When I first joined the project, Prep4GMAT existed as a skeuomorphic iOS 6 app. My job was to bring it into the modern age and ultimately make it the best app in its category. In the exploratory phase of the project, we focused on taking the insights learned from the previous version of the app and resolving as many pain points as possible. In order to identify and move forward with the best solutions as quickly as possible, we iterated through many ideas using sketching, wireframing, and mockups.
To begin with, we focused on some of the most important screens in the app, including the Home and Analytics screens. We quickly found that we needed to pare down the information we were going to present, as users could only process so much information on the limited space available on a mobile screen. We also experimented with varying styles of iconography, as we knew that could be very influential in setting the tone of the app's look and feel going forward.
Doing quick high-fidelity mockups of our early ideas helped us understand that we were trying to surface too much information – users wouldn’t be able to quickly scan for and comprehend the most relevant data points. We found this to be a valuable lesson that helped us to focus on only surfacing the most relevant data moving forward.
Through the personal experience of LTG's founder, as well as insightful feedback from end users, we were able to identify the key requirements for Prep4 GMAT, and design the experience to fulfill them. Through trial and error, we were able to successfully deliver an experience that allows users to easily monitor their progress, identify areas of weakness, and take action by studying the appropriate material in the appropriate manner. The app essentially guides users through their course of study instead of just forcing them to figure it on their own.
I designed the interface to be clean and simple, devoid of any distractions in order to maximize the user’s focus while studying. A palette of blues and whites also served to calm the user and keep them focused.