PlanGrid Windows App

Company: PlanGrid
Platform: Windows
Position: Senior Designer

What did you set out to achieve with this design project? PlanGrid already had a full iOS, Web app, and Android experience. My task was to build a Windows app from the ground up that had feature parity with the other platforms within my six month contract.

What decisions did you make that helped you achieve that goal? This project was all about prioritizing what features were most important to build first. Because I only had six months, deciding what to build first was very important.

What challenges did you have / what made it difficult to design this? The iOS, Android, and Web apps all had been built before the Windows app, but all had slightly different designs and copy for each platform. Deciding which features, and which implementation was best to build off of was a challenge. Ultimately, I was tasked with a second project at PlanGrid, I took over the efforts to standardize design across platforms.

If you had the opportunity to go back and make a different design decision, what would you change? Windows is especially challenging as users can be on devices like the Surface tablet that have both touch and mouse inputs. Because of this you have to design an interface that works in both desktop and tablet modes simultaneously. If I could go back I would spend more time refining the UI so that all features worked with both a mouse and a stylus.