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Final designs


Songwriting and rehearsal tool for musicians
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As a Aspiring Musician, I need to have a way to document my writing and share that document in a rehearsal setting so myself and others can understand (and retain) song structure.


  • Designer/Front End Developer
  • Back End Developer/ Mentor

My Process

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  • User Interviews
  • Journey Map


  • Strategy Blueprint
  • Experience Vision
  • User Need Statements


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Card Sorting
  • Ideation
  • Wireframing

Set Up

Bandmates in Origin Mile really looked forward to meeting once a week. It was a chance to escape normalcy for about an hour, make noise, and spend time with three good friends. There was a glaring problem - it was hard to get momentum. It was frustrating for all. About this time, I was learning how to write code and getting immersed in user experience design - I thought this would be a perfect chance to start applying my knowledge!

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I started by conducting user interviews with all of the band members with the following questions:

  • What was their role in the band?
  • What did they enjoy about being in the band?
  • What would they change?
  • What were their personal goals in being in the band?
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I also was able to capture the journey map from having a song idea to documenting that idea on paper.

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After ruminating on the research documentation, completing the competitive analysis, I completed a Strategy Blueprint. From this, our user need statements were derived:

  • As a band member, I need to quickly document song structure so that I can communicate my vision to the rest of the band.
  • As a band member, I need to see the song structure we are rehearsing so that I can know where and when I play.
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The first step was to realize the tool’s structure. I set up a card sort with each band member, and then as a group to generate more ideas. This exercise was much more valuable than I anticipated. We were able to conceive a lot of product features that would not have been possible from me alone!

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There were many prototype tests to iteratively get to the finish line. Here are the assets from a lo-fi “first time visit” flow I had each band mate use and give feedback on. The big takeaways were:

  • The steps to get to the heart of the tool were about right, but the “giant block of colors” view was too “heavy”.
  • Try a show/hide function to lessen the cognitive load and but back some screen real estate.
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In parallel with all of the music making and design work, I also was learning how to create a MEAN app (Mongo,Express, Angular, Node). I was able to get a fully functional front end running in the browser to usability test with the band.

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LogIn screen exploration
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Designs for creating and arranging sections

In Retrospect...

At the end of the journey, the band felt it was more feasible to go with giant post-its. But you know what? I found UX along the way, learned a ton, and found a new calling in life. I'd call that a victory, wouldn't you?

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this quick tour. Please let me know if you would like to discuss my skills and experience a bit more.

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