User Research, UX Design
Zillow Wheeler is a version of Zillow (a leading real estate website to look for houses) optimized for the needs of people who use wheelchairs to get around.
This was built as a part of “Hack Housing” – Seattle’s largest open data hackathon held. Our team was awarded the third prize among 30 teams with more than 200 developers and designers. The event has been covered at Geekwire, Zillow News, HCDE News and across Twitter and Facebook.
Tools Used: Axure Rp, Photoshop, Bootstrap
Team Size: 5
We started by doing research to understand the current pain points of people in wheelchairs and the resources available to them for finding houses. We read through housing and disability acts, ADA compliance’s and other rules and regulations to understand the issues better and brainstorm based on our findings.
Next, we created out persona Sara – a 45 year old female service worker who needs an easy system that helps her in finding her desired home.
This was followed by card sort to build a design and come up with the filters needed for people looking for accessible housing.
After having narrowed down on 19 set of features, we began to sketch out our ideas. We started with rough sketches and basic prototypes.
High Fidelity Prototype
We iterated over the paper prototypes to finally come up with the high fidelity one made in PowerPoint.
We combined the Zillow Logo and the vision of our website and turned it into Zillow Wheeler. We wanted to integrate the current Zillow logo with our logo so we kept the choice of colors same as in the current Zillow logo. However, we used the Gestalt principle and used colors to show clusters which matched each other. For e.g; the color green was used for the title Wheeler and also for image of the person in wheelchair showing connection between the two.
Zillow has an outline of a home in their logo and it went well with our theme. We created a person on wheelchair to depict people with ambulatory disability and placed it in the Zillow home- representing that we find homes for people with disability.
Front-End and Back-End Development