E-READER + EDUCATION

Readable

Making age-appropriate books accessible to below-grade readers

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Kids at below-grade reading levels often fall into a discouraging cycle of failing to read as well as their peers, resulting in teasing or bullying, which creates an aversion to reading that can impact their success in school and their chances of graduating from high school.

The Readable app was submitted to Startup Weekend Seattle, winning 1st place and receiving praise from the judges for providing a thoughtful solution to reading material adaptation & accessibility.

Timelime: 2014-2015
Role: Product Design

User interviews & profiles

After an initial blast of parent surveys and interviews with parents of children who read below grade level, we established that Readable would need to serve two distinct types of users:

  1. Kids: focused on picking out & reading books that interest them, in particular popular Young Adult novels that their friends or classmates are reading
  2. Parents: want to curate a family library their kids will be interested in, add books from the child's classroom curriculum, and monitor their children's progress

The survey we sent out also returned that the average family with parents like Gloria and kids like Amy are more likely to live in a household that owns at least one e-reader device, and whose children are already light-to-moderate users of that device.

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User flows & mockups

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Leading a group sketching session, we mapped out a rough onboarding flow to get the Readable app set up, customized, and ready for kids to start reading.

The flowchart artifact ended up being a great alignment tool working with product managers and engineers on the first-time user flow before we committed to anything.

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With the golden path mapped out, I wanted to focus on the most frequently performed actions that users would be performing inside the Readable app (core user loops).

I made a series of high-fidelity mockups, showing how users seamlessly go from signing up, to populating their library, to reading a book and asking for help understanding certain words, and finally viewing their progress metrics.

Results

Watch a demo of the finished prototype:

Watch a demo of the finished prototype:

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