Advise is an app that lets anyone, anywhere chat with a lawyer so they can get reliable up to date legal advice whenever they need it. It would connect users in need of legal advice with lawyers and law professionals qualified to help, making it possible for members to find an expert to turn to no matter where or when they might need it. All lawyers in the Advise network would be thoroughly vetted and their qualifications verified, ensuring that their advice can be counted on to be accurate and up to date.
The goal was to create a responsive web app that would let anyone, anywhere chat with a lawyer so they can get reliable up to date legal advice whenever they need it.
Sketch, Balsamiq, Invision, Adobe XD, Photoshop
Having developed a concrete problem statement defining the problems that needed to be solved, the next think I had to do was learn more about the target audience.
I first created a user survey to gain more insight as to who it is I would be designing for, and then used that to recruit individuals who fit the target demographic (financially independent adults between 20 and 45 who have some prior experience with hiring a lawyer and/or needing to do legal research) for user interviews.
My goal was to learn more about how, why, and in what context the app would be used, as well as to learn more about interviewees’ past experience handling legal matters.
I then organised all my findings with an affinity map to look for patterns within the data, and was able to use this to create personas representative of each segment of the app’s user base.
Later on, after having finished an iteration of low and then mid-fidelity wireframes, I conducted a usability test session with 6 test participants from our target demographic.
By relying on user feedback early on in the design process, I was able to keep moving in a more user-focused direction as the app’s design progressed.
I also conducted preference tests during the design phase, to find out which versions of some screens were more popular with users. Seeing that participants consistently seemed to prefer clean/minimal designs and illustrations helped guide my design decisions for the rest of the interface.
85% of users feel that a lawyer’s online reviews are the most important factor when choosing a lawyer (more than experience or certifications)
More than 90% of users have had to seek legal advice 2 or more times in the past, and almost 40% have at least 5 times.
Traffic/DUI law, Criminal defense, and public transportation citations were the three law categories that users had the most personal experience with.
Users need document sharing to be an option while video chatting.
83% would be interested in paying per minute to ask a lawyer a quick question rather than of book a 30+ minute consultation.
It would be helpful for users to be able to reach a lawyer FAST, in the event of an emergency situation, arrests, etc.
By analysing all of the data collected during user research, I was able to identify patterns and groupings within the target audience and created a user persona to represent each group (4 total).
Creating user personas made it easier to identify with the users that I was going to be designing for so that I could make sure that I am designing objectively, avoiding generalizations, and keeping all design decisions focused on meeting user goals.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of what users experience as they interact with the app and go about accomplishing their goals, I created user journey maps for each of the user personas. These illustrate the motivations, frustrations, goals, and emotional ups and downs experienced by users as they complete each task, which also helps to identify potential pain points.
After creating the user personas and their journey maps, I then went about creating user flows mapping out each step from entry point to the completion of each goal, to determine exactly which screens would need to be created to achieve the best possible user experience and let users interact with the app more efficiently
Two examples of user flows from this project can be seen below:
Perform a search for immigration lawyers in Berlin, and sort the results by highest rating.
Entry Point: Launch/Introduction Screen
Success Criteria: User has searched for lawyers meeting the specific criteria and sorted by rating.
Initiate a video chat consultation session with a lawyer from your saved favourites list.
Entry Point: Launch/ Introduction Screen
Success Criteria: Use has initiated a video chat conversation with a lawyer from their Favourites list.
I started the next phase of the design process by creating a set of wireframes for each user flow, starting from low fidelity and working my way up to high fidelity. I relied on feedback from users, peers, and my mentor to make needed adjustments along the way so that the user experience could be improved with each iteration of the design.
Below are a couple of examples of the iterations different screens went through, as well as some design improvements made along the way.
Note – I am still working on this so not every feature is functional yet, but the onboarding , appointment booking process, and search feature screens are ready for you to try out.
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