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Empowering Connections Between Event Hosts and Ticket Buyers


Brown Paper Tickets (spec-client)

My Roles

UX Writing, Mobile Design, User Research


3 UX Designers


10 Days


Brown Paper Tickets is a ticketing and event registration service that provides a platform for hosts to promote their events and attendees to buy tickets. My team was tasked with redesigning the brand’s existing desktop and mobile sites into a single responsive experience. In addition, the spec-client requested more options for hosts when creating their event pages, and an easier browsing experience for ticket buyers.


Connecting the site's two distinct user groups by optimizing their separate yet connected user flows


  • Event hosts feel stifled by the lack of options when creating events pages

  • Ticket buyers feel limited by the clunky, non-optimized mobile site when browsing, and confused/distrustful of the process’ migration to a new site upon checkout


  • Robust event creation options that allow hosts to create their events pages as desired

  • improved events categorization and search system that allows ticket buyers to more easily find events they’re interested in.

  • Encourage mobile browsing through social connectivity.


  • User Interviews

  • Affinity Mapping

  • Personas

  • Secondary Research

  • Wireframing

  • Sketching

  • User Testing


  • Figma

  • Paper + Pens

  • Miro

  • inDesign

  • Photoshop

  • Zoom


How Do Buyers Browse?

User Interviews and Secondary Research

After auditing the site as a team, we dove into interviews with current and prospective users of the Brown Paper Tickets site. These interviews were conducted by my teammates, who then brought their data for our collective synthesis. I also conducted secondary research via reviews and testimonials from ticket buyers using BPT or similar platforms. Insights were only gathered when reviewers mentioned specific features or aspects of browsing that informed their continued browsing or purchase decisions.

Key Insights

  • Users were often confused as to which category their desired event or event-type may fall under

  • Users want direct, immediate access to their tickets on purchase

  • Social connectivity is extremely important to users in this context. A friend's attendance or recommendation is often a prerequisite to a ticket purchase

Getting a Clearer Picture

Data Synthesis + Next Steps

After reviewing the data and mapping out users’ current journey for the site, we discovered the glaring pain points that must be addressed:

  • Mutually exclusive, highly specific categories

    • The specificity of categories confused users as to where their desired event type may fit. The mutual exclusivity of categories made browsing for specific, niche events difficult. 

  • A disconnected check-out experience

    • When attempting to purchase a ticket on mobile, the user is redirected from a mobile site back to the main/desktop version. Not only is this site not optimized for mobile, the transition prior to payment entry dissolves user trust.

  • No ticket access on-site

    • Users expect the ability to view their purchased tickets immediately upon purchase, and being made to wait (and hope) for an email dissolves trust.


Empowering Browsing

Information Architecture

In creating a new mobile experience, I began rethinking the site's information architecture, particularly in relation to our research findings.

  • All site content is user-generated. Users currently select from only highly specific categories to browse with no option to filter further by genre or category

  • This restrictive system can limit ticket buyers’ browsing experience

  • Instead of using highly specific sub-categories, we created high-level categories that can then be filtered down with multiple sub-genre and option criteria.

  • New sub-categories are not mutually exclusive, allowing users to browse highly niche selections

Redesigned Categories Menu
Existing BPT Drop Down Menu

Creating Connections

Social Functionality

Our initial user research indicated social connection as one of the largest motivating factors in purchase decisions for our audience. Because of this, we decided to implement social functionality within Brown Paper Tickets' site, geared towards the mobile experience.

  • Customizable profile allows users to connect with friends

  • Friends in attendance are displayed in events pages, informing users and enticing them to join in the fun


Where Are My Tickets?

Checkout Flow + Ticket Access

  • The site's original checkout process was clunky, disjointed, and occurred across two separate sites.

  • Users also expressed a desire to access their tickets immediately upon purchase

  • Direct access provides a trust factor, meeting users' expectations while reducing the risk of a trust break down


Updated checkout flow 

Creating Consistency

A Unified Experience

My designs for mobile were created in tandem with Laura, who designed the desktop experience. Sophie worked to keep our designs uniform with a design library that allowed us to scal identical elements to our respective designs.

  • The original mobile experience redirected users to the desktop site upon checkout

  • This shift confused users and damaged trust

  • Users were likely to abandon purchases when directed to a secondary site for payment

  • In creating a responsive site design, my team streamlined the checkout process to flow within one unified page



Validating Our Design

Usability Testing

Our team conducted 3 usability tests on both the mobile and desktop versions of our design. Testing validated our overall mobile design while highlighting some immediate areas for improvement.

  • SUS score of 95

  • Discovered need to rework the size of buttons' clickable area

  • Discovered user confusion surrounding ticket access, caused by unclear subheading

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Contextual Browsing

+ Social Connectivity

Wrapping Up

Following ​user insights lead to a mobile prototype that performed well. Refined information architecture created far more intuitive browsing that allowed users to tailor their experience to their tastes. Social connectivity met users' expectations and encouraged repeat use.

There are more revisions to be made, and several tweaks towards optimization. Overall, I found this to be a successful project where I was able to:

  • Collaborate with a team of designers

  • Lead UX Writing efforts

  • Sketch, design, wireframe, and prototype my mobile design

  • Conduct user research, synthesize data

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