App.io

Overview

From 2012 to 2015 the App.io (aka Kickfolio) website underwent many redesigns as we iterated the product. As a Co-founder, Designer (and CEO from 2014-2015), I spent many weeks crafting the message and tone of the brand.

Kickfolio

The first ever design concept displayed cute, ninja-like phones. As this website was originally aimed at developers, a tongue-in-cheek and youthful attitude carried the design. At it’s time, it resonated well with the intended target market.

Within a month, it was evident the design needed a more professional edge. With that in mind, I iterated the website to the design on the right.

Moving to the USA

Shortly thereafter, we realised we had a bigger market than anticipated. Our product had also expanded beyond portfolios and into testing, and we had also raised funding and moved to the USA. As such, a new design was created to reach an older target market.

In 2013 we pushed further into the testing market with a custom information page. This was well received, yet gained little traction being isolated from the main landing page.

Renamed to App.io

Over the next 6 months, we had various major and minor updates to the website. During that time I focused on the customers using the product, and assisted in building the strategy of Kickfolio (which was renamed to App.io during this time). This next design focused on the many different ways you could use App.io, with direct customer quotes.

Mobile Advertising

After many edits to the above design, we expanded our product into mobile advertising. In this design, I focused on simplifying the message, and demonstrated how powerful our advertisements were with well presented data.

The CEO Role

Advertising was really striking a tone with investors and customers alike. As such, we made a controversial move to push completely across to the marketing and advertising side, and temporarily closed down our testing platform. It was at the time I moved into the CEO role.

Advertising and Testing

Due to popular demand, we reopened our testing platform to paying customers. It was at this point we needed a design that reflected both our advertising and testing markets, without going into too much detail for both. While this design worked, we had always thought of it as a research point until we further defined our customers exact use cases.

Feedback

For 2014 this design resonated very well with our audience and inspired many people to reach out. However, it failed to provide an interactive example (which we had been sending manually to those who asked).

The Last Design

After hiring the right candidate to step in as CEO, I took my last month at App.io to really flesh out a design that correctly identified our customers current use cases, explained in the simplest way. The result was a fresh design for App.io, with a renewed colour palette across the brand, and a flat, consistent layout.

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