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New Stanford Mobile Design Driven by Student Input

Friday, November 1, 2019

Move over, Instagram and Spotify: The Stanford Mobile app aims to find its place as one of the top-used apps on campus.

Maybe that’s setting the bar a little high, but University IT’s (UIT) student discovery efforts for Stanford Mobile, one of the CIO Council strategic initiatives, has the goal to learn more about Stanford students — what they love about their mobile device experiences, how they use their favorite apps, and what campus information they regularly access. Several weeks of student surveys, interviews, and other engagement efforts have helped to uncover much of that information and prepared the Stanford Mobile team for their next rounds of student research.

This student discovery, coupled with iterative testing and development, laid the groundwork for UIT’s first major update to the app on Oct. 28 — a beautiful new Stanford Mobile home screen experience with intuitive navigation, content prioritization, and modern design elements. 

What’s new in the app?

When you open the app, here are a few things to note about the new home screen: 

  • Organized and prioritized content: Seamlessly view safety information, the campus map, courses, shuttle, and parking information with easily scrollable navigation.
  • Dining options: Quickly access dining locations and their hours of operation.
  • Events and news: Browse, search, and bookmark campus events and featured Stanford News stories.

Design deep dive

Curious about the design changes on the new home screen? Read more about them and how they enhance mobile functionality from the perspective of the Stanford Mobile Product Manager Joe Knox in his UIT Blog post.

You can follow all Stanford Mobile app updates on the Stanford Mobile Release Notes page.

Learn more about the Stanford Mobile initiative

Sponsored by the Stanford CIO Council, the Stanford Mobile initiative is one of many IT community efforts to improve the student experience across various information systems. UIT began managing the development of Stanford Mobile earlier this year. Previously, the app was managed by University Communications, who remains a UIT advisor on enhancement efforts.



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