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Rethinking the schedule

Redesigning one of the most important features in Guidebook

Pete Lada
Pete Lada
Oct 7, 2018 · 3 min read

Background

The schedule within the Guidebook app has always been one of our most important features. In fact, end users access the schedule module nearly 3x that of any other — it is clearly an integral part of the experience of navigating a guide. With that in mind, and our consistent drive to iterate on and enhance our product, we decided it was time to start re-thinking the schedule.

Goals

We established a number of goals when setting out, not all of which we’ll detail here. The main areas we wanted to address:

  • Unify the week schedule view with the (outdated) month calendar view
  • Adjust the UI based on the state of the guide
  • Enhance the track filtering user experience

Improving the day picker

The day picker is the section at the top of the schedule where you select which day you would like to view sessions for. Previously, there existed only a single type of picker: the scrollable week picker. This worked OK, but wasn’t ideal for guides which were very short (1–4 days) or guides which lasted longer than 2 weeks. The information in these two scenarios was simply not displayed optimally.

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The new short day picker
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The new long week/month picker

Improving the filter user experience

Filtering sessions is another integral part to navigating the schedule view. Often guides will have hundreds of sessions, so being able to break these sessions down by a given track or tag is extremely important. Our new UI provides a slick, bold way to access these tracks, and is clear on which track is currently selected. We also now badge the track icon with the selected amount of tracks.

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The redesigned track filter

Guidebook Design

A look into our design process

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