Catch Up FeatureView on the USA Today app
The USA Today native app serves thousands of loyal users a day, but many don't always have the time to read full articles and simply want to get caught up on the news. The product team desired a feature that would allow users to quickly catch up on the days' news.
The solution was Catch Up; a feature that allows users to see the headline and first paragraph of a set of articles. Users who are in a hurry are able to get a summary of the news by swiping through the stories, while more committed users can click into the articles and navigate through stories as they normally would.
Creating a prototype was essential for both the product and development teams. The product team needed to understand how the feature would flow with the rest of the app, while developers used the prototype to understand the desired timing and interactions.