I have been responsible for leading the end-to-end design process such as conducting research, user interviews, wireframing, low and high fidelity prototypes, and usability testing.
Research & Discovery
Problem & Motivation
Investing in the stock market can be difficult for most people and getting started can be even more of a challenge. Constant fear of not being able to choose the right stock or not having enough money to invest can lead to a big loss of opportunity.
Introducing CollabTrade a mobile app that helps make investing more accessible for millennials through group trading or fractional stock transactions. This project focused on conceptualizing and developing the mobile app to identify if there is a demand/need for this in the market.
Five interviews were conducted with individuals who ranged from either having minor to major experience trading stocks on their smartphones to better. The major takeaways were:
These high-level structures highlight the critical user flows of the application and breakdown the path Daniel would have to take in order to achieve a specific task.
Low-Fidelity Design Flow
Guerrilla Usability Test
With the low-fidelity designs, I wanted to understand more about the usability of the mobile app by observing if users will have an idea on how to initiate a trade either individually or with friends. For this experiment what I was hoping to discover is to see if there are any possible impediments where it might confuse a user to be able to finish a certain task.
Based on these results and feedback from this user test, I understand the changes that will need to be done in the designs and content. This has helped me in tackling my own personal biases. Working with the low-fidelity wireframes, 66% of all the participants were able to understand the primary purpose of the app. The three major things that I have discovered are:
After finishing up the high-fidelity designs, now it was time for one of the most crucial part, which was usability testing. The 3 features I have tested is the stock search feature, purchasing fractional shares, and purchasing and selling stocks as a group. I was hoping to discover areas for improvements in usability of the fractional and group trading functionality in the CollabTrade application.
Fractional Shares Workflow
Having the capability to be able to purchase fractional shares of a stock allows the user to be able take control their financial portfolio with little cost.
Group Transactions Workflow
Start forming groups with friends, family or anyone you trust and start investing and managing a shared portfolio together.
Success Metrics & Next Steps
Next Steps: Develop for the web
Based on the majority of our target users they have mentioned that they have a preference to trade using their desktops. The reason for this is because they can obtain more information
I really enjoyed being able to work on this project, being able to make an impact in the fintech industry by creating more opportunities to better help people invest smarter is something that really excites me. If I were to expand onto this project, I would like to focus on creating an education piece or feature for the application so that it can help guide individuals who have little to no experience to invest and manage their money better.