HEAD OF PRODUCT DESIGN AND USER EXPERIENCE AT MAPZEN

PREVIOUSLY SENIOR UX DESIGNER AT PATCH.

Eraser map app

Eraser map app

The back story

Eraser map was conceptualized as being the reference application for the SDKs for our services on Android. Over the year that we spent building and testing it, we saw the address data in search, the road network in navigation, and the details of the map improving. Much yay for the open data community!!

In the process of testing, we heard our users mention how they were wary of all the navigation apps collecting their private location data at all times.  As we saw open data quality improve, we wondered if we could use our SDKs to build a mobile mapping application that could make the same promise as DuckDuckGo: not to log or track our users, at a time when user privacy is a major concern. Since Mapzen runs its own map stack and is not dependent on third-party mapping providers, we can follow through on promises we make about how we handle user data.

We saw an opportunity to improve privacy in mobile mapping, and Eraser Map was born!.

We started by sketching for two main functions of the app - Search and navigation. 

Search flow

Search flow

Navigation flow (version 1 - driving only)

Navigation flow (version 1 - driving only)

 

Visual design

 

In October 2017, I gave a talk about the UX of navigation apps and I highlighted key screens in a navigation flow for driving and share all the thinking that goes into presenting the UI to the driver.

Logo explorations

Role - Wireframing and Prototyping, Usability testing, Interface design, Logo and icon design

 
Patch app

Patch app