Augmented Reality Concept for Shinola Personalization

I conducted extensive research on the Shinola brand and identified a significant issue related to its product personalization process. Despite Shinola's stellar reputation for craftsmanship, there was a notable challenge in its product personalization offerings. While they did provide engraving and personalization services, potential customers lacked the ability to preview these customizations before committing to a purchase. This lack of visualization likely hindered their purchasing decisions.

Moreover, Shinola's absence of a dedicated shopping app compounded the problem. With their desktop website being the primary online interface, there was a clear need for a more user-friendly and accessible platform for customers to browse and customize their purchases seamlessly.

In response to these challenges, I conceptualized and developed an Augmented Reality (AR) experience to revolutionize the product personalization process for Shinola. By leveraging AR technology, customers could now visualize their customizations in real-time, enhancing their shopping journey and increasing their confidence in their purchase decisions. Additionally, I created a comprehensive shopping app and user interface to provide a streamlined and immersive shopping experience for Shinola's customers, filling the gap in their online presence and ensuring a seamless transition from browsing to purchasing.

The Problem

The absence of a preview option for engravings and personalizations meant customers couldn't visualize the final product. This uncertainty hindered decision-making and potentially led to hesitancy in purchasing personalized Shinola items. Additionally, the lack of a dedicated shopping app limited the accessibility of their online offerings.

Research and Discovery

Conducted in-depth research into Shinola's products and the personalization process. Explored user reviews, market trends, and the competitive landscape to gain insights into customer expectations and industry standards.

Concept Development

I designed an innovative AR experience aimed at the iPad Pro 11-inch, leveraging the device's capabilities for an immersive and realistic preview of engravings and personalizations on Shinola products. Simultaneously, crafted a dedicated shopping app and UI based on Shinola's brand identity and ethos.

  • Real-time Visualization: Users can see a real-time, 3D preview of the chosen engravings or personalizations on their selected Shinola product.

  • Customization Options: The AR interface allows users to experiment with various fonts, sizes, and styles, providing a comprehensive customization experience.

  • Interactive Elements: Users can rotate, zoom, and interact with the virtual product to examine the personalization details from different angles.

  • Shopping App: Created a user-friendly shopping app with a seamless interface, mirroring Shinola's brand identity, to enhance accessibility and convenience for users.

Utilized AR development tools to bring the concept to life. Integrated the AR experience seamlessly into the crafted shopping app, ensuring a cohesive and delightful user journey.

The AR concept successfully addressed the problem of uncertainty in personalized product purchases, and the introduction of the shopping app expanded the brand's digital reach. Early user testing indicated increased confidence among shoppers, translating into higher conversion rates for personalized Shinola items.

This case study not only highlights the strategic application of Augmented Reality but also addresses the challenge of crafting a shopping app in the absence of one. The concepts presented align with Shinola's brand values and demonstrate a holistic approach to enhancing the digital shopping experience.