top of page

Streetwise Furniture Project

Second hand goods ecommerce app


Cheshire Streetwise are a small community outreach organisation. Their furniture project accepts good quality used homewares and furniture donations to sell in their shop, located in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

This app was created as part of a larger rebranding project that I undertook for Cheshire Streetwise in 2021.

Project Summary


As a volunteer run operation, they are often limited by the availability of staff for the store, and were looking for an alternative to opening up in more locations as the overhead would be so high. The Covid pandemic pushed the need for this into more urgent territory, as less people are out and about for shopping, and there are periods where the store cannot open at all.


Implementing a user centric design methodology to create an e-commerce app that allows users to browse, save, and buy items from the Cheshire Streetwise charity shop.


The Cheshire Streetwise Furniture Project is a mobile first app that allows customers to easily browse and purchase items from the charity from the comfort of their own homes. It offers a simple and quick way to get high quality second hand goods, whilst also supporting the local community outreach projects Cheshire Streetwise provide.

My Role

  • UX design

  • UX research

  • Visual Design


  • Miro

  • Sketch & Figma

  • Pen & paper

Design Process



We conducted a survey of people living within the Cheshire area to gain insights on their experiences on using the shop, suggestions for improvement of the service, and feedback on why they may have chosen not to shop there in the past.


Several key points came through in this survey that highlighted an opportunity to broaden the customer base and increase revenue for the wider range of outreach projects.

Research Goals

  1. To learn about their shopping habits, what positive and negative experiences they may have had in shopping locally.

  2. To learn what features users would find most valuable in searching for and buying used home goods.

  3. To learn what features users have previously used in apps and which they liked or disliked.


  • The store opening hours were a limiting factor, as they depend upon volunteer staff who sometimes aren’t available. This makes it difficult for customers to plan visits.

  • Some people expressed a desire to buy from the shop but were unable to access it due to work hours or lack of transport.

  • Most respondents had taken part in some form of online shopping in the past 12 months.




The information gathered through user interviews and surveys helped to identify two main types of customer visiting Streetwise. From this I created two personas so I could refer back to their goals, needs, experiences and behaviours to craft the best solution for them. These two personas consisted of:

  • Matilda, the 52 year old mum who is community minded and loves to grab a bargain.

  • Craig, the single 20 year old who has recently moved out on his own and is starting out in life.

User Flows

I had identified several of the key features of the app to be the ability to easily browse and favourite items you like for later purchase, and being able to browse and checkout as a guest on the app. I created a user flow for each of these features to start developing the smoothest path for each.


Sketches & Wireframes

Before entering the user testing stage, I created a series of sketches and wireframes. My sketches were based on the initial user interviews, and user journeys/flows. These helped to refine how the features would come together on screen and to accelerate decision-making through visualisation without losing time, the mid fidelity wireframes were then created in Figma to be used for the user testing. 

I came back to the sketches & wireframes throughout the entire design process to make sure that I didn’t lose sight of our primary goals and ideas.

The mid fidelity screens below show the flow for signing up and adding an item to favourites. Try out the prototype here.

Screenshot 2023-01-20 at 21.01.36.png


Usability Testing

Issue 1 : Unable to find a way to get back to the home screen

Evidence: ½ of the participants experienced this issue.

Suggested Change: Add a home icon to the menu

Issue 2 : Underline is too small and hard to find under the button

Evidence: ⅓ of the participants experienced this issue.

Suggested Change: Restyle this to also be a button rather than a link


Issue 3 : Sign up process has no indication of progress

Evidence: ⅔ of participants experienced this issue.

Suggested Change: add a progress/stage indicator to each screen


Issue 4 : Confusion between Sign up and Sign in

Evidence: ½ of the participants experienced this issue.

Suggested Change: Change the copy to read Sign up or Log in


Brand and UI Design

Now that the highest priority usability issues had been resolved, I moved onto rebranding of Streetwise’s visual identity. The new identity was developed to capture their community mission of ‘building up together’. The overall brand shows a friendly face, a helping hand, and a sense of belonging in the wider community. A brand style guide can be seen below for a more detailed breakdown.

Once this brand was established, I moved on to creating the final screens in Figma. I both integrated and expanded upon the visual language established in the earlier brand work.

Final Designs

search results_mobile.png
billing address mobile.png
card details mobile.png
t&c mobile.png
track delivery mobile.png
faves_empty mobile.png
my addresses mobile.png
my payment methods mobile.png
orders delivered mobile.png
orders processing mobile.png

Figma Prototype

Thank you for reading my case study!

Want to work with me? Feel free to contact me! Or just say hello on my social media.


Like what you see?

Let's chat.

bottom of page