With Blue Nile focused on the growth of their core business, Smashing’s team of strategists, UX designers, visual, and motion designers worked in parallel to research, design, and test a new customer experience. We initially turned our focus to evolving one line of business – wedding bands. This approach of concentrating on a singular line of business allowed for greater experimentation and exploration.
Smashing redesigned key pages including the home, segment, catalog, detail, top 10, and education pages, focusing on core themes that improved the buying experience:
- Building confidence and trust – customer service vastly increases customer confidence and conversion, so we identified what content was influential at critical buying moments and then designed seamless, natural in-line help, along with a redesigned Education portal.
- Maximizing SEO and SEM – we worked closely with Blue Nile’s SEO and SEM experts to ensure search results direct shoppers to specific and strategic Blue Nile education and shopping pages.
- Harnessing the power of a Design Language System – Perceptual Patterns provided documentation on voice, tone, design principles, typography, color palette, layouts, iconography styles, shapes/textures, spacing, imagery, and motion studies. The Functional Patterns provided documentation of the tangible building blocks of the interface which includes how each building block or component functions.
Beyond the UX, CX, and visual design, Smashing’s team of strategists and designers trained Blue Nile’s team on the redesign process so that the approach could be replicated across the entirety of the customer experience. This included working alongside Blue Nile to update both branding and positioning so that all customer touchpoints maintained a high-level of consistency.