The purpose of this redesign was to improve the checkout experience for users of an ecommerce site. It made the checkout process easier by simplifying and shortening forms and ensuring best practices were followed. My role was to research best practices and industry standards, create wireframes and mockups, and assist with usability testing. I collaborated with product management and research.
After the wireframes were complete, I created mockups in Sketch. I used these high fidelity visuals to create a simple prototype in InVision, so that stakeholders could experience the proposed checkout flow.
In addition to an InVision prototype, I assisted the UX researcher in creating a higher fidelity Axure prototype to use in usability testing. Along with the UX researcher, I helped facilitate usability tests to validate my design decisions with potential users.
Through this project I learned how to effectively synthesize lengthy design studies and use the findings to defend my design decisions. I also got great experience facilitating usability tests.
Testing my designs with real users empowered me to push the designs further by validating what information was necessary, and where. I was reminded that showing less information for the sake of a clean design can actually introduce more confusion if a user can’t find everything they need.
I enjoyed getting to overhaul a vital part of a site that was in need of a redesign. In a way it was cathartic to lay out all of the updates that I had been wanting to make for quite some time. The biggest challenge of this project was striking a balance between an ideal design and what could realistically be accomplished with resource constraints. I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone (and my usual role) to facilitate usability tests. Getting direct feedback from real users was both rewarding and humbling.