Smart Calendar App UX

One of the reasons why we have started to work on the smart calendar application is the absence of “real” calendar app, which can do more than keeping your everyday tasks and notify about them. Apps like Google Calendar or Apple Calendar and other are just copying each other with pretty basic functionality, without integration features which would be ideal for our time. For example, understanding the location of the user, suggesting events based on that data, be a kind of personal assistant for the user, etc. Why people need a calendar app if it is not very different from a paper calendar?

Variants of navigation

We started to work on the design, functionality and began to create an architecture for the application. One of the first steps was to understand what we have on the market right now. There were analyzed more than 10 applications that relate to calendars or to-do lists. Also, we examined approximately 20 apps from various fields, to get the understanding of users behavior, to what at the moment they are more predisposed and other technical things.

After this preparation, we had enough information and details and were ready for design. After we finalized an architecture, we started to create wireframes and play around navigation. In my opinion navigation of the app is the most important part of it. It doesn’t matter how beautiful app is or how well it can manage things, without great navigation the app will fail. In the final version of the navigation we have 9 activities, where 7 of them are main, and 2 are additional.

Bottom navigation which include 5 different activities

In the previous versions of the navigation design, we have had a lot of troubles with positioning views. A few times we had to get back to the architecture design and rethink our ideas about screen stages. Currently, on the bottom navigation, we have 5 most important views that can be easily reached. 4 other views located at the top of the screen.

Top navigation contains two views on the left and two views on the right. Between them is current month and year.(You will see year only after you will move at least one year back or forward)

On top, we decided to put only views which users do not need every day. For example search, view changer and the current date. After some research, all of those views people were used fewer times than those that we placed on bottom navigation. One of the cons of this navigation can be the amount of the navigation views, but tests showed to us that people are not confused.

Here I can write a separate article about how we conducted studies about how people use calendars app. We found a lot of interesting details of what people really use and what they don’t understand in calendar apps. For example, more than 60% of users said that they don’t want to fill same tasks each time. They wanted the app to remember it and write in because it is already inside the memory of application.
To be continued...