With the pandemic closing bars and restaurants, the craft beer market is going through a crisis, because you see craft brewers need the bars to be open to sell their brew, and as stated by a survey from the Canadian Craft Beer Association in March of this year 44% of the breweries have gone down 50% or more on revenue comparing from March of 2019. So with this problem of the pandemic closures damaging the craft beer market, I came up with Beer Stash as a solution.
Beer Stash is an eCommerce platform focused on craft beers with reviews and tips from the community, together with a crowdfunding system to help smaller breweries to keep making batches even with the pandemic closures, also giving consumers the local beers that are just not available.
I knew the problem was real but I wanted to be sure all the pieces would fit properly, if my solution made sense to someone else besides me, if the target audience would be familiar with purchasing goods online, who exactly was going to be my target audience.
A survey was made to validate the solution, help draw out the personas, and bring to light what a good experience would mean to the platform users.
Searching online I got access to a poll made by Nielsen on craft beer consumers, the poll showed me what would be the demographic of the target audience for this project. It is mainly men between 21 and 44 years old with a higher income, around $80k a year.
With the demographics defined and the answer to the survey analyzed, it was time to craft a couple of personas. I tried to distill the info obtained from the survey into the persona's motivation and frustrations, bringing them as closer to real scenarios as I could.
The wireframing was made using Figma, as I built the main pages I tried to create a place where both easy to understnad and complex information could share the same space, also paying attention to what other ecommerce platforms are doing nowadays. Click here to see the wireframes on Figma.
The prototype was made in Adobe XD, this version already has the visual identity of the project, and the navigation contains different ways to achieve the final goal of the e-commerce side of the platform, which is finishing an order.