Role: UX Designer
Jason and Chris Hanley are two brothers that want to launch a trustworthy bank in a small town.
Create a website that provides peace of mind, with all the basic needs from a financial institution.
Jason and Chris see potential in a small town that would be a great location to open a new financial institution. They want their bank to cater to members from a range of different backgrounds. This would include young members that are opening their first bank account, to seniors that want a bank they can trust.
Challenge 1: Provide a financial institution that new members can trust
Challenge 2: Display the value for potential members of any age
Knowing What They Want
Creating a website that the client loves is top of mind. Through conversation it was clear that Jason and Chris were adamant about ensuring that their bank appeals to a full range of users. Before selecting users for the usability study, it was important to understand the kind of users to include.
There was a conversation that took place to get an understanding of the personas they felt were important to add in the study. Notes were taken on some of the comments that they shared.
Growth Bank founders, Jason and Chris Hanley.
"My daughter is 25 and one thing that's for sure, is that her peers simply do not think like we once did. I want to really dig into what someone her age thinks of -Chris
"I've had the same bank since I was in my 30s, and to this day I have been satisfied with every transaction I have had with them. Growth Bank needs to personify this." -Jason
I want a user that looks like me to give us the best feedback. By that, I mean a member that is in their late 50s, in business and knows what they want." -Chris
"I remember being 22 and eager to open my credit card, so that I can furnish my first apartment. I want a kid that has adulting goals as I once did to be as excited to open an account with us." - Chris
Based on Chris and Jason's preference, five users that ranged from ages 22-62 were selected to complete tasks for a monitored usability study. The purpose of conducting the study was to ensure that Growth Bank delivers to all users and fulfills their financial goals.
1: Open a checking account
2: View credit card options
2: Navigate to blog section
Name: Nadiah Sheikh
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Goal: Open a checking account with a straightforward bank.
Frustration: Having to go through several steps just to open a checking account.
Name: Caleb Bandor
Occupation: Cyber Security Expert
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Goal: Fall in love with my bank.
Frustration: I want to have multiple credit options, especially because I travel and shop often.
Name: Ronald Walt
Occupation: Business Analyst
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Goal: Have a bank that creates peace of mind and avoids the gimmicks.
Frustration: Not being able to find my bank’s contact information.
Name: Kimberly Jordan
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Goal: Get a banking loan to finance my future book.
Frustration: Being unsure about the best loan to go with.
Name: Janet Moore
Occupation: Art Teacher
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Goal: Have a bank that helps me make better financial decisions.
Frustration: Banks not caring about my needs.
Most users found opening a checking account to be an easy task
Viewing all the credit card options were rated a 1/easy among all the users.
The hardest task was finding the Blog section
Main page has a space for every visitor with quick access to opening an account, logging into an existing account, trending accomplishments and financial tips.
Checking & Savings
The checking & savings page has details on the options available. The account options appeal to parents, students and individuals that are looking for perks.
This page provides a full range of all the Growth bank credit cards available. In addition a section to confirm a pre-approval is displayed.
Growth is an advocate for helping members grow their business. On this page, you can quickly apply for a loan or see options available for financing a business. Below, there is a space for a statement that will reinforce the Growth promise.
Visitors can access details on auto finance, refinance and pre-approvals. Images with people engaging in shopping and finance decisions were also added for a personable feel.
Every blog will feature an image that meshes with the theme of the blog. Below the displayed blogs will be more stories to select from, so users can easily find their next read.
A Mobile Look
Every bank has a look and feel that exudes professionalism. It was important to incorporate colors and a font that connect with finance, and blends in with the corporate world. Inserting images of people was also important in order to allow users to feel as if they are connected to their bank.
This project was challenging, yet rewarding because I really had to tap into the minds of a multitude of users. Money is a pivotal part of maintaining a comfortable life for majority of people - therefore I knew that there had to be an appeal that resonated with the masses. Most of the projects that I have created were tailored for a specific need, as supposed to what most would consider a necessity. I found the process of finding the most optimal color schemes fun, and ultimately found a color that was equally professional and catching to the eye.