UX DESIGN LEAD - Knowly.co

 Review of the visual proposals.

Review of the visual proposals.

As brand new start up that provides online tutoring, Knowly.co needed to design its platform, from the experience to the UI.

Knowly.co is an educational start up that provides a platform for tutoring online. Selected lecturer offer their tutoring to help students to prepare for exams or simply to increase their marks. I worked (and I'm still collaborating with them) as UX design consultant for Knowly.co, helping the team with anything that involves design decisions.

What: UX Design | Design Style guideline | Interaction Design | Graphic Lead
When: 2014-date
 Feedback to the designers, daily presented to the CEO and COO.

Feedback to the designers, daily presented to the CEO and COO.

Written documentation

My collaboration with Knowly.co started in 2014 when the team wanted to select a freelance graphic designer launching an online contest. We worked together to provide clear design guidelines starting from the wireframes provided by the two co-founders.

During the design competition, which lasted about a month, we reviewed more than 15 candidates and we provided daily feedback to each of them according to the team’s needs. After ranking them we select the winner and we worked with him in order to achieve the final expected result.  
In order to to speed up the selection process, I often acted as a bridge between a technical language of the co-founders and the visuals proposed by the designers. 

  Feedback for the design team : detailed written documentation has been supported by sketches and wireframes. 

Feedback for the design team: detailed written documentation has been supported by sketches and wireframes. 

Design Contest | Design feedback

Detailed documentations containing comments for the designers have been shared with the co-founders to get approval. During the last phase of the competition, when only two designers worked on the screens, a more visual communication took place (sketches and wireframes).

  Proposals  for 'My classes' page.  Initial redesign of the  UX of the 'Refine your search' feature  (on the right of the page)

Proposals for 'My classes' page. 
Initial redesign of the UX of the 'Refine your search' feature (on the right of the page)

Sketches, Mock Ups & Design Styleguide

Wireframes provided by the two co-founders constituted the foundation for the design guidelines for the contest and have been translated in more structured visuals.

Sketches, color palette proposals and mock ups helped to match the contest's graphic proposals with the expectation of the team. 

  Proposals   for 'My classes' page, different color palette and organization of the elements

Proposals for 'My classes' page, different color palette and organization of the elements

What I have learned

This project strengthened my communication and team working skills. 
I often had to wear the shoes of a mediator between engineers and graphic designers and I enjoyed do that. The timeline of a startup is fast and the products need to be shipped soon, but I learned that working under pressure can bring to productive momentum. Fail fast, fail often. I'm glad I'm taking part in this project. We are happy with the results achieved so far and I'm sure Knowly.co will succeed in this market, the team has the right enthusiasm and determination!