Designing a flexible, skinnable banking app for small financial institutions
During the spring of 2014 I was asked to design the official SoftBank app for Windows Phone.
My primary responsibility for this project was to design a universal, customizable mobile banking app that local financial institutions could offer their customers.
I began by analyzing the information architecture of SoftBank on iOS and Android, as well as conducting competitive analysis on several other banking apps available.
From there, I identified a number of ways in which the Windows Phone version of the app could be simplified, shifting focus onto streamlined task-driven user flows:
View Account Balance
View Account History
Transfer money between accounts
Deposit checks instantly
Send money to people
Find branch & ATM locations
Wireframing & prototyping
In the Windows Design Studio, one of my primary roles was to provide controls guidance as well as prototyping. In this case, I used Balsamiq to mock up wireframes and determine what controls and design patterns would be the most appropriate for the app.
After basic wireframing and mockups, I was able to quickly prototype the app in its native design language (XAML), seamlessly moving from prototype to production level code in a single Visual Studio Solution using version control.
The final product