AGE VERIFICATION AND DATE TOOL
(proof of concept)

Role/Contributions: Designer, Concept
Tools & Technology: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Date (Year): 2016

Age Verification and Date tools are common fixtures on the internet but, owing to the variety of possible data to be collected (twelve months, up to 31 days, and as much as a century’s worth of years or more), the date selection process is far smoother on tablet, laptop and desktop devices than on smartphones using default OS tools.

As many as two billion smartphone users are active on a daily basis, and regularly encounter either age verification, birthdate or other date selection requests from assorted online services.

Default operating system date selection tools – primarily dropdown and text entry – are optimized for use via smartphone, but involve inevitable pain points:

  • Switching between the live state of the referring site and the default OS control
  • Multiple instances of scrolling, tap, and keyboard use
  • Limited visibility, particularly on landscape orientation

The intent of this Age Verification and Date Selection tool is to utilize the full screen smartphone experience, reduce excess touchscreen interaction, and create a smoother experience more consistent with touchscreen ease-of-use.

 


DESIGN

The Age Verification and Date tool creates an in-flow process for selecting dates. This streamlines the process of running through the data. The "tap" and "Swipe" are already more prominent and useful tools for navigating a smartphone interface, while use of the keyboard or built-in UI controls requires switching entry methods and generally involve more "chaff" in entering the data.

The Age Verification and Date tool relies exclusively on visible targets presented in a clear, linear progression:

Likewise, the Age Verification and Date tool uses a consistent interface, as opposed to the variance between UI when using the native OS tools:

Keyboard and Dropdown UI from the native Android OS.

Keyboard and Dropdown UI from the native Android OS.

Consistent "tap" and "swipe" functions on Age Verification and Date tool.

Consistent "tap" and "swipe" functions on Age Verification and Date tool.


Metrics

Test case scenarios focused on four hypothetical users of varying ages, and the number of interactions (click/scroll/tab) of three forms of data entry: Native OS controls (Native OS), Text and Tab (Text/Tab), and the Age Verification and Date tool (AVaD) .

The hypothetical users were:

 

Findings

On average, the Age Verification and Date tool saved 3.75 interactions against use of the Native OS menus, and 4.75 interactions against use of Text and Tab, across the test sample. Built-in Submit, Next and Back controls included in the UI obviated the need to refer back to the source document. This saves additional time and effort, and reduces confusion in the UI. 


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