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G-Coin offers a seamless experience to save, send, spend, and redeem gold in real-time, 24/7. Blockchain technology and smart contract platform traces responsibly sourced gold from a mine to a refinery and to a vault, and then digitizes this gold into secure G-Coin tokens for trading around the world.

The G-Coin App can be downloaded from Apple Store and Google Play

Problem

Acquiring new users is one of the keys to success. As a regulated brand-new company, G-Coin is required to identify new customers and verified their identity during an onboarding process. That is why G-Coin needs to have it seamless, with a high-security level and low risk.

My Role: As a team member of three designers, I participated in all stages of product development, conducting research and usability testing, creating user flows, prototypes, and most of the UI.

New technology

Blockchain is an evolving technology. Design decisions should be made with an understanding of the principles which blockchain is built on, and how people perceive it.

Challenges

Heavily regulated industry

Building a financial application needs to comply with strict requirements. Our design mission is to find the sweet spot where user needs, business goals, and regulatory requirements live in peace and harmony.

Uncharted territory

While designing something new, we are often forced to make somewhat informed assumptions that need to be tested and verified later.

Process

Our UX Design team started by conducting research and my role was to make a competitive analysis. I went through the registration processes of a few popular fintech applications, such as Coinbase, Robinhood, Glint, Blockchain, and Crypto.com.

What I learned

Most of the applications desire to streamline the onboarding process as much as possible. However, fintech apps turn out to be those exceptions where friction can benefit the user experience. That can reduce user errors and thus relieve headaches for both users and providers!

Instead of simplifying the registration, our design team aimed to make an inevitably long process as smooth as possible.

User flow as a set of fractions

A mobile screen can include a few possibilities to choose from. So, to create the initial user flow, I depicted each screen as a fraction where:

  • The numerator was what users saw

  • The denominator was what they did, and there could be more than one action over there

  • An arrow pointed out what users saw next

  • Positive outcomes and actions were indicated in green, negative ones in red

That approach worked well to help stakeholders easily understand the flow and leave comments.

While designing, some touches were implemented that directly improved the user experience.

Never leave our user alone

If users get stuck or have questions in any step while onboarding, our support team is always there to help.

 

I created a small button with a question mark that accompanies the CTA-button on each screen, where necessary, throughout the registration. By clicking on it, the user gets to the support center page with a chat.

Security vs Friction

To ensure account security, it is required a 2-factor authentication (2FA) in the app. New users must activate 2FA, but for recurring users we provide the option to skip this step when logging in, along with using Touch ID instead of entering user credentials.

It gives them some peace of mind when needed. Security is always a priority in blockchain and digital currency.

Why are we asking for this?

Our users should always know why we ask their personal information such as a phone number or SSN. By giving a detailed explanation, we aim to build trust with our users.

More technology

One of the ways to speed up the onboarding process is using a barcode reader or OCR technology (optical character recognition). The user does not need to fill in all the fields manually. Just take a photo of the driver's license, and Voilà!

Iteration

We found out a significant percentage of drop offs right after people downloaded the app. The reason was that visitors just merely failed to find the register button on the homepage or spent unnecessarily long time searching for it.

The homepage looked a bit overloaded. Besides, the register button had the same font size and color as the other text. I suggested splitting the homepage into two screens:

  • a welcome screen with the prominent "Create" button for the visitors

  • a login screen for the registered users

Simultaneous implementation of these changes can be risky. A/B testing was supposed to help find out how the new design affected the conversion.

Conclusion

Our design team worked closely with the product and engineering teams to understand all the complexities of the fintech application. To make it truly useful, we put so much effort to:

  • Balance user goals and business requirements 

  • Design with keeping the app scalability in mind

 

In addition, I would add emotions to the design. Studies suggest that creating an engaging digital experience evoking emotion can enhance customer perceptions, trust, and loyalty – one of the biggest challenges facing financial service providers today.

The onboarding journey for the G-Coin mobile app

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