THE Audience

Muze is for the underground music lovers who make their best finds on soundcloud, youtube, spotify and more.

THE BRIEF

Help create a better experience for music aficionados collecting their music finds and making lists across the different music platforms.

SOLUTION

  • Develop an app that allows users to keep track of their finds by collecting songs from different apps in one place. 

UX DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Sketching | Personas | Conceptual Sitemap | Wireframes | Prototyping | User Testing

TOOLS

Pen & Paper | Sketch3 | POP | InVision | Keynote

TEAM

Flyin' solo

DURATION

2 weeks

MY Deliverables

  • Wireframes

Brainstorm

Background

I first had the idea to design this app for a good friend of mine who is waaay more into music than I am (which is saying something because I do love my music). She used to be a host on a radio show where her favorite part of the job was finding and curating lists of cool new music. The only problem was it would take her forever to collect her finds from various locations and by the end the best system she could come up with was a word doc that she would reference for creating new playlists. I knew there had to be a better way. But before setting out to design anything I first called up any and all friends who I knew were doing cool things with music like DJing or curating music lists for their friends and followers. I explored with them what their greatest pain points were and what they wish existed to alleviate them. It was from these conversations that MUZE was born.

Sketches

I first sketched out ideas that I thought could potentially work to organize music content from various sources. Because the experience of discovering  music I found most often happens on mobile devices, I decided to lead with a mobile-first approach. My big concern was solving for how this app could seamlessly integrate in my users' music discovery process.

This goal lead to me leading with an app that users could add music to while actually IN the apps where they discover music. So setting aside the onboarding process for now, I knew the MUZE journey would really begin for users where they're discovering the music they love. How would it work?

I wanted the app to be able to do the following:

  1. create lists for music;
  2. link music finds on different platforms to the app, assigning the content to a list in the app using a tagging system;
  3. songs have clickable links to their original source to easily retrace the original source;
  4. a feature to sort lists;
  5. options to export lists to a spreadsheet or pdf;
  6. options to link her account to the most popular music apps on the market;
  7. and the ability to import content from outside sources within the app (inserting a copy link that imports the data).
Users would be able to click on the Share icon for a song found in other apps and select MUZE to share it with, tagging it to one or multiple lists.

Users would be able to click on the Share icon for a song found in other apps and select MUZE to share it with, tagging it to one or multiple lists.

From the homepage of the app the user can explore their lists, create new ones and add songs. 

From the homepage of the app the user can explore their lists, create new ones and add songs. 

From the lists themselves a user would be able to see all songs, export and add.

From the lists themselves a user would be able to see all songs, export and add.

From a song detail screen a user would be able to see metadata about the song and link to the original source where they found it. 

From a song detail screen a user would be able to see metadata about the song and link to the original source where they found it. 

Before going too far, I checked back in with my users and had them test my paper prototype using POP (Prototyping on Paper - tool for turning sketches into prototypes). After some awesome user feedback I made a few tweaks here and there, and then was ready to really get designing!


Design

WIREFRAMES + Designs

 
 

WIREFRAMES and Designs

Once the structure was in place and tested, designing the wireframes in Sketch was my next step. Because my goal was to keep the interface simple and intuitive, I got to have some fun with the look and feel, designing first and foremost with my audience in mind. In the end I was really satisfied with the results, which were my music loving users asking me when they could expect to see the app on the market! 

 

In the end I also decided once a user has collected a decent amount of finds, it would be easier to review, organize, export and edit their finds within a larger space. So I went ahead and also designed a desktop version.