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UX design, few things are more intricate than time and personal time management — only a good arsenal of mobile design patterns and information architecture principles can save you. This is the story of redesigning the UX for a popular calendar tool on Android: Business Calendar. We’ll cover designing systems, interaction design problems, scaling across screens and platforms, research, and big business decisions and their outcomes.

Business Calendar started out as a side project, a one-man show, and is now run by a team of eight in Berlin. The app was very successful right from the time Android entered the mainstream market, and it now has an active user base of 2 million. But instead of modernizing the design and usability regularly, the developers focused on implementing user requests and customization options. Outdated design and new features stuffed in had made the app heavy and complex — full of features, hard to maintain for the team, hardly accessible for new users.

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Knowing they needed a redesign but having few resources themselves, the team approached Opoloo to get design and interaction on the same level as the development. For the task, we delineated goals to attract new users and keep the existing user base satisfied:

  • Improve user experience
    Strip down and reorganize the user interface to revive the simple, fast, efficient work process of a productivity tool.
  • Improve accessibility
    Keep old users happy, lower the barriers for new ones.
  • Incorporate task management
    Integrate tools that users need every day to create more value.
  • Apply modern design standards
    Address the main criticism: “Could be prettier.”
  • Extensive tablet support
    Improve the tablet experience as a first step

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