Prelook

Prelook is a web application that allows users to explore companies through a multimedia view. The goal is for employers to market themselves in a positive light while potential employees can learn about the company’s motto, perks, benefits and most importantly, the culture. Through a series of filters, users are able to funnel their search to open up a visual portfolio page of the company they click on. There, they are able to read about the company of their choosing to better inform them of their acceptance or where to apply. On this application, I played a core role in product management, user flow mapping, testing, iteration and web development. The stack used was: Rails, AngularJS, HTML5, jQuery and CSS.

CompanyPrelookRoleFront-End DeveloperYear2016Linkhttp://www.prelook.com

Team: My team consisted of a lead developer, a UX designer and myself as the front-end developer. We worked closely together in an agile environment and all played a part in the UX and flow of the platform through guerilla testing and many iterations.

Platform: We were able to build a platform with two different user groups, visiting users and employers. The employers had a separate entry point for the platform that consisted of a login to a different view. This is where information was inputted into the system for visiting users to view.

Employer Portal: The employer portal had a challenging ask. It was to create a a modular and dynamic customizable template for employers to input information on their company. The challenge was within the finer details and making the flow appropriate. This was also challenging to build due to us incorporating drag and drop. Our inspiration was Google Forms as well as LinkedIn. Our team had many iterations of the employer portal from guerilla testing. The goal was to break the design until we had a user friendly UI.

Index: To build the index, we used algolia to help create a smart and easy to use filter system. Based on tags (within employer portal), the appropriate information would surface when clicking on different filters. Based on these tags, we would further improve our machine learning by suggesting similar companies users have already searched. The sort/filter functionality was thoroughly tested on mobile devices to ensure a smooth user experience.

Conclusion: Prelook was a very challenging yet fun application to build. It took me out of my comfort zone as I led front-end development initiatives opposed to just designing (what I’m used to). With this platform, we were able to test and iterate quickly, building a beautiful user experience for all our users (employers and explorers).

More on Prelook App (case studies) to come.