Samsung Bespoke Kitchen Design Studio

Bringing to life a suite of customizable kitchen appliances in a premium experience. Playful, yet educational, this tool allows consumers to play before they buy while creating the kitchen of their dreams. 

Role

UX Design

Client

Samsung

Firm

Razorfish

Duration

6 weeks

Team

Designer: Samuel Stringer-Hye

Product Manager: Jayna Hancock

Data Analyst: Sarah Hulsmann

Strategist: Kelly Sheehan

Service

Service

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Service

Service

How might we create an environment that allows our customers to play, yet be educated on our Bespoke kitchen line of products?

Service

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High fidelity prototypes by Samuel Stringer-Hye

MY ROLE

 

UX Designer

 

As an Sr. Experience Designer while at Razorfish, I created wireframes, user journeys and task flow artifacts for Samsung. I participated in creative iteration and strategy collaboration with our small but nimble team of lead designer, PM, content strategist and developers.

THE CHALLENGE

 

Expand the Bespoke customization tool to include a new line of appliances.

 

With an existing refrigerator customization tool already in place, we were tasked with expanding the Bespoke experience into a kitchen suite of appliances. Using learnings from data and user research to inform our design ideas, we sought out to create the ultimate dream kitchen customization tool.

 

Our high level goals were to:

  • Empower the user to customize products and visualize through situational photography

  • Provide enough product education that enables conversion

  • Keep cohesion with the refrigerator customization tool yet improve the user experience

 

 

THE SOLUTION

 

A memorable and premium kitchen customization experience

 

Aligning with developer timing and restraints, we built a MVP customization experience that focused on an improved user experience, integrating three new appliances, new kitchen scenes and adding new colorways. 

 

​Our immediate challenges were:

  • Understanding data from the refrigerator tool to inform design iterations

  • Leveraging design patterns but improving the user experience

  • Developing a MVP product within time and with developer constraints

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Selection of wireframes

BUSINESS OBJECTIVES

 

Engagement through play

Objectives such as customization rates, add to cart and order rates were all part of our ongoing monitoring after the launch process to verify success. Along with quantitative kpi’s, product priorities were set to establish design guardrails.

DESIGN OBJECTIVES

 

Top priorities

Our design objectives guided us through everything from ux design to visual design. With clear and distinct focus, we were able to target our process with these key guardrails in place.

 

Established guardrails were:

  • Must be subtly-guided process with no more than 5-8 options per choice

  • Refrigerator is still king: Top performer and portray as most important appliance

  • Must be dynamic, have user control and be ‘fun to play with’

  • Should include relevant product details/images

  • Must be a premium experience and visually cohesive to refrigerator tool

 

INSIGHTS & USER RESEARCH

 

Informing design through data

Leveraging data pulled from the existing refrigerator tool, we looked at some previous sessions with our users. Gathering shopper perceptions about the Bespoke configurator, it was important to balance between customization and curation on-going to the newest version of the tool.

 

User insights:

  • Overall users felt the existing tool was easy to follow and visually appealing.

  • It was fun to play with and enjoyed having multiple kitchen scenes, though they found them hard to find.

  • There is a tipping point where too many choices becomes overwhelming. No more than 8 colors and 2 finish patterns.

  • Current experience lacked enough key product details to make informed choices. Think about adding zoom functionality and more product details.

  • Customization may feel excessive to some. Think about adding a curated collection for edge case users.

EXISTING SIGN UP FLOW

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User feedback from existing refrigerator tool which informed next gen experience

INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE

 

Guiding the user through a sea of options

Documenting the experience allowed our team to strategize how to create an efficient and streamlined user experience. It also allowed for understanding how our experience sat within the greater dot com flow. Creating user flows were an important part in identifying only critical elements to show during the product customization process. When collaborating with developers, the artifacts became critical in expressing intent of organization.

User flow

DISCOVERABILITY

 

How can users find our product?

Placing three different ways for our product to be discoverable, our users would have plenty of ways to find our product.

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DESIGN PROCESS

Iteration for optimum result

Collaboration was integral between myself and the lead designer. My role during the design process was to create the wireframes of which the design would build off of. They went through multiple iterations of design and continued to be tweaked within the design phase. The use of design patterns were leveraged from the existing refrigerator experience to keep cohesion between the two products.

Our strategy was to implement this product into two phases, an MVP product (see below) and post-MVP product (launch to come) which would implement a drawer pattern to better accommodate mobile usability.

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Wireframes by Katie Miller

High fidelity prototypes by Samuel Stringer-Hye

QA & TESTING

Staging our product

 

In partnership with our Samsung developers, we launched a staging site which was tested for usability and compatibility across devices. Our testing included multiple rounds of QA via Jira/Confluence tables and cross checks by the team.

CONCLUSION​

Positive performance

 

Refrigerator, range and dishwasher were all tightly aligned on which appliance was customized the most and that Navy was the most popular color to customize with. Overall we exceeded our targets, we were pleased to find out that we surpassed three of our performance indicators. 


 

Our results were:

  • Total 9k users in two months

  • Add to cart rate surpassed target

  • Order rate surpassed target

  • Continuation rate surpassed target