Mini Living is a project from BMW that translates the design ethos of the Mini car to urban living and working spaces. The first Mini Living development was launched in Shanghai and TAB (now Kin+Carta) were tasked with the design and build of the app for residents of the co-living/working space. I led the design side of the project alongside UX lead Anand Nagrick and a small team of engineers and product people from TAB.
My focus initially was translating the Mini Living brand into a design system that would be flexible enough to allow us to quickly build and test various features. The aim of the app was to allow residents and guests to easily access services and events within the building as well being the point of contact with the local community managers.
The design process was fast moving and I quickly created a variety of prototypes using Principle to explore how different UI approaches might work and tested these with different users. Once an approach was validated the app framework began to be built and the various sections of the app were refined and developed. The overall UI design was minimal in style but we incorporated a fluid way of navigating between the different spaces and events using a system of tiles.
On of the key aspects of the app was to allow guests to access services within the building. The ambition was to take this further eventually where the app would also act as your keycard for your room and other areas of the building.
Screen captures of some the interaction designs built as working prototypes.
Interaction design showing how a user would swipe between different event tiles.