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Re-designing Amigo

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When I was 5, my mom gave me my first diary and was taught to write in it every night before going to sleep. To this day, I haven't stopped handwriting my personal thoughts, stories, and self-reflections in my journal. 

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Re-designing Amigo

Fiona Yeung

Amigo is a travel app that helps users plan their trips anywhere in the world. It is targeted for money-savers which is why Amigo puts an emphasis on helping users plan their trip accordingly to their budget

Jennifer, Yasmeen and I felt the need to re-design Amigo because of several flaws that weren't thought out thoroughly when we designed it for a school project 7 months ago. We had some really helpful feedback from several designers that helped provide a better insight on how to improve the Amigo app. In just these seven months, it's incredible to see how much I've learned about user interface design, user experience, and the critical steps of detailed research and planning before starting to design anything. This time around, we really focused on researching what the target users would want out of this app, as well as creating a clear and seamless user flow.

You can view the old designs here, and the new Amigo here

Old Design 

  1. 5 sections: Eat, Sleep, Go, Budget, Clippings.
  2. No login meaning information cannot be saved after exiting the app. 
  3. App landing page asks 'Where you are going?', which filtered all searches automatically based on that destination. 
  4. Listings detail page was two-columned with photos being extremely small - hard to read.
  5. There was no way of searching for restaurants or activities that the user already knows about. We only included a filtering option with no search bar. 
  6. Users were only able to plan for one trip/destination at a time. 
  7. We didn't have a trip overview page meaning it lacked the all-in-one factor. 
  8. No option on sharing plans or letting people contribute for group trips. 
  9. Budget list shows what the user plans on doing, but there was no way of marking what the users completed in order to keep track of what they actually spent. 

New Design

  1. 5 sections: Explore, Eat, Sleep, Go, Trips. (Budget and Clippings are now under Trips)
  2. Login information is required when you first click the budget or clippings icon. From there, users can select which trip they want to add the listing to. Users can also login directly inside the Trips page to view their account details. 
  3. App landing page is now the Explore page. This shows Amigo's curated collections of popular things to do for different destinations. This is great for people who might not have a specific trip destination yet, and are simply browsing on places to consider visiting.  
  4. Listings detail page is designed with better readability. 
  5. Adding a search bar within each section gives users full ability to look for anything they want in any destination. This helps when they already know what activity they want to add.
  6. Ability to plan for more than one trip at a time by not putting all search results under one destination (previously filtered for one location under all sections) 
  7. New trip overview page to show important travel information - flight info, arrival/departure dates, accommodations etc. 
  8. Each trip can now be exported, or shared to others for additional contributions. The option to allow this is found under the trip page settings. 
  9. Users can now indicate which activities they have completed by using a swipe gesture. The money spent on completed activities will appear under Spendings to provide an accurate overview of how much money they used, and how much money users have left in their budget. 

The new Amigo really gives a clear idea of how the app works and what the main goal is. It isn't confusing and there are no gaps in how one page links to the next. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the new redesign! This is the first time I've ever gone back to a project and completely revamped it. It was definitely an interesting process to re-consider features and layouts now that I have more experience with designing user interface designs and a better understanding of the important preliminary stages before designing.