Social sector professionals face unique challenges.
They are busy, face tough resource constraints and are often faced with a non-collaborative culture.
My client developed a beta product (below) to help match professionals with people and tools they need. However, users were not connecting on the platform, and the product offered multiple features, which made it hard for users to understand the purpose of the product.
Working directly with the Executive Director, I was tasked with designing a simple, focused experience that would foster connection.
I planned and executed on end-to-end research.
- 8 social sector professionals
- Breadth of potential users by field, networking behavior, and familiarity with product
- What's the context? Users' day-to-day?
- How do collaborations happen?
- How do you network? Find resources?
- How do you connect online
- What creates trust and intimacy?
- How do professional connections happen online and offline?
- How do online dating sites foster trust and intimacy?
- How do master networkers and connectors do it?
- How much information is presented/needed to make a call?
LEARNINGS: NEEDS & INSIGHTS
Resource & Time Constraints
Culture of Competition
Dispersion of Resources
"Lean Backers" Need Guidance
Mutually Beneficial Exchange
Ideation & Prototyping
I ideated and prototyped iteratively, moving from low to high-fidelity.
From paper to Sketch to clickable prototypes. Prototypes iterated with feedback from Executive Director and users. See user testing details below.
- 9 particpants
- Wireframes iterated in 2-5 day sprints between user testsHow do professional connections happen online and offline?
- 45-60 min, Skype or in-person
- Clickable prototypes
- Semi-structured script
- Content/wording issues
- Visual feedback
- Flow & interaction issues
- Findings discussed with ED
Your "super-connected friend" for resources and tools
Visuals strike a balance between friendly and professional, encouraging connection and support, a welcome change from the dry and hyper-professional feel of existing platforms.
Sign-up and matchmaking flows are minimized to the least but most impactful information so that busy users get the most value for their time.
Matchmaking experience focuses on highlighting areas in which matches are mutually beneficial, increasing likelihood of connections.
"I like how simple it is. It's a million times better than DevEx, and ten times better than LinkedIn."
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