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Plus, we’re highlighting the elegant design work of Toptal Designer Mikael Kristianslund, who partnered with Konseptdesign to improve user engagement on Huddlestock’s iOS and desktop app. Huddlestock is a fintech startup based in London that won the “Best Fintech Startup” award in the 2017 Nordic Startup Awards.
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Adobe XD CC ↔ Zeplin Integration, Now on Windows!
Now you can export Adobe XD designs on Windows to Zeplin. Exporting designs couldn’t be simpler, it works the same way as it does on macOS. If you have both Adobe XD CC and Zeplin installed on your PC, you’ll notice a new menu item in Adobe XD. And, by the way, we have a great article comparing ‘Adobe XD vs. Sketch - Which UX Tool is Right for You?’ in case you missed it…
Whimsical Wireframes – Wireframing at Your Fingertips, Instantly
Whimsical Wireframes makes wireframing faster with a rich library of configurable elements, smart customizations, and instant access to thousands of icons. It lets you design mockups for any screen size, collaborate in real time, and has built-in features to speed up your design process…
Handoff – Automated Designer Spec Documents
Figma 3.0 – Consolidate Your Tool Stack
Figma 3.0 includes a number of new features that let companies and design teams consolidate their tool stack, including prototyping, Styles (with a Team Library functionality), and an “Organization” tier that helps large organizations scale their design management…
Digital Design Tools – Find Helpful Design Tools
Digital Design Tools is a curated directory of helpful design tools that can improve your workflow. New tools are being added all the time…
FlowMapp – A Better UX Planning Tool for Visual Sitemaps
FlowMapp is a UX planning tool that makes it simple to create better visual sitemaps for your designs. Use it to easily collect, organize, and store requirements for web development…
Mikael is a senior designer at Konseptdesign and has 8+ years of experience as a freelancer. He has worked with brands such as Red Bull, Samsung, Caterpillar, and Mitsubishi. He specializes in UI design but is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to design. He has a background in business and design, allowing him to create simple, clean, and user-friendly products.
Please tell us about a project in your portfolio.
Huddlestock—a fintech startup based in London—wanted my help to design an iOS app from scratch, as well as improve their desktop app. Huddlestock is a “crowd investing” platform where investors can come together and invest in large funds, essentially democratizing access to financial markets.
What was your design process?
This was a very interesting project, as I worked together with the CPO as the only designer and was responsible for the entire design process from research, wireframing, and prototyping to user testing, visual design, and developer handoff.
I started off the project by interviewing existing and prospective users and creating user profiles (personas). In addition, I created a benchmark of similar apps on the market to find what worked well, looking for opportunities for improvement. We conducted an internal workshop with the team to generate ideas for the layout, content, and user flow of the app. This iterative process of wireframing, prototyping (InVision), and user testing (remote user testing at usertest.io) allowed us to develop the product in ever-evolving increments, going from low to high fidelity and the final designs.
What was the outcome? What are you most proud of?
Huddlestock won the “Best Fintech Startup” award in the 2017 Nordic Startup Awards, and we received great feedback from customers. Throughout the process, we focused on making the app as fast, frictionless, and easy to use as possible, with a clean design, something the users responded positively to.
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