Sportsbet, one of the largest Australian’s online bookmaker, was looking for a solution to improve their current design documentation as the website was going through a complete reskin. I created a styleguide following Material Design guidelines to facilitate features’ development.

I also contributed to improve the design workflow among the team by creating useful Sketch libraries with powerful symbols. The outcome was very positive as we enabled advanced and junior designers to quickly create high-end mock-ups in a faster way, but more importantly ensure consistency across all departments. 

In addition to this, I was the lead designer on the user’s account section where I had to define the different journeys it involves, from creating a new dashboard to define user’s priorities and most important actions.

The Bet History is one of them, so buckle up and let’s dive into it!


The app faces a high exit rate due to a lack of functionality on the Bet/Transaction history page.


of customers first go to the Bet/Transaction History page


customers clicked to view Bet History Detail


customers exit the app from this page


By displaying the potential winnings and restructuring information, we improve clarity regarding fulfilment.

This reduces feelings of missing out on potential bets, meaning lower exit rate. Ultimately, the app’s lifetime value will increase.

Information Redesign

Since I was assigned to an ongoing project, I joined at a later stage (V2). My first instinct was to learn more about the history of this section (V1) and identify all changes made.

In order to develop further my learnings, I consulted user feedback resources.

"Why can u no longer see the point total or handicap lines in a placed multi bet?"

Will, 43M, experienced punter.

"I wish I could share a promising bet to my friends, so they can also benefit from the potential wins"

Geordie, 28M, amateur punter.


"How does the new Bets section compare with the previous version?"

Much Better

Moderately Better

About the Same

"Overall how easy is the updated Pending and Resulted bets page to use?"

Extremely Easy

Somewhat Easy

Neither Easy nor difficult

Competitor Analysis

To understand how a punter sets odds, accepts and places bets, I analysed the betting model of most commonly used bookmaking apps in Australia.

What I learned:

  • Most apps have a Sort functionality but no Filter
  • Simple detail view of a pending bet, but missing core information (i.e. event start time)
  • Cash out flow always populates a new screen with additional steps
  • Navigation is quite restricted 

Additional Data

I also connected with the data team intending to gain insights in terms of active times, betting habits and goals.

What I learned:

  • 75% of users keep track of their betting performance, but only 8% find it easy to do so 
  • The majority is using the app 1 or 2 days during the week, placing up to 4 bets per day
  • 98% of customers want to primarily keep track of wins and losses 

Understand bet-ter the Punters

Facilitate low effort choices throughout the journey

Make choices easier to reduce cognitive load: prominently display the potential winnings so customers don’t have to do maths.

Apply incentives to steer behaviour

Be specific towards visitors about what they could gain: focus on maximizing gain, which will seemingly increases conversions. 

Stuck customers are open to relevant guidance

Provide multiple ways to help users find the bet they need. 

Friction (negatively) impacts behaviour

By implementing a re-bet option it enables visitors to place multi's which reduces friction.


Throughout this project, I focused on initiatives that would improve efficiency and create a more coherent user experience. Working closely with the Engineering team, I developed loops of feedback, but also conducted weekly design reviews with the Experience Design team.

Giving customers the ability to set notifications for resulted bets

Insights taught me that +100,000 users enable reminders in their settings. Customers will use ‘Race/Event Reminder’ more if it is a function to select in Pending Bets, which as a result will increase engagement.

This is also an opportunity to get customers back into the app to integrate with Share a bet (see next section).

Share a bet

I discovered that the number of bets shared by 20% of active android customers since May 2017 is 163,036, with an average of 5 bets placed per user. If we extrapolate the ‘20% of Actives’ to the iOS active base, this equated to 127k customers.

By adding to bet slip a functionality (link for email and SMS) to make it easy for receipts to add the shared bet to their betslip, we can drive reactivates and turnover considerably. 

Integrating a quick link to watch live streams and race replays

Approximately 65% of customers who streamed horse racing events placed a bet within the same session.

Making streaming/replay navigation easier and quicker will increase overall usage of streams and add a new level of excitement for users.

UI Treatment To reduce Cognitive load

When going through screen recordings and previous user test results, I spotted UI improvements the section needed:

  • Add label to “Potential Winnings” for clarity
  • Improve icons styles and placement
  • Enhance colour coded states

Project Learnings

Adapting to local customs

From my experience living in Australia, people don’t confront as much as other countries I’ve been used working in. As a result, some valuable feedback would be delivered later and impact the whole scope.

Usability: conducting equal sessions is essential for fair results

During a user test, I suggested applying design changes on the go/in between sessions based on previous comments. While it sounded good at first, I didn't consider it would negatively affect results. As a result, these quick updates would not be able to provide an equal experience for participants, resulting in nuanced feedback.

I also conducted various workshops to improve the team’s design workflow by creating useful Sketch libraries with powerful symbols. The outcome was very positive as we enabled advanced and junior designers to quickly create high-end mock-ups in a faster way, but more importantly ensure consistency across all departments.

As I was the styleguide gatekeeper, I was the point of contact for any request designers or stakeholders would have. Being the go-to person is something I like to embrace, as it shows the trust a team/manager can put on me.