The current retail shopping experience is inefficient, disorganized, and time-consuming. Therefore, Mercurí aims to provide a seamless experience for shoppers wanting more of a personal experience and also the employees & businesses wanting to minimize unnecessary workloads and maximize profit & productivity.
This 6 week project was undertaken by myself and a group of three other designers. Our team's main objective was to figure out a way to challenge the existing retail shopping experience through the implementation of a smart device, along with an inventory management system that would provide greater efficiency, productivity, and the opportunity to earn more profit where needed. A strong emphasis was placed on the idea of allowing our product to be transparent on both ends of the shopping spectrum.
Brainstorm & Sketches
Based on the user analysis, my team and I knew that we wanted our smart device to be extremely simple with only a few key functions. This was to ensure that shoppers using this device would not be left confused on how it works, or let it hinder their overall shopping experience. Therefore, we made sure to conduct an extensive amount of research and design iterations so that Mercurí would be able to provide the best personalized shopping experience for any individual.
Designing the Smart Device
Based on the user analysis, we wanted to allow our smart device to be extremely simple with only a few key functions. This was to ensure that shoppers using this device would not be left confused on how to work it, or let it hinder their overall shopping experience. We made sure to conduct an extensive amount of research and design iterations so that Mercurí would be able to provide a more personalized shopping experience for any individual.
Organizing the Content
The next step in this project was to devise an effective user flow so that our target audience would be able to experience a simple, productive, and efficient inventory management system.
The user interface of our application has gone through various design stages to ensure that the overall navigation and user experience of the app is fluid and simple. This application has been designed to display off an Android smartphone. Therefore, we made sure to follow the guidelines of Material Design to ensure that the visual language synthesizes classic principles of good design.
Inventory Management System
After weeks of design iterations, my team and I were able to come up with an inventory system that would ultimately utilize algorithms so that the task of managing inventory becomes smart in the sense that there is a constant threshold of inventory coming in, being monitored, and being sold.