Spare Workspace is an Australia-based online marketplace that makes it easy for people looking for short-term workspace to connect with others that have a workspace to share.

This B2B product targets co-working spaces, serviced offices and private businesses with extra space as hosts and digital nomads, remote corporate employees and business travellers as guests.

With an already designed and developed platform Spare Workspace approached us wanting to take its design to the next level, making it cleaner, lighter, faster, and more characterful. They were unhappy with the look-and-feel and loading speed of the existing version and wanted to build a style guide that would ensure any future developments of the platform to be visually and brand consistent.

The site receives 50–70% mobile traffic so it is crucial for the user interface to be easily applicable to the responsive version.

Design and technology can work great together if they are aligned towards the goals set and for this project it was of utmost importance to cooperate closely and effectively with the project’s development partners.

ClientSpare Workspace Pty. Ltd.ServicesUI design, illustration, marketing and brand consultingAssociatesBorealis Agency (UX and development)

New look and feel

One of the most important and content heavy pages on the website is the listing page. On top of the content that was already there and had a functional UX there was something lacking that would give the whole platform character and communicate the edgy, community based young Australian brand.

To address this, apart from cleaning the UI design as much as possible by establishing clear visual hierarchy and lots of whitespace, we introduced illustrated office situations in the form of comics using the unique Australian humour. It was the eureka moment for all of us which will direct future brand communications alongside the functional user experience.

Digital styleguide

In order to ensure that all future development of the website is visually consistent and reflects the brand in a recognisable yet unique way, we designed the detailed UI style guidelines that will help developers implement the new situations much faster and easier. It covers everything from colours and typography to form styles, buttons, hover states and additional elements.

Main UI modules

After defining the new look-and-feel as well as designing the digital styleguide, we designed different reusable UI modules which are used throughout the platform. They serve as building blocks for numerous situations, making development faster, and the user experience intuitive and consistent.

“We’ve had our best quarter yet since the redesign, all thanks to to the team at Filburg!”

— Jake Dimarco, Spare Workspace CEO

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