After trying many different email apps I wasn’t happy with the majority of them so I wanted to design my own. While I was using them I noticed several issues, some of the issues could be overlooked, but others ruined the whole experience. One main issue that I noticed was that some apps had a poor design which made them look outdated compared to other apps using newer design trends. Another issue that I found was that some of them had a lot of extra features which made their app have a bad user experience which would cause users to get confused or frustrated. In order to fix these issues, I wanted to create a simple email app that has all of the basic features that any user would need while maintaining a good design. I created this personal project during my first year of college and it took around one to two weeks to complete. As of right now this design is only a concept, but maybe in the future it might become more than just a design.
During the process of looking for a new email app I came across some issues. The first issue that I noticed was that some apps still used heavy gradients and shadows in their design which made their app look outdated compared to other popular apps that had a simple and flat design. The second issue that I found was that some apps had a lot of extra features which can be a big issue because if some of those extra features get in the way then, the user may get frustrated which would ruin the whole experience. After understanding the issues that I had to solve, I came up with two goals. The first was to include the basic email features that any user would need, and the second was to give the user more of a personal connection while they use the app. After creating those goals, I started brainstorming and one of the ideas that I came up with was to improve the inbox screen by making it more personal. I decided to have large contact images so that the user understood who they got the email from rather than just a name and a subject line. This gives them more of a personal connection since they can see a picture of who sent them the email.
After creating some goals for this project, I finally came up with a concept of how I wanted the email app to look. The overall goal was to create a simple app that had all of the basic email features that any user would need. When you open the app for the first time, I wanted to have a great experience right from the beginning and that’s why I created a beautiful login screen. The next step was to create a walkthrough screen that would show a tutorial of how to use the app. After that was done, I wanted to focus on the inbox. I decided to make the contact information of who sent the email stand out more, and I did this by having large contact images, and bold contact names. I also changed the colour of the email messages to a light gray so that the contact information stands out even more. After the inbox was done, I decided to focus on the main email screen. I wanted to have a simple design so that while the user is reading, they wouldn’t get distracted. If the user wanted to do something such as delete a message or add an attachment, then there would be an icon for that specific action.