a chat with one of our developers to help me understand the technology behind the app, and it’s APIs. This was essential to the design process since the changes were going to affect the iOS and Android versions.
K-Ruoka Mobile is an ongoing project, and a lot has been done since my arrival. We released the redesigned version later in 2018, and the user feedback was very positive.