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Philippe Heckly
User Experience Designer

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Expensit – UX, App Design, Mobile

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Category — UX
Time — 3 weeks
Team — Philippe Heckly
Tools — Interview, rapid prototyping, user testing

Expensit

A mobile app for business travelers

What if there was an app to help freelancers traveling out-of-state on business track their daily allowance—also known as per-diem

Some of the screens as pencil sketches in the paper prototype I started with.

A quick overview of the screens showing the available interactions.

The problem

Tracking expenses is nobody’s idea of a fun. It is worse for Freelance contractors who have to track many and this mobile app proposes to help them.

The Federal Government stipulates that freelance contractors who often travel out of their home state for work are entitled to a daily stipend as reimbursement for their expenses—what is called a per-diem. That amount of money is based on cost of living and varies from city to city and even by time of year.

Because of all these variations it is hard to easily keep track of Per Diem. So any help to do so is greatly appreciated.

Harvest and Expensify do a great job at keeping track of expenses but kept short of per diem as it only concerns a small amount of freelancers and wasn’t included in their original scope.
GSA Pre Diem Tracker is provided by the government and is very efficient at providing per diem rates but that’s all it does.
Shoeboxed is a great way of keeping track of receipts and a great go-to place.

The Process

My preferred approach is the double diamond where research helps define many approaches which then get assessed and brought back into focus. Once this is defined the design process starts all over again to bring everything back together.

The problem

Tracking expenses is nobody’s idea of a fun. It is worse for Freelance contractors who have to track many and this mobile app proposes to help them.

The Federal Government stipulates that freelance contractors who often travel out of their home state for work are entitled to a daily stipend as reimbursement for their expenses—what is called a per-diem. That amount of money is based on cost of living and varies from city to city and even by time of year.

Because of all these variations it is hard to easily keep track of Per Diem. So any help to do so is greatly appreciated.

Harvest and Expensify do a great job at keeping track of expenses but kept short of per diem as it only concerns a small amount of freelancers and wasn’t included in their original scope.
GSA Pre Diem Tracker is provided by the government and is very efficient at providing per diem rates but that’s all it does.
Shoeboxed is a great way of keeping track of receipts and a great go-to place.

The Process

My preferred approach is the double diamond where research helps define many approaches which then get assessed and brought back into focus. Once this is defined the design process starts all over again to bring everything back together.

Though most of the time the process really feels like this:

Per Diem Mobile App

Expensit is an app to help freelancers traveling outside of their home state track their daily allowance—also known as per diem

Please note that I am presently in the process of updating the experience as it has been evolving from its initial conception and was in need of some updates.