Yinan Qiu

Email App

Email app for busy people designed by Yinan Qiu


Email App

College Project (one teammate, same roles)   •   May 2014 (visual design updated in June 2017)   •   Tools: Sketch, Pop, Marvel



Make overwhelming inbox easy to process for busy people.




Provide Time Estimates
Estimated Effort requires senders to provide recipients with time estimate of each email's task.


Speed Up Frequent Actions
By opening emails in-place, frequent action buttons are kept in the same tap area as the email cell prior to opening. Over time, users can do “blind” double-tap to rapidly perform their most frequent actions.
(Untested risk: “blind” double-tap is not easy enough, never actually gets learned naturally over time.)


Integrate With Calendar
Calendar leverages Estimated Effort as default duration and assists time-conscious inbox processing.


Explorations & Iterations



The design is successful if it leads to: