Working as a freelance designer for Fill.io, this project was all about PDF forms. Originating as Bull Forms, I was contacted to pivot the the design of the product based on the user research that was gathered, it also turned into a re-branding opportunity as well.Visit Website
The goal for this project was to understand the user research from the original product, Bull Forms, and pivot the design to aide adoption and growth. The data obtained from the research was that most new customers were coming from search engines to a specific form. Unfortunately once they landed on a form there was an incredibly high bounce rate.
Users were confused as they were expecting to see a PDF form that they could download. Instead they were offered an experience that was confusing, became overwhelmed and left the site. It was clear that if users were to adopt the platform, the focus had to be to make the experience as easy and familiar as possible, whilst also subtly onboarding the user. Part of this was a complete rebrand including name change from Bull Forms to Fill.io.
Understanding the data meant that the main entry points were, search engines (being the main point for adoption), the PDF database and uploading their own PDF (the path for regular members). Next was to plot out the complete journey for an individual user. After this the focus can be on making the process easier and more familiar.
First of all an onboarding point is the onboarding modal previously shown, then there are the input fields which essentially the first step to completing a form. Taking inspiration from hard copies of contracts that use labels, I used these as a UI element to help the user understand what to do.
Signing needed to be made as intuitive as possible. Giving users the option to enter into full screen mode, allowed users to get the signature right first time either on desktop or mobile. As well as that a self explanatory product name (Fill) and a document processing UI gave the user a better experience and helped with adoption.
After understanding the points of entry it is then apparent place to aide customers is the handover process when sending a form for someone else to fill and sign. It’s a lengthy and fiddly process of assigning input fields to users. Again by understanding the process a solution can be found and trialed.
Users can upload their own PDF and drag input fields where required to build a form or contract for others to fill and sign. Users define who is going to fill or sign the input and then when sent to the recipient, that user will only see the field they need to fill.
However there are several outcomes, and users are given the option to finish where they will see all the outcomes they can take. This includes download, print or email the completed PDF if the user is a individual, or send for signing and this is where assigning fields comes into play.
The result is a product that capitalises on a niche adding an entry point to the platform and increases adoption for new customers. The product has a freemium model so the first few pdfs are free after that they can sign up.
Something I would change if I had the chance is the initial onboarding modal. It reduced the amount of drop offs but could be less intrusive. By making it a sidebar that onboards the user they can interact with the pdf without having to close the modal, and in some cases refer back to it.