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Project Sneak Peek : Moolah 2.0

Hi All,

Over the weekend I was doing a portfolio audit  (something I do once every 6 months) and I realized one of my favorite projects, Moolah!, never made it on the new site. I took a look at it and decided to re-work it to be a little more fleshed out. If you’ve never seen it, Moolah was an app I designed while in school. Quite simply, it’s a budgeting app specifically for college students.

At the time, I was living alone, living on a steady diet quesadillas, diet coke, and takeout (because let’s face it, cooking takes valuable time away from designing!), so my spending was out of control. I thought maybe if i had an app that helped me budget, I might be better about my spending.

Most budgeting apps are ugly and bogged down with all this extra stuff that college students don’t need to budget for, like mortgages, stocks, loans, etc.

Moolah features only the categories of spending that college students really deal with like : rent, transportation, school supplies, groceries, dining out, entertainment, and health care.



The most important part of the app is being able to visually see the differences in what you’re budgeting and what you’re spending.

Moolah 2.0

The old app was a good start, but if a UX designer or content strategy expert took a look at it, they would notice some holes. I decided to try and flesh out the whole experience, and upgrade the UI to a less flat looking approach.

I only have one screen to show you, but I’m really excited to see where this is going. There are a ton more screens I have to build than my original project had to really make this app functional, but im up for a challenge. I think I’ll learn a lot about UI/UX design as I go. I’m also in the middle of reading Content Strategy for Mobile by a book apart, and a really helpful  ebook by Nathan Barry. Between the two of them, I hope to have a really great project that will demonstrate to employers that though I have a big background in digital marketing, I CAN design for web/mobile.

Here’s my work in progress:

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  • Project Sneak Peek : Moolah 2.0

    16 September, 2013 at 11:22 am
  • I’m glad ya chose to update the navigation screen, personally I thought that was the weakest one. The updated screen looks much better, as each section is easier to differentiate.
    This may be my stanky old wizard eyes, but is the green bar the only bar with a gradient applied to it? The purple isn’t readable, and I thought the bus icon looked like a skull at first. It wasn’t until I squinted at the text did I realize it said, “transportation” (I assumed it was health care because of the skull…)

    I see why you chose the “person” icon for the home section ( looks like the house was taken for rent & utilities) but I associate that more with “account” or “profile” more than with a home page.

    Other than that, it looks like a great start :)

    16 September, 2013 at 11:49 am