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Better Choice

Helping you make the Better Choice about your child’s education.

Overview

Better Choice is a conceptual application that provides parents a place to search for schools in their area. This project was part of a three week design challenge which began with interviews with parents conducted by Our Kids, a guide site for providing information about private schools, camps, and activities in Canada.

The Goal

Creating a Minimum Viable Product with efficient design

Our goal was to provide a space for users to navigate naturally and efficiently in order to achieve their goal of finding the best school for their child to attend. Users want information, not a maze of visuals. If the application was too complicated to navigate, or filled with unnecessary features, they would not continue using the product.

Why?

The process of searching for a school for young children can be difficult. And a lack of a centralized location for searching for schools is making the process that way. Adequate schooling is a vital part of a child’s upbringing, so having all information possible available will alleviate some of the stress of finding the right fit.

Team of One

As the singular researcher and designer on this project, I analyzed all available data, conducted usability tests, and created visuals using Figma.

Research

The End User

Our target audience are parents and guardians of children that are just starting their schooling process, or are transitioning from one level of education to the next. Once enrolled in a school, users are less likely to want to begin their search all over again, making the ability to find the right one the first time a desirable prospect.

Finding the right market

Discovering users’ needs and comparing their opportunities

By analyzing 6 interviews with parents of young children conducted by Our Kids, our research tells us that parents rely heavily on gut instinct when making the final decision about a school. However, certain factors help narrow down that choice. According to users, the most common quantifiable factors that determine whether or not a school will be under consideration are:

  • Class Size

  • Distance from home

  • Budget

In order to better understand where there are missed opportunities, a competitive analysis was completed on 3 websites featuring similar products.

Schooldigger

Pros

  • Comprehensive data sets with visuals
     

Cons

  • Difficult navigation

  • Intrusive advertisements

  • Lack of information about private schools

Our Kids

Pros

  • Excellent comparison tool
     

Cons

  • Limited geographic area

  • Single language option

  • Lack of information about public schools

Greatschools

Pros

  • Two language options

  • Learning materials available for download
     

Cons

  • No cost of tuition data

  • Distracting banner advertisements

Solutions

Creating the product

Finding the solution to our users’ obstacles

Our product combines different types of data, both quantitative and qualitative to create a platform which users can navigate freely. Through user testing we found that a simple design with a similar structure and flow to online retail products with robust filter options, users will not feel lost within the app. We want the information to be right where they expect it so that they can feel confident that they have made the right choice.

Early ideation

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Results

A product with a simple style

Our product fits a very specific and important purpose. To house information in a way that can be consumed and understood by those who need it the most. Therefore, having a simple aesthetic is beneficial to keep our users on task and from becoming overwhelmed.

Color

The primary color theme is blue to evoke calmness and trustworthiness

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Text

To keep text legible and and consistent, all text within the iOS app will use SF Pro. Using the Major Second type scale, only 12, 14, 15, 18, and 25px type size will be used.

Logo

The logo was created by using the initials of Better Choice using the typeface Georgia and manipulating them into a shape reminiscent of an owl, which is commonly associated with education. This shape sits within a bookmark icon, which implies educational content as well as a place to save information within the digital space.

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Final

The final result

Where to go next

The product that has been created leaves room for future expansion following additional user feedback. Each user will have different priorities for potential school choices, which means that the product and it’s features will have to evolve over time. Perhaps more interactive features directly between users and schools will find a place within the app’s ecosystem. Due to the need to provide large amounts of data, optimizing the search functionality and default results will be a top priority moving forward with development.

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