A Platform for Passion
  • Craftlog
  • San Francisco,
  •  California

A Platform for Passion

When you love what you do, whether it be cooking, woodwork, home improvement, or even sewing you can’t help but want to shout it from the rooftops. Our San Francisco (also Brazilian and Italian) friends at Craftlog make it easy for you to not only share your projects with others, but find new projects to fall in love with. Featuring a flexible user interface, user experience, and well crafted interaction design, we’ve worked hard with our long-term partners-in-craft to make an app that's so easy to use even your mom can make your family recipes live on forever.

Year
2019
Approaches
Awards & Mentions
Best of 2018 - Food & Cooking
Location
San FranciscoCaliforniaUnited StatesNorth America
Craftlog logo exploration

Designed for scalability

A community platform built scalable before anything else

Designed for scalability : undefined

Finding the right fit

Measure twice, cut once.

Developing a bilingual, neutral identity that married verticals together was paramount.

Finding the right fit : Measure twice, cut once.
Craftlog logo exploration
A breathable means of iteration during every step proved beneficial for a breathable family products.

Sometimes it just doesn't work

The difference between a designer & consumer

After iteration and iteration, we ruled out the elephant concept. Chosen because of the wisdom and memory of an elephant, it meant a lot to our team but just wasn't resonating with our audience.

Sometimes it just doesn't work: The difference between a designer & consumer

Speak to a wider audience

Back to the drawing board

We started to shift our crosshairs towards something a bit more universal. At the end of the day, our mission with Craftlog was straightforward: create a platform to share your passion and tell a story.

Speak to a wider audience: Back to the drawing board
Craftlog logo exploration

Representing all verticals

Developing the perfect family mark

Leveraging geometric precision as well as Fibonacci techniques throughout our mark, we set sail in the direction of the play button concept due to its instant recognition as well as scalable geometry.

Representing all verticals : Developing the perfect family mark
Craftlog brand exploration
Craftlog mobile design exploration

Finding out what you do not like

Adopting the mark throughout verticals

As with the initial exploration, we chose to explore every dimension we could take with the mark before landing on a final approach.

Finding out what you do not like : Adopting the mark throughout verticals

Go bonkers, then simplify

As well as keeping scalability & personal connection top of mind

And, as usual, we toned it back a bit and infused our vertical marks with our family brandmark to be most safe, which down the road we will learn is a bit more difficult than once thought.

Go bonkers, then simplify: As well as keeping scalability & personal connection top of mind

Universal language

And, of course, an illustration style to unite verticals

The most universal language you can execute within your product is illustration. So, we made a language of illustration that not only adopts colors but also adopts the emotion between verticals.

Craftlog illustrations

Speak my language

Breathing life into an identity based on emotion

An ever growing set of illustrations was imperative to a successful launch.

Speak my language : Breathing life into an identity based on emotion

Prototypes

Build, test improve

Once we dialed in our initial identity, it was time to set sail and start iterating on prototypes.

Prototypes: Build, test improve
Design is an ongoing imperative, and when building products, it’s an indispensable trait to iterate as quickly as possible between design and development.

Follow me into the dark

Design emotionally and provide value in retention

Our goal is not to reinvent the wheel, but design experiences that speak to the users on an emotional level of connection while improving our algorithm and retention in every step.

Follow me into the dark : Design emotionally and provide value in retention

Show me what you got

Creating emails you’re actually happy to get

This means leaving no stone unturned - including the wonderful world of email notifications. The last thing in our crosshairs was a spammy, mindless email to receive in the morning.

Show me what you got : Creating emails you’re actually happy to get
Craftlog website mobile design

Get smart

Retention based on emotional responses

With the badass team behind Craftlog, we had very smart algorithms that improve upon themselves based on each email you get. In return, the users receive what they want. On top of that, we built a system for the people at Craftlog to build any retentive loop they wanted to measure.

Get smart : Retention based on emotional responses

The final frontier

Clear communication between web and mobile application

Dialing in a web interface was paramount to a delightful experience, so we focused on a design for desktop that not only provided its own value to the power users, but provide the same experience to the users who may not be able to download the app.

The final frontier: Clear communication between web and mobile application

Pretty pretty pixels

Utilizing the screen space we have and leveraging contrast to entice users

Web is some of our favorite putting greens to experiment in because it does not require a download but offers the same experience.

Pretty pretty pixels: Utilizing the screen space we have and leveraging contrast to entice users
After nearly 2 years of close-knit design & development, we took all verticals out of beta on the Play Store in November of 2017. Since launch, we are approaching nearly 1 million downloads per vertical, 2500+ reviews with 4 or more stars.

Now that Craftlog is in the wild, we have more feedback daily to make data-driven decisions to improve the product.

Swift development paired with laser-focused design allows agility in response to feedback.

The story is just beginning.

Only up from here

Craftlog is an ongoing journey to create, indulge, and improve a platform to share unforgettable experiences.

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