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(Marcus Nailor, Hot Coral Detective) #1

What do you notice about this image?

It’s an Android device?
It’s got a blue balance?
It’s got a Pulse Graph?
It’s got 5 buttons along the bottom?

The last one is the closest hint :wink:

The slide-out / hamburger menu for Android might disappear this year!

This says a fair bit for the navigation plans on Monzo, keeping both Android and iOS more inline with each other perhaps. But it means Monzo seems to be aiming to refine the user experience into 5 easily accessible, easily clickable tabs across the bottom of the app.

How does everyone feel about this (potential) change?

  • Love it :heart:!
  • Hate it :confused:!

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Love it as I’m an iOS user so I prefer this iOS-style layout, but at the same time I like apps who follow the platform’s conventions (in this case to be more like Android) so not sure how I feel about it…


Blue text on a dark background.

Has society not learnt anything? :thinking:

(Marcus Nailor, Hot Coral Detective) #4

Did you use just black text on a white background? :thinking:

So 2017 :smirk:


My point is usability.

Blue text on dark background is what people did on the internet in the late 90s. It didn’t work as it’s difficult to read.

When Zendesk released their iPad app (original iPad) they used mid-grey icons on dark-grey background. Anything below 50% screen brightness and you couldn’t see the icons on the screen.

There are some important usability issues here. I suspect that this has come about from having a design team that is predominantly young.

(Marcus Nailor, Hot Coral Detective) #6

There’s no guarantee that this is what Monzo will do, it’s just a mockup :slight_smile:

And I was just poking fun with my comment :wink:

I agree, the current white on blue looks great IMO, they should stick with that! The shade of blue used makes me feel like it might turn that colour upon interaction, i.e. it matches the blue dot on the Pulse Graph! So it could be "your balance was £888.97 at point y and when it’s not being interacted with, it might be white :slight_smile:

Just complete guesses at this stage - but Monzo will see all of our feedback and take in onboard :smiley:


It’s just that I see the same mistakes being made now that we’re made 20 years ago. I can only imagine that more experienced (older) people are poorly represented in the development of the product.


I would hope that something WCAG guidelines along with a colour checker like

and colour blindness simulator like

are used to manually test accessibility by designers.

@hugo, any insights?

(Andy Little) #9

I like the slide out menu. It keeps things in like with how most android apps work. With the notable exceptions of Spotify and HSBC.

(Tony Hoyle) #10

Obvious things are no app/tab title, which makes it look very odd (could just be a photoshop snafu).

If you get rid of the drawer you lose a place to put settings. Account is already cluttered and probably needs breaking down (into 3 tabs, account, card, pots) and monzo is going to add budgeting, statements… Some of what’s in accounts now could be put in the drawer as it’s not primary UI (you’re not requesting your pin or changing your overdraft every day, for example) and simplify it back to 2* screens.

TBH It’s suffering a bit from adding features slowly. If monzo already had all the things that they were going to add they could make a good UI that worked well straight away, but what has happened is they’ve started with a simple topup card UI and bolted things on bit by bit, and it’s in danger of running away with them a bit…

* pots are going to get a lot more complex and will need their own interactions esp. if they get virtual card numbers.


personally i dislike the blue on black.

also blue is a problem in the colour spectrum as it has a focal point at a distance from the retina which is different to all other colours


Has the number of tabs been considered for device size?

5 tabs can get pretty tight on older iPhones / small Android devices, I’ve recently had to re-adjust some of my own apps to use menus to overcome this issue.

(Adam Kendrew) #13

I think the pulse looks better being on top, rather than below the balances like it is on iOS.

(Alex Sherwood) #14

I like it, iOS users haven’t ever had a burger menu & it’s not caused any issues for me :slight_smile: I expect removing that menu will help with discoverability of features, which is why the navigation menu was removed too :+1:

I don’t think we need to worry about the blue on a dark background, we know that Monzo checks for accessibility issues in their designs. So if it’s a problem, I’m sure they’ll change it.

(Hugo Cornejo) #15

They are indeed, it’s part of our workflow.

What I would always recommend is to not try to judge contrast on a mockup screenshot you’re probably seeing from a computer. Phone screens are quite particular and much more vulnerable to changes of lighting conditions and glares, so we test our designs on devices and that’s how we evaluate if something is “good enough” (not strong WCAG-style checks yet I’m afraid). Maybe in the future :slight_smile:

(Frank) #16

I agree the account tab is starting to get very busy. I know it’s old skool but having a list of accounts and pots as the home screen feels more natural. Then dig into the account/pot you want. Or force touch/swipe etc for quick info. Less is more :sunglasses::man_shrugging:t2:


I’m afraid I find your comment quite dismissive. Just because you don’t perceive it to be a problem does not mean this sort of design is not a problem for many users of technology.

I thought Monzo worked hard to be inclusive? :thinking:

I was viewing it on an iPhone X, possibly one of the better screens about at the moment. Fact remains, dark blue on a dark grey or black background is not good.

(Alex Sherwood) #18

Please don’t take my quotes out of context. This is what I said -

Which Hugo’s now confirmed.

(Allie) #19

Is this something you’ll be required to implement to launch in the US? When I lived in the US, I worked at a university and this was a massive deal for legal compliance, but I’m not sure if that’s the law generally - or only because we received government money (so we had to comply with the whole VPAT thing).


If that’s really the case, I’m surprised to see it reach a publicised mock-up.

After all, why mock up something that would never be used a in an accessible finished design?