SKYPE APP REDESIGN

A straightforward, minimalistic redesign of the Skype app made for business professionals and friends/family members at a long-distance.

 

 
 

 

Introduction


 
 

Role: Lead UI designer, focused on improving interaction of making an individual video call
Teammates: Jennifer Vuong and Coleman Rogers
Class: Interface Design I, Winter 2017
Duration: 3 weeks

 

 

 

The purpose of this project is to redesign the Skype app and improve the user interface for the following common use cases:
1.   Making an individual video call    
2.   Making a test call
3.   Making a group video call

 

 
 

Research & Insights


A user test of the original Skype app using the think aloud method helped us identify the following pain points of the app:

1. Main issue of making an individual video call was user's difficulty in navigating through the contacts
2.  Unintuitive with a few missing functions
• No separate page for groups, making it more difficult to make group video calls
3. Unorganized/busy layout of the overall app and lacking in UI design

 

 

skype original screens2.png


Design Goals


1. Design a straightforward, simplified intuitive app that solely focuses on allowing users to communicate effectively through the app
2. Improve UI design while staying consistent with the Skype brand

 

 



Process



WIREFRAMES

I created wireframes and a template for my group
members to create visual consistency

 


Final Design



BEFORE

 

AFTER

 



WEB EXPLORATION

 

 

 


VISUAL IDENTITY
 


 

 

FINAL VIDEO

00:00-00:06 Basic intro of the app
 00:06-00:31: Making a test call
00:31-00:48: Making an individual video call
00:48-01:30: Making a group call


 

 

 

 

MAIN IMPROVEMENTS