The first AIB banking app

Note: This may be an old project, but it’s one I’m still proud of.


In 2011, Allied Irish Bank (AIB) launched its first ever mobile banking app. As a member of the Online Retailing team, I was heavily involved in the app’s UI design and the writing of the functional specification document.


App-based banking was relatively new at the time (particularly in Ireland). The research phase involved analysing apps from US-based banks, which were leading the way in online banking (Bank of America, Wells Fargo, etc). I also explored apps that involved any form of financial transaction, e.g. Vodafone.

UI design

I designed the app’s user interface. I followed AIB’s Brand Guidelines closely, while also exploring new ways of presenting the brand online. Software used included Adobe Fireworks to create prototypes and design, and Adobe Illustrator for creating bespoke icons.

Writing the functional specification

The Functional Specification document mapped out the entire structure of the app prior to development. This pulled in the above research, as well as the results of early in-person user testing (using wireframes and mockups). I co-wrote the document and designed the wireframes.