Siska Hines

I'm a product designer and UXer currently living in sunny Arizona. Here are some of my selected UI/UX work.

For digital design work (non-UX), please visit my past work.

Calino

Today’s modern working families are in need of a better way to manage their scheduling and daily planning because their current methods of scheduling and planning are not always working out for them and have led to communication problems and conflicts.

The idea behind this app is to create a family scheduling assistant by combining people's most commonly used tools: Calendar, Lists and Notes (hence CaLiNo) into one family-friendly app by focusing on the things that matter the most, on the day that matters the most — today.

Research

I conducted interviews and surveys with 10 different people, ages 31-53, M/F, employed, married/divorced, has kids. From the interviews I found out that each family member and caregiver has their own schedules, and they change constantly, making keeping track of each other’s schedule a nightmare.

Most people use the combination of the “paper way” of writing down schedules with a pen or marker and the “techie way” of using mobile apps. Most used apps are iPhone Calendar (~87%), Google Calendar (~43%), Notes app (~30%), and Reminders app (~15%).

The multiple ways families are using to manage their schedules have resulted in miscommunication among themselves — their pain point. They all shared a common goal: They want to be able to see each other’s schedules and plans (lists) at any time in order to avoid communication problems and conflicts.

UX Strategy

From the user research and affinity mapping, a persona named Lena was crafted to visualize the ideal user journey of how someone would share their schedule with the rest of the family thus helping them reach their goals.

And based from the competitor analysis and user research, I have identified the following MVP: Integrated Dashboard and Auto-sync/Share features.

With that strategy in mind, I designed its user flows, wireframes and conducted prototype testings using both paper prototypes and Invision prototypes iteratively.

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Design

The Calino app’s visual design was inspired by bright bold colors, such as bright orange and purple, which invoke the feeling of happy sunny morning and colorful children’s art. The playful color choices combine with user-friendly UI created a family-friendly app which both adults and (older) kids alike can safely and easily use.

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Typetalk (WIP)

Typetalk is a collaborative team chat app by Nulab Inc. I'm currently working with a multidisciplinary team to improve Typetalk. Stay tune for updates! Visit typetalk.in to learn about this SaaS application or get in touch with me and I'll be more than happy to share about my role in this project with you.

 

About

Process

A decade of combined experience in design, front-end development, business/marketing and SaaS applications under my belt has turned me into a “T-shaped” designer adept in visual, data-driven design, and an advocate for solving user problems throughout the product cycle with the iterative UX design process: Research, Data Synthesizing, Design Strategy, Prototyping and Usability Testing — aligning user needs with engineering and business objectives.

Collaboration

For me, collaboration means finding beauty in uniting diverse and unique sets of skills towards a common goal. I have enjoyed collaborating both in "Remote UX" and in-person with the many amazing talents and inspirational individuals across agile, multidisciplinary teams from all over the world. But the collaborations I enjoyed the most are the ones I had with my users/customers; I can take pride in the delight of turning their problems into enjoyable "humanized" solutions.

Fun facts

I love... gardening, road trips, cupcakes, singing in the shower, my baby girl, my supportive hubby, and my Brussels Griffon pup named Louie.

In case you're wondering... Flaurensia is actually my middle name and it is Italian. No, I’m not from Italy, silly. Can you guess where I’m from? Let's start a conversation.

Inspiration

My logo contains the initials from my name "S.F.H" and is inspired from the Arizona landscape: Phoenix's grid layout, the curves of the beautiful desert mountains and valleys, and the colors of the south western culture.

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