The modern online entrepreneur needs an email client that is fast, efficient and a little less formal. Busy people would rather text than email and the user needs features that automate her emails to help her spend less time on email.
In the past 6 years more and more teams are moving away from email and towards team communications platforms like slack and discord. Many freelancers are also making the move, but it’s hard to constantly invite new people to a slack channel for a limited engagement.
Problem Severity & Risks: Users will keep using tools that were never meant for freelancers and online entrepreneurs. They will waste precious hours in the day sending clunky, formal email because they feel they have to.
We expect online entrepreneurs will start adopting the tool and that it will reclaim hours of their days, weeks and years. A successful metric would be increased productivity for users.
I relied on the cyclical UX design process to guide my efforts on producing this app:
Research included working with user personas, user interviews, and drawing inspiration from existing solutions.
The target user persona is a photographer who is attempting to reduce time spent on email.
I conducted four user interviews to collect information on how people currently use email today, what their goals are, and what pain points they experience.
I pulled together various renditions of email inboxes, and considered different rich text editor environments.
Sketches allowed me to quickly work out ideas around chat-style messaging. As I got into the wireframing I played more with the idea of mixing Kanban boards into the UX, and how a user might use them to classify messages.
These demos show how a user would send a canned email message, and how they might reassign the status of a message on the Kanban board.
In this flow the user navigates to a new message. The sender is asking about photography packages. Rather than having to write out a response the user is able to pull up a message template, review it for edits, and respond.
In this flow the user navigates to their inbox. The user wants to re-classify a message, that was previously viewed, as new so they can return to it later. The user engages the Triage mode, drags the message card over to the "New" column, and now sees the inbox reflect this change.
If I were to continue this project I would need to answer some of the following questions with user testing: