Admitted.ly provides test prep and advice to university-bound high school students. Early on, Admitted.ly had high engagement, but also frequently received feedback that the site and app were difficult to understand and navigate. Without internal product management and user experience resources, CEO Jess Davidoff came to SWARM for a full product redesign and reengineering.
The deadline was pressing. A full redesign with implementation had to be completed in under two months so students had time to begin their ACT test prep.
In order to make sure we delivered the app in time so students could ace their ACTs, we created an ambitious project pan. It was successful because we prioritized the plan so that all the most valuable items were completed first. This allowed us to make sure those were knocked out of the park before we looked at the little things.
When working with the code that we received from the clients we noticed discrepancies in the way that it was written, elements would follow vastly different patterns, and there were discrepancies between test and production servers. An unwelcome bump in the road that caused severe issues for us.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Always try to create as close to a concrete list of elements as possible. Creating styles without a clear list of elements can allow for things to go overlooked. This can cause headaches when you’re so close to getting your styles just right and you have to start altering multiple input and button styles, just to fit that newly added module into the visual language that you’ve been crafting.