Perlego

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introduction

Perlego is a London-based start up that are known as the Spotify of textbooks. They have a large library of textbooks that can be accessed by students and other professionals for their studies and work.

This web app enables users to view textbooks online for a small monthly subscription, take notes, highlight key points and reference back to them when needed.

Nand Shah was approached by Perlego through his Behance profile, CEO, Gauthier Van Malderen fell in love with some of Nand’s designs and was hired to re-face Perlego.

Perlego | Features Screen
problem

The problem that Perlego were facing with their super-cool app is that they felt the user experience (UX) and the user interface (UI) was not quite where they wanted it to be.

My opinion is that it was functional but was not very presentable for the user. The point of having a great flow and experience is to excite the user, to make them really want to use it. How many times have you seen a cool looking interface and felt that you just really want to try it out? (I’m guilty of that). Further to this, we were working out ways to make the journey for the user.

We discovered several ways to simplify their journey when registered and actually finding the books the user requires.

Perlego had this vision of the product being very simple and minimal, there just did not need to be any clutter or unnecessary information that is being shown to the user. On that basis Nand began working out concepts that would keep things to a minimal but super smooth and enjoyable to use.

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analysis

Naturally for any business, before starting would do their research respective to the industry. I also like to do mine to get a better understanding of the industry but also how people really feel about physical books and eBooks. This is the core of innovating a business because you’d be able to work out what they like and do not like as well as it’s features and what you should implement to make it impactful to the user.

Currently, the way it’s being seen is that students have so many books, folders and notes to carry around. How do we make their studying equally effective but for less? In addition to that, students are currently paying on an average £500 for academic materials.

Demand for e-Books:

In 2016, eBook sales declined by 4% in the UK whilst the sales through shops for physical book copies increased by 7%. This was the second year in a row that sales had fallen for eBooks, why?

2013, a survey was conducted by the youth research agency, Voxburner. They found that 62% of 16-24 year olds prefer printed books over eBooks.

The reason given was:
I like to hold the product
How will Perlego be different?

Perlego do not just have eBooks, they have capabilities that are designed to drive the studying force for students

Better utilisation of resources, avoiding clutter and boosting productivity. When you’re a student, productivity is the hardest part, especially when you have to dig through your notes and skim-read and entire textbook to find a reference you once came across.

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The reason give was:
I like to hold the product
How will Perlego be different?

Perlego do not just have eBooks, they have capabilities that are designed to drive the studying force for students

Better utilisation of resources, avoiding clutter and boosting productivity. When you’re a student, productivity is the hardest part, especially when you have to dig through your notes and skim-read and entire textbook to find a reference you once came across.

Perlego Landing
wireframes

Once the full scope of the industry and project was understood, Nand proceeded by moving to evaluating the current flow and design of the web app. From this derived a new set of wireframes which were used to improve existing designs and increase the user flow performance. The process of enhancing usability, accessibility and pleasure.

My THINKING:

  • Who are the users?
  • What are their interests?
  • How can we best serve them?
  • How functional is the product?
  • How easy is it to find information?
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Perlego Landing

Design

View a few design concepts that were created for Perlego.

Showcase Concept Design 1
Showcase Concept Design 2
Showcase Concept Design 3
Showcase Concept Design 3
Showcase Concept Design 4
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