Fashion is prevalent in all of our lives. We’ve perhaps mastered the day-to-day: we know what to wear to work, or on the weekend when we relax. But when it comes to those special events, whether it’s a music festival, a renaissance faire, a themed party, or a cosplay event, shopping at the mall just doesn’t cut it. Loco Moda is a community of fashion lovers, creatives, artists, and designers, where shoppers looking for the perfect piece can find one-of-a-kind wearable art.
I did inital research, developed the concept of a fashion buying and selling community, took user surveys and analyzed data, designed wireframes for the entire site, further developed key pages, and fully rendered a landing page and an item listing page.
The goal was to develop a site concept that allows customers to find one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories and work with artists to have custom pieces made. This site would allow sellers around the world to showcase their designs, work directly with clients, and reach new customers.
Initially, I tapped into my community resources with a user survey I built on Iterate. I’m immersed in several online communities that are made up of big Etsy users (Etsy is perhaps the most direct competition to Loco Moda and attracts a similar customer base), as well as clothing designers and creatives. Iterate allows for conditional questions, enabling me to get very specific with the survey, and gain valuable insights. For example, 80% of festival / special event goers who took the survey dress up specifically for the events they attend. Of these survey takers, only 2% didn’t spend any money on their special outfits, while 55% of users spent between $50 and $500 on outfit prep for a single event. On top of that, 15% spent over $500 to make sure they had the perfect outfit. This was insight from just ONE question and an example of the valuable information gleaned from this detailed survey.
The name Loco Moda means “crazy fashion.” I wanted a name that reads as classy but also evokes feelings of a celebration or festival. Loco Moda suited these needs. I did many iterations of logo designs including icons, but I decided it best to stick to a text-based logo that reads as fashion-forward and professional. I chose a color scheme I suspected would be a bit diffiult to pull off properly, but I knew the feeling I wanted the site to evoke. Cyan, royal blue, and an electric pink give Loco Moda a futuristic, celebratory feel, while the cool greys keep the site grounded, balanced, and professional.
I did user flows and a site map which gave me insight into the functionality of my site. Even though I didn’t plan to fully flesh out every page, I wanted to understand which features would be necessary and how navigating the site would work.
I created quick thumbnail sketches as my low fidelity wireframes and did a quick clickable prototype using Invision. By doing this, I further narrowed down the most important site features. Wireframing also allowed me to establish Loco Moda’s layout and navigation, setting it apart from competing sites, namely Etsy.
I then moved to high fidelity wireframes which I developed for five pages: the dashboard page, an item listing page, a shop page, an inbox page, and of course, a landing page. The first four of these pages would be featured on the landing page in the "Features" and "Seller Features" sections. I also developed the headlines and copy for the landing page at this point.
I did several versions of the landing page so I could pick and choose sections based on what was reading strongest. After user testing, I determined the top half from Layout 1 with the bottom half from Layout 4 would be the strongest combination of layouts, and I decided to add an additional feature section in between with icons similar to the "Seller Feature" section in Layout 1.
I decided to do a simplified form of the featured pages so users could better absorb the accompanying text. After having done high fidelity wireframes, it was easy to translate the designs to full color and simplify from there.
I also fully fleshed out the item listing page so I could understand the wireframe, simplified HQ sample, and finished HQ screen side-by-side. I paired with an Etsy shop owner, Bobby Weissenberg, who graciously allowed me to feature his flower crowns and shop information in my sample item listing page. I developed additional copy, the shop policies for example, to finish the page.
I created the HQ Landing page and made adjustments as I went. For example, the dark bars behind the section headers were adding uneccessary division and discord. I changed some of my symbol usage and gave elements within each section more room to breathe. I also changed my CTA buttons to pill-shaped to better differentiate from the rectangular forms in each section. I further adjusted the spacing of the elements throughout the page to let everything breathe, especially since there was a significant amount of copy to be absorbed.
And with a few more minor tweaks here and there, I completed the Loco Moda Landing Page design.
I did an in-depth user study which immediately gave me a lot of information to work with. While the simplified screenshots are less intimidating, I am having second thoughts. There could have been a better way to show screenshots of the site while not overpowering the list of features. If I were to revisit this project, that would be one of the first things I would reconsider.
Overall, this project was a great learning experience regarding the benefits of in-depth user research to drive extensive refinement. I believe having so many options for the landing page sections was a good move. I was able to ask the opinions of potential users and narrow down the most solid designs. Going forward, I will take the same editing eye and continue to refine my designs based on detailed user research and reap the benefits of creating multiple iterations for user testing.