Coin - A Coinbase Concept

2014

Early in the year, just about everyone I knew was crazy about bitcoin -- whether in SF, Jersey, or Pittsburgh. I thought the bitcoin was an interesting currency model, but constantly felt as though the existing implementations were too complex for the lay person to consider adopting. It wasn't until I came across Coinbase that I felt comfortable even owning bitcoin. After visiting Coinbase and also playing around the app, I started having a variety of thoughts for bitcoin apps and how user interfaces  could make this complex currency feel more easily understand.

I simply felt and still do believe that there needs to be simple and understandable user experiences in order for bitcoin to become a mainstream phenomenon. Coin was my initial imagining of one such experience, focusing on gestures for transactions and conversions, as well as qr scanning of physical coins. I ultimately designed an initial prototype to reflect my ideas.

 

Problem

There are few bitcoin apps, especially for mobile, and a majority of the offerings are fairly complex high learnability systems. Transactions and monitoring of wallets should be easy and enjoyable. 

Solution

 “Given the rich experiences of touch interfaces and iOS flat design,  I  saw the opportunity to design a simple, clean, and rich experience.  I imagined this as a concept, Coin for Coinbase. The features that I thought would be key for a Coinbase mobile app would be QR scanning, simple buy/sell rate checking, quick conversion, and simple transaction experiences.  I thought using simple swipe and touch gestures would be a great way of solution to incorporate these features with an ease of use.” 
imagined in iOS 7

imagined in iOS 7

initial storyboarding

initial storyboarding

final flow

minimum viable prototype