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simMarket Desktop App

Flight Simulation and more!

simMarket is a popular and well-known marketplace for flight simulation add-ons.

Client

simFlight

Year

2020 — 2022

Services

Project Management UI/UX Design Frontend Development API Integration

Technology

Vue.js Electron NodeJS

Challenge

Project Goals

simFlight wanted to create a desktop app that had all of the existing simMarket’s twenty-year old online shop’s functionality, combined with a new built-in installation process for add-ons: all wrapped-up with a modern look and intuitive navigation.

Project Goals
Project Goals

Design

Color Palette

We respected the brand’s legacy color palette: the blue and white combination that beautifully symbolizes a plane flying through the sky.

Visual Identity

Design

Components

We opted for a minimalist design approach and created a components library that served as the foundation for the app’s visual simplicity and clean design.

Components

Design

Grid System

In order to achieve a solid design layout, we used a simple 16 column grid with a 40px gutter that allowed each product card its own space. The grid allowed us to place text, images, and functions in a consistent way throughout the design, for all viewport sizes.

Grid System

Development

Tech Stack

This project was an amazing technical challenge because simMarket already had its mature Shop built on top of PHP with TWIG and we had to find a way to properly migrate all existing functionalities into an API for the App in order to build the new custom add-on Installer. We decided to build the App with Electron, which allowed us to build a cross-platform App with Vue.js under the hood for efficiency and speed. The API requirements were built in coordination with simMarket's backend team and we successfully integrated all the registration, login and purchasing flows in the App, while simultaneously improving the product management process with intuitive downloads and easy installations.

simMarket Desktop App Tech Stack demonstration

Browse

The main screen of an App sets the tone for its user experience: the Browse screen was carefully designed to create a dynamic feeling with real time updates, presented with a modern look.

Main Screen

Checkout

The purchase flow is intuitive and simple with 3 quick and easy steps: add to cart, billing information and lastly, payment.

Library

What makes the App stand out the most from simMarket’s existing Shop: users can download and install flight simulation add-ons directly in App, receiving continuous feedback and notifications throughout the installation process.

Vouchers

The flight simulation community is very generous: simMarket users can purchase vouchers to offer as gifts to friends. We created unique cards for each voucher so that they stand out from other App products.

Vouchers

Desktop App

Other Screens

Every screen is consistent with the defined structure and graphical elements, creating a seamless navigation experience.

Other Screens
Other Screens

Desktop App

Outcome

A Desktop App that honors and upgrades simMarket’s legacy style, while delivering a seamless, intuitive navigation for all users.

Outcome

Feedback

“We are a very international team in a company based in Germany. We hired Concealed to re-create our web shop in an app and were pleasantly surprised, not only by the result, but also by the flexibility, sympathy and enthusiasm shown during the development period. We also liked their tight workflow and the sensibility to understand our side and our business. We were so very pleased that we decided to contract Concealed to do another project for us”

Miguel Blaufuks, CEO, simMarket

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