Mesmer is an AI-powered, mobile application QA platform. It's currently the only platform that uses machine learning to complete end-to-end testing, visual testing, and accessibility compliance for native iOS and Android applications.
The App Graph (formerly known as "App Map") is the first thing a user sees when logging into Mesmer. Users liked the pleasing build animation but were disappointed by its limited capabilities.
Our goal with the redesign was to make it easier for a user to find screens, paths, and real-time application issues.
VP of Product
This is v1 of the App Graph.
We played with the idea of grouping and showing links between non-consecutive screens, however, it started to look rather congested.
Aligning screenshots to a grid helped with readability but the small screenshot size still made finding a screen challenging.
A hub-and-spoke layout seemed to offer better use of space and not force a top-down hierarchy to apps.
I found that varying screenshot size and hiding deeper screens would allow users to quickly find paths from the user-defined home screen.
Adding dynamic filters to an App Graph allows a user to see build, accessibility, and performance issues in real-time all in one place.
Users expressed a number of frustrations with what is, arguably, the most important part of the product: Screen results. Screenshots were too small and editing objects and assertions was confusing.
VP of Product
The original designs displayed results in a modal, which limited the space available for tablet screenshots. Users also found editing and adding assertions confusing.
We had to accommodate three distinct sections on screen results: Screenshots (yellow), issues (purple), and the right drawer (orange), where users are able to access test, step, object, and accessibility data.
My solution was to make each section a flex box. Screenshots remain centered above issues while they contract to accommodate the right drawer opening and closing. A user is able to slide the detections section down to expand screenshots.
Users wanted less clutter on the screenshots so I removed all issues by default. Hovering over an issue will highlight it on the screenshots.
Clicking an Object issue opens its respective panel to highlight the issue in question. Screenshots and issue details contract to accommodate the drawer.
Users expressed satisfaction with being able to more easily mark detections, edit assertions, or edit gestures. What took multiple clicks and closing and opening modals before, was now one click away.
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