SciCrunch

The capstone project to end all projects. This year-long search portal re-design was intensive and rewarding. As a group of 3 teammates, we got hands-on experience working with a remote client and designed changes for a portal that gets used every day by professional biologists, publishing professors and PhD students. The changes displayed below come from months of competitor research, user research, and lots of user testing and validation. While the designs and changes are nuanced, the results showed profound improvement of use.

Original
Version 1: Playing with shapes
Version 2: Playing with color
Version 3: Inspiration from the Google search
Version 4: Using shape, color, and an easy-to-use drop down menu to create a more fluid search process

Poshmark

Over the course of a semester-long group project, I have completed various usability testing techniques. This project displays my classroom experience with user testing, interviewing, user flows and more. From rough drafts for a competitive analysis to a final affinity map of interview themes, we’ve put the Poshmark users at the forefront of this project.

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Our affinity map to code themes from interviews with Poshmark users

Happenings

“Happenings” is an app that a team and I designed to connect students to clubs and events happening on campus, without having to go through the hassle and stress of the student org fair. Using Figma, I designed and prototyped my own ideas for the app to start wireframing. The second image shows the interactions that were prototyped between each screen. You can click through them on your own by following this link

Ultimately, my team designed the final product using the Adobe suite. I was in charge of prototyping the app using InVision. You can click through that prototype and look at the screens and interactions here.

Parlor

A side project idea that came to me in the middle of the night.

“A private Twitter for families” is how I have described this dream to friends. The idea is to give families with younger children a way to communicate without needing to provide the child with a cell phone. I want to provide the space to communicate more efficiently than a large family group chat often be, and with more freedom than having to constantly text updates or have parents following a geo-location.

The home screen is a news feed of sorts, showing all family members’ status updates and locations.
When writing a status update, you are able to turn on a “reply” function so that family members can quickly reply to your status if it is warranted.
The messaging feature allows family members to reply to status updates, as well as send and request location.

When it comes to tech-savvy parents, I know that many kids in elementary school and middle school have their own smart technology. They are used to devices like a personal iPad, iPod Touch, and usually have access to computers in their schools and at home, but might be too young to have their own fully-functioning smart phone. This app (and future website) is to provide a space to share “status updates” as well as location so that parents don’t have to try to get a hold of their child 24/7, and kids know what their parents are up to throughout the day. There is also a space to message back and forth amongst the family members for more direct communication. The design and ideas are all, of course, still a work in progress. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!