The SmartStash Humidity Disks are packaged stacked in a matte black box and feature a sleek, minimal design. Product samples (out of the box) will generally be nearby at any retail point of purchase.
The SmartStash Humidity Disks are designed to be secured under the metal lid of the SmartStash jar using a built-in neodymium magnet. The disks are made out of two shells of injection-molded plastic, a neodymium magnet, humidity beads and a peel-off sticker. The humidity beads maintain the ideal humidity of 62% for cannabis to be stored to maintain it's peak freshness. When a customer is ready to use the product, they simply peel the sticker exposing the SmartStash logo and place it under the lid of their jar.
The SmartStash iOS app is a companion app for the SmartStash storage box which allows users to remotely monitor their SmartStash as well as track and manage their consumption, among other things. Below you will find various flows and key screens from the app, but it is not meant to be all-encompassing. Reach out if you have any questions or are interested to see more.
A sitemap was developed to map out the overall architecture of the app and categorize different features into different categories and make sure we had all of our bases covered. The sitemap was ultimately most helpful when mapping out the user flows and discussing product capabilities with development agencies I was going to partner with to build out the app.
Based on the desired user actions and app features, I built out user flows to map out how a user nagivates throughout the app and to pinpoint any areas where we might have dead-ends or poor user experience.
If I had more time on this project... I would like to conduct usability tests with potential user groups to identify key areas of improvement.
The brand color palette for SmartStash are inherited from the parent company Hitek Labs and includes 3 primary colors that are traditional to the cannabis industry, inherited from the Rastafarian culture. The color hues selected for SmartStash are bright and vibrant and provide energetic pops of color on top of the "dark mode" style of the interface. The background and secondary colors include cooler neutral tones that make the app feel more friendly and inviting. The 3 primary colors are used in different ways throughout the interface, making different screens feel fresh and less monotonous than using one primary color throughout the entire design. Green would be deemed the primary color of the three, as it is the primary fallback.
If I had more time on this project... I would like to revisit the color values for the 3 primary colors for accessibility and scalability reasons.
Since the app is mostly only going to be downloaded by users that have already purchased a storage box, the Splash screens don't need to do heavy lifting. They are intended to provide supplementary information for users that are interested and potential customers that may download the app by chance without having already purchased a SmartStash.
Since a user going through the onboarding flow is more than likely setting up their storage box, the onboarding flow is meant to be all-emcompassing (without being overwhelming) to get them as setup as possible to make the app work to it's full capability and to make it as easy as possible to return the next time. The validation code is what links a user to a specific SmartStash storage box.
Security is a key aspect of the SmartStash system and it's why it's the primary screen for the app. From this screen users can monitor, track security events, unlock remotely, or change between their different SmartStash units. The SmartStash storage box has built in sensors to detect when somebody tries to move it or open it and will notify the owner regardless of their location. They can also set the SmartStash to be unlocked automatically when they are home (within Bluetooth range). The color ring is a consistent design element that is found both on the storage box and throughout the app. On the storage box, it is a color changing light ring prominently featured on the front of the box to indicate the locked/unlocked status of the unit.
As the SmartStash iOS app was designed in 2014-2015, hamburger menus were common practice due to screen sizes at that time. App design at the time largely prioritized consistency across platforms, rather than consistency by operating system, and because of this the hamburger menu was a design pattern borrowed from web apps and Android apps. Design trends and user expectations evolve over time and the use of hamburger menus on iOS apps is much less common today than it was when the SmartStash iOS app was designed.
If I had more time on this project... I would redesign the navigational structure of the app to be more inline with current best practices.
The Stash section is one of the more core features for the SmartStash system. This is where a user adds new items when they bring them home and manages their existing and historical inventory. The SmartStash storage box has a built-in scale that links with the app to constantly monitor and track the amount going in and out of the jar for each session down to the tenth of a gram.
If I had more time on this project... I would like to explore how newer topical and other non-edible products that have hit the market since this was designed fit into the system. This would likely take the form of expanding and renaming the Edibles section, but more research would need to take place before making any decisions.
An aspect of narrowing down your preferences when it comes to cannabis is remembering how different strains and products made you feel. This can be difficult without something to help organize it all into one convenient place and make it easy to access. High Notes is SmartStash's answer to this problem. Users can simply add a rating out of 5 stars and some comments to any item in their Stash, active or in their history.
If I had more time on this project... I would like to add the ability to search, filter, and sort High Notes for ease of use and also add additional optional rating scales for each product for common traits users enter for many products including flavor notes, aroma, body high/head high, etc.
One aspect of the SmartStash system that makes it unique is the ability to track and monitor usage over time. "The Fitbit for cannabis". You can also view usage metrics by time of day, potency, or filter down by what kind of product (flower, concentrate or edible). Users can also swipe left/right to swipe between different People.
If I had more time on this project... I would like to add the ability to change the time range for any chart so users can get as granular as they would like.
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