RAPID REORDER APP

The new Rapid Reorder app from Spiceology is designed to simplify the lives of those serving behind the scenes in the restaurant and hospitality industry. With Rapid Reorder chefs can minimize their time spent on an otherwise tedious inventory task by ordering directly from their phone by snapping photos of their existing inventory.

User Research & Personas
In this initial step the objective is to define the goal of the product and ensure that the users needs are being met. Through interviews, user research and personas we are able to funnel information to create a clear vision of what exactly the user is hoping to accomplish and how we can best design the product to help the user meet their needs.
Information Architecture & User Flows
Defining which information would exist in what places within the app is a crucial step in the early design process. A logical and concise layout must be determined in order to help the user easily and quickly access the information they are looking for and determine which steps they will need to take to get there.
Lo-Fi Wire frames & Prototyping
After a clear understanding is formed around the primary function of the app, the information architecture and the core user flows, then development of  lo-fi wire framing and early stage prototyping can begin to see what to the product will look like and how it will function in practice.
Visual Design and Iteration
Once the wire framing and prototyping is finalized and tested the product is moved into the final stages of design. Application of photography, color and branded design elements help to form the final look and feel of the product. 
For users that are new to the brand or less tech savvy we found that it was important to include content that would outline the workflow of the app as they travelled through the key user flows. I developed a typographic scale to introduce hierarchy of the content to help visually guide the user throughout the product experience.
Although Rapid Reorder is a utilitarian tool and reference we wanted it to have the same look and feel of other Spiceology branded components. Usage of styled and directed photography and brand colors throughout not only ties in the Spiceology branding but these elements also bring depth, visual interest and highlights important content for the user.
As a final step in the version one design all type scales, product assets/components and color/icon libraries are archived for easy reference and future design and iteration.
Version one is in the very capable hands of industry professionals for testing and we're very much looking forward to feedback that can be used to further refine the product to make it a tool that chefs and other hospitality professionals can use regularly.
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