Available → April 2023

Balenciaga

  • consulting
  • service design
  • information architecture
  • ux design

Goals

 

  • Improve product discoverability
  • Clarify Navigation
  • Digital Strategy for Genderless and sustainability topics
  • Design support during production phase
  • 11 days for answering the pitch
  • 25 days for production phase

I was brought onto AREA17’s team to collaborate on the strategic deck for their pitch to redesign BALENCIAGA’s ecommerce website. I worked closely with the team to develop a winning pitch and was thrilled to learn that our agency had won the project. 

Balenciaga’s Future-Oriented Website Redesign

Balenciaga’s vision for their new website was to showcase their innovative spirit and forward-thinking approach. To achieve this, we concentrated on the following key areas: conducting a comprehensive audit, utilizing a service design approach, implementing a try-on and style finder feature, reevaluating main entry levels for navigation, and addressing product discovery issues to enhance the user experience.

1. Analysing User Path for Bags section

To respond to the pitch, my initial objective was to conduct an audit of the current user journey for bags. I conducted a comprehensive assessment of the mobile flow, pinpointing any problematic areas I encountered, whether they were related to ergonomics or content.

ergonomic review extract
current funnel vs our recommendation

2. Using an Experience Map for an Improved Sales Funnel

To respond to the pitch, my initial objective was to conduct an audit of the current user journey for bags. I conducted a comprehensive assessment of the mobile flow, pinpointing any problematic areas I encountered, whether they were related to ergonomics or content.

Experience Map

3. Using an Experience Map for an Improved Sales Funnel

During the assessment, we identified one of the pain points as:

It’s hard to select which style I like”

In addition, the brand expressed a desire for more engaging and interactive content that specifically appealed to millennials and younger audiences. As a result, we developed several styling concepts to address these objectives.

Try-ons on your avatar
Stylefinder with a Quizz

4. Creating Gender-Neutral Navigation System

The brand has recently implemented a robust non-binary product strategy and requested that the new website align with this direction. The previous main navigation options were limited to “MEN” and “WOMEN.” To accommodate the new approach, I developed a revised navigation system that prioritized products over binary gender categories.

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5. Solving Product Discovery and Navigation Challenges

Both our internal audit and user-testing revealed numerous issues, including difficulties with discovering product lines, understanding the options available within a line, navigating the brand’s vocabulary for t-shirt and hoodie fits, and distinguishing between different lines and bag characteristics in the navigation.

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We helped BALENCIAGA identify their main pain points, could it be regarding current funnel, discoverability issues and opportunities that were not identified yet. I believe that’s why they selected our proposal to handle the redesign project.