Project: eBay Reorder native app
Area of expertise: Product design
Mostly known for its auction-style sales, affordable prices and special deals, eBay is also a big online seller of common household products.
Research revealed that users frequently bought household products as part of a monthly routine. Inspired by this niche behavior, the eBay sales team wanted to improve the shopping experience by developing a specialized mobile app. This app was to allow customers to enable, schedule, and get reminded about a quick “refill” of needed goods.
The initial brainstorming led to three main goals:
- accurate product categorization and integration with an existing database,
- design of a reliable and intuitive dashboard,
- and a unique UI focused on products.
To achieve the first goal, a decision was made to go with the “show don't tell” approach and design a dial-like feature consisting of icons depicting the main categories.
The dashboard design focused on two variables - amount and time. For example, “buy 1 (pack of bulbs) in 10 (days, months).” In 10 days, the app would send a notice about the scheduled purchase. It also provided users with their purchase history, so that they could estimate the ideal frequency and schedule their next purchases accordingly.
To achieve a fully intuitive experience, a cell splitting-style animation was added to visualize the move from category to subcategory.
To keep in line with eBay’s style, the colour palette was limited to blue and white. A monochrome pattern was added to differentiate the CTAs from the rest of the interface.
Credits: Visible Media
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