Unpacking an App Exercise 1: WESTERN

Information Architecture

Tools/modules in order (this is the default order, prior to being reorganised):

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What is included in the app? List the tools/modules in order How do you think they are clustered/organized? – Can you suggest categories for the modules?

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How are they clustered/organised and can you suggest categories for the modules?

The default layout for the app has the most time critical tools at the top of the first page, followed by other tools that students would regularly reach for. The second page has additional features that a student would not necessarily use. The app lacks categorisation and could be beneficial. It was discussed that some potential categories could include ‘Learn’, ‘Travel’, ‘Assistance’, ‘Social’, Health’ and ‘Services’.

Site Flow: Western App

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Make a quick site flow (map) of the app.

User experience (UX) flow

Choose a task a typical student might want to do, and map 1 user flow through the app.

Accessing vUWS.

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Are there any tasks or activities missing from the app?

A checklist would be ideal for this app. A quick and easy checklist would help students maintain organisation and once the task is completed could be ticked off or crossed off the list.

Can you suggest anything else?

Street views would be beneficial for students who are new to the area as well as students who are unsure where to go.

User Interface

Is the app easy to use and navigate? What changes would you suggest? 

The app is very basic and therefore relatively easy to navigate, however I did experience the following issues:

  • I was unaware at first of the second page that once you slide across, could access. It wasn’t until I was fiddling with the app that I discovered that slide.
  • A student identified and showed me that we could modify and rearrange the order of the icons.

However targeting navigation the app is easy to navigate and easy to read.

Visual Design

How do you describe the visual Design?

I describe the design as simplistic, boring as the images are 2-dimensional and simply red and white.

Does it match the university’s brand image?

Yes, the colour scheme of the muted red, the university’s “W” logo is prominent and captures the University’s branding perfectly.


What improvements could be made?

The design is basic and captures the University’s branding well, however the icons within the app could be made more colourful or even more dimensional.

Visual Design Remake



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