Project Type: Design Challenge

Role: UX Researcher, UX/UI Designer

Timeline: 3 Days

Artifacts: Research, Grayscale Wireframes, Suggested Solutions

Tools: Figma, Lucid Chart

Skills + Methods: Competitive Analysis, Website Analysis, Experimenting, UX + UI Design


Improve the current design of the Dolls Kill site, to increase conversion through product recommendations.


Initial Thoughts

To kick things off I went to the Dolls Kill website to analyze the current state. I wanted to get a sense of the user's journey of searching for an item and adding it to the cart. Throughout my initial analysis, I sought opportunities where product recommendations could fit in to create an effortless path to conversion. To put myself in the shoes of a Dolls Skill Customer I followed this task flow: 


How Might We

Establishing an HMW question allowed me to create a framework to ideate potential solutions

How might we, implement product recommendations on the Dolls Kill website so that we can provide a non-overwhelming experience influencing users to become more likely to complete conversion?

By giving the user product recommendations and simplifying the task flow to conversion (ex: allowing the user to add an item to cart straight from the home page) we will NOT overwhelm the customer resulting in an INCREASE of conversion. Everything is interconnected. By creating a more seamless experience while promoting product recommendations, we would increase conversion and could potentially increase the average total a customer spends.


Secondary Research

To dive deeper into the rabbit hole of product recommendations, I took the time to research all the possible ways one could incorporate them into their site. 


Competitive Analysis

Once I gained an understanding of all the possible ways product recommendations could be seen, I looked to potential Dolls Kill Competitors to see what product recommendation styles they utilized. I took note of the things that I found innovative and useful


To Keep in Mind

  • Make it a fun and enjoyable experience
  • Inspire users to want to try out a new style or outfit
  • Make the process of adding an item to the cart easy as possible (soon as user enters site)
  • Take advantage of all the opportunities to intervene with product reccomendations


To translate my future recommendations for Dolls Kill, while keeping the time constraint of 3 days in mind, I built out some rough grayscale wireframes to provide a visual of my intentions. There are a lot of great opportunities to implement product recommendations to increase conversion. When I was drawing these up, I kept in mind my previous initial analysis and any inspiration I have gathered from what is currently being implemented currently in the market. The new areas I have added are highlighted in green.

Landing Page

With this design, you would still be able to keep the aesthetic of big editorial photos and lots of colors. The difference is that now the user can easily see what the top categories are right now all in one glance. The user can also scan popular looks within those categories and instantly add them to their cart right away. This can also inspire new looks. Dolls Skill does a lot of fun collaborations with other brands, this is something you want to take advantage of.


Search Results

When a user searches for an item I find it to be a great opportunity to suggest products to them that would enhance their search. Allowing them to filter by best sellers and sale items only increases the chance of them adding more to their total cart. If they are searching for an item there is a high chance they are in need of a complimentary item. The section at the top of “also viewed” is helpful for this right off the bat.


Product/Item Page

The original product page had a lengthy scroll (4+ rows) to display products to “also check out”. I decided to limit recommendations to 3 rows and 3 specific categories of product recommendations. So that the user can scroll through them in a carousel fashion. This allows them to focus on one category at a time and not get overwhelmed. Simple tweaking in the category descriptions can draw users in as well.



Because the main focus here is to complete conversion I didn’t want to add too much but also not miss out on an opportunity to influence the user to add at least one more item. It can either be best-selling items, complementary items to what is already being purchased, or recently viewed items that the user showed interest in.




Now we know that we cannot fix things all at once we have to prioritize our tasks so that we can focus on one thing at a time. I organized each project into a priority matrix this way we can see can scale items based on the effort required to fix as well as the impact on design.


I prioritized the checkout page first because it had the least changes so it would be the least effort to tweak and to get that one out of the way. The homepage is second because although it may be the most work it definitely is the most impactful. Then the rest will follow.


Other Considerations

All of these changes if implemented could be great but how would we know that our improvements are actually improving things? We would need to conduct studies and analyze metrics to really get a sense of how our implementation of product recommendations is impacting conversion rates. We can look at:


Selected Works

SYNCCase Study



DOLLS KILLDesign Challenge

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