Healthy Food Plans for Employees
Terrace Designs Updated Monj.com User Experience
Terrace creates Version 2.0 user experience design to launch Monj’s latest features
Part of a growing $8 billion wellness market industry, Monj.com is an online platform centered around cooking and healthy living. Marketed to mid-sized companies ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 employees, Monj is offered as a wellness
benefit, meant to be engaging and fun. Featuring gamification and ways to earn badges, the tool offers opportunities to learn cooking tips and tricks, view helpful how-to videos, and share experiences with family and friends.
After the successful launch of Monj 1.0, they planned to update the app with additional content and new features. The three new features would include: Power up, or one-minute how-to videos on adding something healthy to meals,
Essential mini-lessons (e.g., how to buy a knife, what types of oils to use, how to eat while you’re traveling), and Social Challenges where participants cook together in teams, making it social and fun.
The Monj team wanted a creative and smart UX/UI design firm to architect the revisions prior to a pre-determined launch date. Of six potential candidates, they narrowed the selection to three finalists including Terrace.
Monj selected Terrace because of the positive experiences they had in the past. “There’s just that level of trust you have going with them,” noted Steve Harshbarger. “They also know the development side. Being a development firm, great
attention was made to ensure that components and design were reused amongst the pages and thought about in a modular way. They were thinking ahead to an efficient way to develop it.”
The online cooking and wellness platform, Monj.com, wanted to expand its content and add several new features. Monj needed a User Experience / User Interface designer with aesthetics and experience for designing an engaging and interactive
app. One of six prospects, Terrace was selected based on prior work with Monj along with a strong plan for translating the Monj vision into an actionable user experience design.
Working to meet a tight deadline, Terrace created the wireframes and final high resolution screen designs to be implemented by the Monj development team.
Ionic and Sketch
“Terrace is pragmatic and action oriented — a positive thing. I was pleasantly surprised at how crisp and clean and beautiful the visuals were! They did have a kind of high quality, artful component I was looking for.”
Monj is a digital platform to help prevent chronic disease by addressing both the ways people eat and their relationship with food. The platform provides more than teaching cooking skills. In fact, it focuses on making good food choices,
enjoying this part of your life, and engaging employees and their family, friends, and colleagues in a fun, immersive learning experience. As part of the food and nutrition category of an overall wellness program, Monj joins a
host of familiar programs offered to employees, including diabetes prevention programs, fitness challenge programs, and smoking cessation programs.
The Terrace Process
Terrace + Monj
Going into the design process, our designers worked through the challenges of meeting an immovable launch date and implementing what the Monj team envisioned.
- Through a series of on-site and remote learning sessions, Monj shared their requirements and vision with Terrace.
- Together, through an iterative design process, our teams worked through that included reusable layouts for user engagement and interactivity as well as design elements such as interactive patterns, color, and typography.
- Working UX wireframes were developed into high-fidelity screen displays for development. The high-resolution PDFs were transferred to the Monj internal development team and several follow-up meetings to refine details prior to
“The jump from version 1 to 2 is a huge advance for us. We constantly get compliments on the visual design, the production value, and how beautiful the site looks. That’s really good to hear.”