Comdart music app

Comdart is an open communication project based in the Uk specialised in promoting artists. I helped Comdart to design an App to help its journalist subscribers stay updated in real-time on music, news, and artists. I truly enjoyed working on this app as the the client was very open and cooperative despite having a clear idea on what she wanted. Apple guidelines on app-layouts have been followed in order to design the best experience possible in IOS environment. Mock-ups and final prototype using Adobe XD are available for the project.

Target and functions

The real challenge was to consider, as a user, a range of people between 20 and 65 years old with different background and computer skills, and to be sure the accessibility and usability rules were respected.

The task at hand was very clear, and quite broad: to create an app for Journalists interested in having real-time news on certain artists and record labels. Also, the client asked to make the most of the app and make it available to music fans too.

According to this purpose, there were two distinct basic functions, as outlined below:

A professional section dedicated to artists

Engaging content for general users. Additional function.

UX wireframes

Problems and solutions

Homepage / dashboard

The information architecture has been structured to allow the navigation in the simplest possible way. The menu is simple and schematic with three main section: Artists, Playlists, News

Artists section

Neat and simple list of artists promoted by Comdart. Each artist has a page for Release and a page for Press.

Playlists section

A selection of themed playlists.

News section

An updated section with the best “music news” from around the world. Perfect for engaging music lovers..

Login and sign-up

The app has a standard system where you login, sign-up with confirmation message and a system to re-send your password in case you have forgotten.

The Comdart green is the color of the action or main information. It has been applied to buttons, sections and confirmation messages.

Guide

The app has a standard system where you login, sign-up with confirmation message and a system to re-send your password in case you have forgotten.

The Comdart green is the color of the action or main information. It has been applied to buttons, sections and confirmation messages.

Sidebar dropdown menu

Clicking the hamburger-menu on the top-right you can have access to the sidebar dropdown menu where you can customise your Settings, Notifications and you can send an email to the Help center in case you have an issue.

Search

Next to the hamburger-menu on the top-right you find the Search icon to access the Search page.

Prototype

App prototype -
1st part

App prototype -
2nd part

Prototype tester opinions:

"I have never used an app and I was terrified of using this. But I was wrong. I find it very useful and easy. I can directly see all the updated information I want without doing google searches. It's all here. Fantastic."
Sylvia – The music Blog

“I think the app is very useful. Do you want to do an interview? All you need is there. Just one click man”
Daniel Mendoza – Ceo Street Label Records

“I'm passionate about music and I follow all the rap artists from Street Label records. I can use an app like this. Is not bad to have notifications about them but also discover other music with the playlists.”
Luke – Music Fan