MAYA JENKINS

Designer & Researcher

I am passionate about creating exciting experiences, seeing new possibilities and uncovering the latent needs and desires of others. I approach every design challenge with curiosity, and, most importantly, empathy.

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Voyager Financial Portal System

Voyager Financial provides its customers an overview of their financial journey using a portal system that allows them to align life events and goals with their personal investment strategy and utilize the variety of services that Voyager has to offer.

ROLE
Designer | Researcher | Strategist

PROJECT LENGTH
4 Months

OUTPUTS
Service Blueprint
User Personas
Hi-fi Prototype


TEAM SIZE
9

Service blueprint of our big idea, a customer portal system

Goal

Our client, one of the largest providers of investment accounts and mutual funds in the world, provided our team a brief that outlined their goal of increasing user online enrollment in their employer-provided retirement accounts and to encourage use of the client’s online resources.

Key Impact Areas

Our first step in determining the appropriate opportunities for ideation was to identify the key areas and themes within the client’s industry with respect to their target users. In initial analysis of the our client's industry, the current experience and customer touchpoints, our team identified the key impact areas to start gaining notable insights and iterate on:

-Privacy, Security and Trust
-Strategic Relationships with Employers
-Increasing Levels of Engagement
-Empowerment and Education of the User
-Data Visualization
-Storytelling

Methodology

Our design methodology was primarily research-driven. This process included online surveys, interviews, competitor analysis and registration best practices related to people's attitudes and behaviors regarding money. We fostered this approach in order to be a better advocate for the participant/user. Knowing their behavior allowed us to develop empathy and make decisions based on our understanding of the user rather than our assumptions about their attitudes towards investing.

Personas

From the data collected from users about their behaviors and attitudes about finance, we determined two personas to iterate for.

Laura, 34, Programmer

Goal: As a current Voyager customer, Laura wants to launch a tech startup in the short-term and wants access to a higher standard of living in retirement in the long run.

Pain Points: While Laura's investments see decent returns, she lacks liquidity, such as an emergency fund. Due to a personal experience in data breaches, Laura is also skeptical about sharing her private information.

Roberto, 23, Biology Grad Student

Goal: Robert is new to investing and would like to be more savvy and develop good financial habits. He wants to be a position where he can travel leisurely, donate toward environmental causes, and begin saving for retirement.

Pain Points: Working only 10 hours a week as graduate associate, Robert's income is limited and lives on a tight budget.

In determining the needs of our users, we decided to conceptualize an all-in-one portal system that incorporates personalization and more visualization of the users’ investment journeys alongside their life events and personal savings goals.

Prototype

In essence, our primary concept is explicitly designed to support the customer in writing their own narrative. The purpose of which is to create a framework that reinforces the need for long-term retirement planning while simultaneously acknowledging, and allowing for, real-life goal sand aspirations and the need for financial flexibility.

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User dashboard with introductory video with option to skip

Users have a holistic view of their investment journey and can add additional savings goals and life events )right), which can also be attached to each other. Relevant additional resources such as podcast episodes are also suggested to the user (bottom of left image).

The dashboard also has a button for users when they need further support. They can upgrade to 'Concierge', a paid service to consult with an assigned financial advisor.