CDK Website Platform
While working for CDK Global, I enjoyed the process of designing large-scale projects from concept to delivery. During my time there I strengthened and enhanced my skills by working on challenging, consumer-facing and internal projects. My team building skills increased as I mentored and onboarded junior designers while continuing to design compelling mockups that would captivate our clients and ensure quality service.
What I Did
- UI Design
- UX Design
- Running usability tests
- Usability note taking
Style, Pattern, Level and Content Combo Exploration
What we were building was wildly complex; a product for a client with average internet knowledge to build a responsive, clean looking website. A website building system that is content agnostic, almost endlessly configurable, looks good on a 30" monitor down to the iPhone 4 and everything in between as well as switch between a growing number of themes at the click of a button.
I came up with the design, style tile, mini mocks, specs, and 5 color palette options. I updated the design based on manager feedback and needs for differentiation. I also paired closely with multiple developers on a tight deadline to fix design problems and code bugs in order to see the theme become a reality before NADA.
A theme I made specifically for a Nissan presentation. This theme was integral in selling Nissan on our platform and gaining thier business. It shows how we used the idea of "cards" and "levels" to create rules and a design system to create websites that look good, even if there are unknown factors in the content; how many cards, images, buttons, or how long the titles, or copy are.
There was a requirement from the client that we couldn't show the product until a zip code had been entered. I worried that a user wanting to see inventory and either getting a popup, or blank page with just a zip code form was not expected behavior. I knew I had seen Facebook and other websites and apps showing a "wireframe" or placeholder of the content while it loaded. Later, I learned that Luke W. calls them "Skeleton Screens". The client loved this proposal and ultimately we went with it.