Drizzle + Shine is Seattle based brick & mortar eco-boutique for men and women’s apparel and accessories. They pride themselves on selling vegan items that are ethically sourced and use sustainable fabrication practices. Their customer currently must sift through several pages of merchandise to see if they sell specific items. The online boutique appears to be for women only, but upon looking through pages of merchandise it is clear that they also sell both men’s and unisex apparel.
Drizzle + Shine has organization and navigation challenges on their boutique website. Their global navigation system is vague and groups many items together that could be better categorized and easier to find.
I believe that by reorganizing the global navigation, sales would increase and the bounce rate would go down.
I began the project by setting up a screener looking for people who regularly shop online and who consider themselves to be ‘sustainable shoppers’. People who value sustainability and seek out these brands/resources.
I located 3 people who fit this profile out of 10 screeners.
The overall takeaway is the Emily likes to thoroughly research before she shops. She finds a lot of this information through social media. She likes shopping to be quick and painless.
The task: To locate and purchase a skirt.
I assigned a simple task and tested this task on 3 competitor’s sites.
Two sites had this task completed in 10 steps. Drizzle and Shine showed up in a third-place with 17 steps. The three identified pain points in their process were:
Check Out Process
Categorize Apparel by Gender and Item
I identified that the following headers all worked except for shoes, which were changed to footwear. The outlier was slippers. It was not clear for all participants if slippers would be included in shoes or not.
The dendrogram below suggests categories that can be grouped together.
Findings: Sustainability was placed on the footer of the competitor’s sites. They did not draw attention to this as an important part of their brand.
To fix this, the front page had shoppable “photo stories” with clickable headlines calling out things like, “Unisex Vegan Shoes.” This expresses some of the sustainable aspects of the brand.
I chose the colors blue and yellow to represent rain and sun. The yellow button is for call to action and cart items. This is a bright color that highlights and prompts action. The blue is grounding as used as the footer and other highlights.
I redesigned the homepage using an Instagram feel with large dreamy photos and catchy category headlines that highlighted the sustainable brand highlights and that the store had men’s categories. I utilized the negative white space on the old home page and added a pop up to go over the new store hours due to the Seattle fires.
For the apparel category, I chose to use a slab drop down menu. Because there were not enough items in each category to fill a page, I choose to group all women’s tops on one page using carousels to scroll back and forth. The dropdown menu had grayed out categories that were not clickable stating what was in each category. The users wanted to click on these, so the navigation needs more time put into it to redesign.