I lead the ideation and UX process of the Cabal sneaker app project.
As a personal problem, I tend to struggle to find specific sneakers. Especially the colour, black
is one of the most popular colour for sneakers according to a recent study, the majority of
customers look for black sneakers. Second comes white and then navy.
As a sneaker fan myself, I mostly purchase black ones from different brands and it is frustrating
that online stores either have none in stock, hard to find certain ones and having to filter out
other colour sneakers besides black. There must be a way to explore black
sneakers at your fingertips. Therefore, I am determined to find out.
Increase conversion to the search feature to help customers explore sneakers.
Make life easier for customers to explore black sneakers at their fingertips.
Focus on the user experience that explains what the product is and the end to end buying
Create an exclusive platform that showcases new sneakers from brands.
Design the user interface for a simplicity and intuitive experience.
Although this is a personal experience of mine, I will conduct UX research to understand what people
think about the idea of having a niche and specific colour sneaker product and gain further
insights. Finding more problems users have when using ecommerce apps and pinpoint the delighters.
If we… Allow customers to search for black sneakers from
different brands quickly and easily… Then… We increase customer experience…
So that… It will increase conversion to the checkout
process and have returning customers.
User interviews help understand what the user thinks and feels and to empathise with the
users. Identifying the pain points and map out the requirements for the features.
Gathering the findings from user interviews will build a foundation to categorise the priority
of the problems to help me solve the problems.
Testing prototypes to validate assumptions from research. As well as
getting the MVP out there and get feedback to iterate further.
Fictional characters produced based on the research to represent different user types that
might use the product in a similar way.
Looking into how other competitors do it and and how I can do it better. Also to find the
current problems users have and empathise with them.
Structuring the information architecture to guide customers through the end to end buying
process. Understanding the user needs to prioritise information the they will see first.
Frustrating when I am trying to buy online or on an
Using apps and online stores to purchase sneakers can be intuitive. Not easy to use so I give up
and ask my son for help.
Better search functionality
Would prefer a way to search for specific colour sneakers. Like black ones. I often spend too
much time searching for black colour.
Make popular, retro and exclusive sneakers available
A lot of popular and exclusive branded sneakers are never available to buy, either sold out or
out of stock.
Black sneakers are prefered
From the user research, the majority of customers have said black sneakers are their preferred
choice when purchasing. And would like a better experience to help them search for black
Finding out the problems customers have is indeed vital to the UX process. It helps not only from my
personal experience, but getting the assumptions validated has given myself confidence that these
problems customers encounter are waiting to be solved.
THE DEFINED GOAL
This is an app to help customers explore, research and buy black sneakers from every brand you could
imagine. In one place. The first and only platform to sell one colour sneakers and is exclusive. New
launches and arrivals from top brands will showcase at Cabal store before anywhere else. Keeping a
few steps ahead of the trend. Making life easier for you to explore the world of black sneakers at
your fingertips. Nothing else. Is there a darker side of you?
A design system for future proof
By producing a design system will not only to help me but will be helpful in the future. Keeping
the interface consistent is absolute key to designs and for teams to work together to build the
ultimate product with speed and preciseness. Design systems are not only important to product
teams and UX teams, this also brings the development teams closer to work to the defined
business goals. Development teams are able to understand the logic and components to build with
understanding the product in the long run.
Through the user research labs, customers, have said that as long as the onboarding process is fast
it will be delightful.
To generate interests and capturing curiosity, users will encounter the immediate dark theme of
the splash screen. Because the design of the product is different from other competitors. By
putting a simple onboarding process with a few steps will create that fast intuitive experience for
Welcome to the dark side
‘A cabal is a group of people united in some close design together, usually to promote their private
views or interests in an ideology, state, or other community, often by intrigue, usually unbeknown
to persons outside their group. The use of this term usually carries strong connotations of shadowy
corners, back rooms and insidious influence. The term is frequently used in conspiracy theories.’
One of the comments that were highlighted frequently during the user research lab session was that
customers like to see inspiration which will give them ideas as well as exclusive products that are
available to buy.
Therefore, the discover screen recommends users the latest trends from each brand. Helping them to
discover top sellers, exclusive sneakers and the ‘must haves’ according to the community.
Displaying clear CTAs and information in a way for customers to scan at a glance was raised during
the user interview. Understanding their needs, I went away generating solutions to solve the
Searching for sneakers have never been easy. With progressive search, users are able to find any
black sneakers with the help of suggested search and keywords. The layout of the information are
displayed on the screen for easy scanning with limited content and emphasising more on the imagery
to encourage users to tap through to conversion.
Simple filtering avoids distractions and frustrations. The information architect is in the order
according to the user interviews conducted, where customers stated what was important to them when
refining their search.
Customers have said generally too much information on product screens leads to difficulties to scan
for the information they desire.
Showing relevant information about the product in a hierarchy order is key to conversion. The
challenge to create the dark theme would mean I have to heavily focus on the layout, imagery and
copy to make it work throughout the product.
PAYMENT AND SAVED ITEMS
Purchasing sneakers have been made easier with relevant information presented to the user on the
same screen to fill in part of the form before going onto one more screen for payment details. This
is the solution to the feedback from user interviews where customers said that purchasing a product
can be painful, with numerous screens and form fields to go through.
Customers have said most e-commerce websites make it difficult, in particular when viewing the
initial thumbnail product information.
Because customers don’t want to go through the product page to finding out it’s not the right
having to go back out.
With empathy for customers, the user experience presents the relevant information about each
product without tapping to enter the next screen to see more. Gathering enough
information on the current stage, users are able to make a decision whether it’s to remove
the unwanted product or proceed further.
PROFILE AND SETTINGS
One of the delighter we have that differentiate from competitors, is that joining the community and
become a reseller whether you have
bought the wrong size sneakers and unable to return them or simply you decide to let those
collectors items go to a good home. You can also do a lot more within
profile screen such as customising the different dark themes to suit your need.
The settings area is designed to make it easier for the user to amend personal details with a few
taps and presented with a clean interface. From the user interviews, customers noted that changing
details can be difficult with too many taps to get one thing changed.
Learning from the UX research lab sessions has guided the design decisions and empathising with
the customers. learning about users' needs have given me a greater head
start to bring the product to life much quicker to test further and validate my
Looking back on the challenges, conducting usability testing sooner on each wireframe
prototype to validate each section of the user experience is important to gain feedback. The
takeaway is understanding good conceptual models has helped me to provide appropriate
information to make the product understandable and enjoyable to use. In other words, good