Launch screen: this is where the app starts off once opened.
Google Translate App
Kleiner Perkins Design Challenge 2023: Highlighting Google Translate's prominent features.
1 UX/UI designer
2 days (Research, Ideation & Execution)
Kleiner Perkins Fellows Programs prompted their 2023 design finalists to redesign a feature from any one of their portfolio companies participating in the Fellows program. I chose to redesign the Google Translate app.
How might we better highlight Google Translates most prominent features?
The Google translate app is an amazing innovation but I believe some of its most prominent features could be better highlighted.
Make the prominent features stand out.
I redesigned the app so its prominent translation features: Type, Voice, Camera and Draw could stand out on their own and not all just be placed on a single page. I also made some color, typography and other design choices to make the app more appealing and line up with the Google brand.
After studying the app, I began the design process with low-fidelity sketches and wireframes to accelerate decision-making through visualization without losing time.
Using Figma, I translated my first sketches into low-fidelity wireframes to help me map out my design. Once this was done, I moved on to creating high-fidelity prototypes.
I followed Google's original blue for Google Translate as I wanted to maintain its brand integrity.
I went for a lighter interface as this would pair well with the "Google Blue."
I designed only for the mobile version of this app
Reflections & Final thoughts
If I had more time, I would:
I'd continue this project by exploring a way to add a sign language translator to it. I think that this might add more interest to the app and possibly increase its users.
I'd love to create some more iterations, possibly with the other Google brand colors
I would also do a lot more user testing,
I learned the importance of sketching out your initial ideas. At first, I thought the Google Translate app looked and functioned perfectly and there was nothing I could really do to improve it but after getting my ideas down on paper, I started it see a way forward.