Every John Deere product includes an operator's manual full of incredibly useful information. Since they're so huge and complex, few people take the time to read them and learn how to get the most out of their equipment and how to keep it well-maintained. The GoApps strive to provide a personal and interactive experience, while distilling and organizing the most critical portions of a traditional operator's manual. These apps deliver content in step-by-step cards. Each card includes a high-resolution photo and text (written in plain english) to make it easy to educate novice operators about their machine.
Today, there are 12 GoApps. They support machinery from feller-bunchers to planters. The first GoApp (GoTill) was released in 2013, and a lot has changed in Deere's visual language and the mobile operating systems since then. When I started redesigning the GoApps, I made most of my decisions using years-worth of usage analytics along with usability testing. The new visual style inspired by Music and News from iOS 10. The new GoApp scales from the iPhone SE to the 12.9" iPad Pro, thanks to the latest iOS adaptivity techniques. The new GoApp design will be ready to release soon. Here's a sneak peek:
Existing vs new
The new design simplifies the interface, letting the content consume the whole screen. The app has been completely rewritten, and every screen has been redesigned to be straightforward and clutter-free.