UniGreeks is an exclusive female owned e-commerce vendor that specializes in Greek letter screen printing and embroidery. I worked with the founders to create a responsive informational website that will showcase UniGreeks products as well as provide customers with guidelines and information on how to order.
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Understanding the business
In order to understand UniGreeks goals, I conducted stakeholder interviews with the founders to identify and understand their needs.
To learn more about market trends in the Greek Screen Printing industry, we conducted a feature analysis, focusing on UniGreeks direct competitors.
It's notable to mention that there are three particular things UniGreek's competitors have in common:
A large banner showcasing either a clear CTA or a large image to create an eye catching appeal appears on the home page.
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2. About Page
Three out of four competitors have an "About" page letting their customers get to know their company more and sharing a little on why they started their company.
Meanwhile, CustomGreekStore has an "About" page but rather than giving a blurb to their company, they showcase all their contact information.
A newsletter subscription form is placed at the footer.
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Data Synthesis and Key User Insights
Continuing our research we interviewed 10 users that are in a sorority or fraternity that have utilized one or more Greek vendors to buy merchandise within the last 5 years. This particular demographic is important because based off the stakeholder's interview, Greek members are their target customer base (but not their ONLY customer base).
Users typically use pictures from vendor's sites for inspiration to figure out what they want to buy or what designs they would like to have on their products
Users prefer to use a standardized template to place their order and likes when vendors are detail oriented and organized.
Users appreciate good communication and price transparency.
Users value accurate photo representation products.
The User and Their Journey
Using the insights we developed a persona that represents our user base.
Our persona helps capture and communicate the needs of the target demographic of buyers to the company founders, while we used journey mapping as a way to identify problem areas in the current experience
Jenny needs an easy standardized method to order products for her sorority little sister.
Considering her price range as a college student, how can we help Jenny confidently order the right products within a timely manner.
We already had an idea of how the site's primary navigation would look like, but we conducted a closed card sort in order to further test how users would be grouping different main and sub categories.
The average amount of groupings was 4 categories, compared to the original 9.
The majority of the groupings agreed on the same main categories and subcategories were all similar.
Create clear CTA on the onboarding while providing users with a sleek aesthetic.
Showcase past products as well as available garments/designs in an organized fashion.
Seamless ordering process.
Add an ambassador program.
State clear price transparency within the site.
Promote email subscription.
We suggested a payment method through the site, but our client requested an email format as UniGreeks is still a startup and our client wants the site to be more of a informational site rather than a direct e-commerce site.
UI Style Guide
Heading 1: Work Sans Semi Bold, 38px
Heading 2: Work Sans Light, Bold, 28px
Heading 3: Oswald Extra Light, Bold,
Body: Georgia, 16px
Button: Avenir, 12px, 0.1 character spacing
Within the stakeholder's interview, the founders wanted the website to emphasize female empowerment while simultaneously emitting a modern, sleek and chic look.
To correspond with that, we decided to choose a pallet of different shades of pink while, while using san serif fonts as the main text type with only the body text as a serif font.
Our hope is to communicate empathy and the modern desire through our UI design choices, while leaving the body text as serif to emphasize a clean and elegant appearance to the site.
Users expected the FAQs to be within the About subcategory
Users expected the design guidelines to be within inquiries.
Users were confused when fabric patterns were not in the design guidelines page itself.
While testing out the mid fidelity wireframes, we noticed users had trouble navigating to the design guidelines and gallery.
Later while testing our the first round of high fidelity, we noticed the following:
For the time being, stakeholders had requested that the website be more of an informational site. As the company further gains traction, UniGreeks will move to able users to purchase items through the website. As this becomes a reality, the following are the next steps:
Allow users to create accounts with login information;
Allow users to add items to a shopping cart;
Allow users to pay through the website itself via paypal or credit/debit card; and
Further UX testing to ensure customers have a seamless user experience.