App Design • User Interface • User Experience
In preparation for an interview, I was asked to quickly create a fake app based on a short brief and type of collectible item I chose from a small list. Minifigures were my automatic first choice, because who doesn’t like LEGOs? Here's what I created.
Users have Lego Minifigures collections of varying sizes.
They want to:
Inventory their personal collection and track it
Know what's missing from their collection easily
Message/engage with other Minifigures collectors
Add new figures they acquire to their collection with ease
Know how many more figures they need to complete individual series
Find out what each figure they have is currently worth quickly and easily
Attractive, high-fidelity app homepage
User flows/wireframes for adding an item to your collection
Pen & paper
Part of my assignment was creating a clean homepage with features that collectors entering the app would benefit from accessing first.
After researching the number of LEGO Minifigures that are available to collect, I interviewed two friends I knew were fans of collectibles to see what they’d want from an app like this.
I based the following features on my findings, knowing additional testing would be needed to determine the best “final” product:
Modular, easy to test with users and replace segments. Can have infinite scroll to accommodate new sections
Add a new Minifigure immediately, using either the button at the top or the nav bar
Click into a search screen to to find an individual item and see its current price
Latest Minifigure news
Collections (series list)
Forum—connect with other users and send/receive messages. Will have notifications.
Add Item Flows
For this part of the assignment, I wireframed two methods of adding an item: one for an individual figure, and one for adding multiple Minifigures in a series.
Method 1: Users can either tap the large button in the first section of the home screen or the large "+" button in the nav bar to get to a page where they can add an individual figure to their collection. Since the app will have a preloaded archive of all existing Lego Minifigures as they are released, their info will autofill as the figure name is typed or some other type of identification is added.
Method 2: Because adding many figures to a collection in one go is a very common use case, especially when users first download the app, I came up with tap-to-add: a user navigates to a series, either by navigating to their collection and scrolling through or navigating to the series list, and can add a new item to a series with every tap of a "got it!" button. To signify it's been added, the figure appears fully opaque and the "got it!" turns to a check mark. Removing it from your collection is as simple as tapping the item again.