FoodUp Mobile App
Team
Lead Product Designer (Yeoj Kwon)
2 Engineers
1 Junior UX Designer
1 Brand Designer
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Role
Shipped the mobile app (both iOS and Android)
UX strategy
User research
Prototyping
Design systems
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Timeline
10 weeks
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Product
FoodUp (iOS and Android)
Context
What is FoodUp?
FoodUp is a social platform that connects people to great restaurants and food, as voted for by locals. As a Product Designer, I was responsible for their app redesign for both iOS and Android.
Why Redesign?
FoodUp launched its app a few years ago but hasn't had any updates since. One of the main business problems was that the app had a lot of data in the back-end, but the team did not know what or how to surface them upfront. Plus, the visual design was outdated. In order to increase user engagement and returning rate, the app needed an overhaul.
FoodUp App (Previous)
Business Goal
Success Metrics
The FoodUp app has a good amount of active users, although it hasn’t updated much in a while. The goal is to further increase even more user engagement and track weekly/monthly active users who are already interested in using the product more often.
User Research
User Interview
I conducted user interviews with 12 users, from daily to infrequent users of the app. Interviewees’ age ranged from 17 to 34 years old. Here are 3 key findings:

1. Lack of discoverability
Users are unmotivated to continue using the app because there is not enough variety of content on the home page
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2. Real-time contents
Users want to browse what’s trending right now, and what type of food or restaurants people are searching for these days
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3.  Food/Menu keywords
One of the most interacted features that lacked appearance was the keywords/tags feature
Solutions
1. Surface diverse contents in different formats
When users open the app, a list of food categories was the only thing available on Home. In order to solve this pain point, the solution was to display diverse contents that were already available in the back-end. The page is divided up into sections with visual treatments like banners, lists, and cards, to show various themes like popular searches, or trending restaurants
2. Fulfilling users’ needs for real-time content
One of the user pain points was that they wanted to see real-time content. By surfacing information that is time-sensitive (like 'Today's Best Restaurants'), users will discover new content every day as soon as they open the app. This will motivate users to check back on the app, eventually increasing users' returning rate.
3. Engaging users with most interacted and wanted features
Food or menu keywords/tags are what is unique about FoodUp and differentiate from similar apps. They are also one of the most used/wanted features on the app. The old design did not have the best experience for users to fully take advantage of this feature. As a solution, I've prioritized this feature as one of the core experiences throughout the app and also de-prioritized other features that weren't as useful so that the main feature could engage more users.
4. Upleveling overall visual hierarchy and engagement
On top of UX problems, there was lack of visual engagement throughout the app. The redesign up-leveled the visual hierarchy by making elements use more neg space and providing accessible design by increasing the contrast.
5. Taking a dead end as an opportunity to engage more users
The user flow, where users first interact with the 'Search' page, takes them to a dead end – it just shows that they don't have any recent searches. I took this as an opportunity to engage more users by providing popular food searches or top store searches. The pre-populated searches will encourage users to explore more in case users don't know what to search for. 
Result
Impact
The redesign shipped in both iOS and Android, resulting in increasing about 3x user engagement. Returning frequency increased from 2-3 times a month to 6-7 times a month on average.
Potential Improvements
If the team had more resources, I would conduct A/B tests with different design options to determine what in particular works well and what doesn’t by testing the overall user experience and visual design.​​​​​​​

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