Hey there! Today, I’m super excited to share some behind-the-scenes work on our iOS and Android apps. As you know, Patreon’s website got a big design update a few months ago, and I’ve been working on refreshing our mobile apps as well.
I know not every issue with the app can be fixed with new look. This is just the first step in making our app feel more modern and current, and will allow us to build great experiences on top of a strong foundation. The goal is to not only reflect the new website design, but begin improving the usability and experience overall. Headlines are bolder, text is larger, and there’s more breathing room all around to create better legibility and hierarchy at a quick glance.
Based on some conversations with creators, it sounds like posting (and Lens, for those that use it) is the most frequently used mobile feature. Because of that, we put content creation front and center as a floating button that is always available, no matter which tab you’re on.
Creator/patron mode switching
Additionally, an idea we’ve been exploring is building more focused experiences for managing your membership as a creator vs. consuming content as a patron. We’re considering having two sides of the app that you can switch between:
Creator mode: Patron activity // Posts // Messages (to your patrons)
Patron mode: Post feed // Search creators // Messages (to creators you pledge to)
Anyone without a creator account will only get this view
Quickly switch between modes via the side menu:
Curious to hear your thoughts:
- What are the app features you use the most?
- How often do you use the app currently?
- Would these changes impact the way you use the app?
- What do you think about switching modes to separate the creator and patron experiences?
- As a creator, how often do you currently use the mobile app as a patron (ie. checking in on other creators you pledge to or follow)?
As always, these are still a work in progress and not a guarantee of new features, but I’m more than happy to answer any questions or comments you might have in the thread. Thanks for reading!