A social network where high school and college students can connect to talk about colleges.
Duration: 2 Months
So to organize all this information I decided to categorize it in cards. The most important information like name, school, profile pic into a hero section. Notifications would be the hub that links the users to messaging, schools and connections.
I originally put the utilities (Messaging, Connections and College List) in the header and the notifications as a sidebar but I realized from watching high schoolers that the utilities have more importance over notifications. We also wanted to eventually add more utilities and the header doesn't leave a lot of room to expand. So I decided to switch them.
Starting conversations with strangers can be stressful, especially for a high schooler talking to a college student. One way I tackled this was with pins. Pins are Badges on a user’s profile that represent that students interests, hobbies and sports. Pins act as a conversation started with students with similar interests.