The project requires you, working individually, to analyse and test the information architecture and content of an existing site.While you will not have knowledge of the entire content strategy at work, the effectiveness of this strategy will be reflected in the quality of the content on the site (text content, language used on labels, tone of voice, consistency writing style, etc.).
There were a number of iterations of the UI design over the final stages of the project.
In the medium-fidelity prototype stage, on the app homescreen, the design showed more elements – category headings had icons, and each story tile had a Like and Download button. As the design moved into the high-fidelity stage, and real photographs were used instead of placeholders, it was clear these elements were adding clutter unnecessarily. As a result the Like and Download buttons were moved into an overflow menu, accessed on the top right-hand-side of each tile. Read On >>Section 7 – High Fidelity Interactive Prototype
The persona created, Jenny Miller, was based on the user survey – a tech savvy female, aged 33 and a frequent user of social media. Jenny travels regularly and is an avid amateur photographer. Jenny would be both a contributor to, and consumer of, app content. Read On >>Section 5 -Personas
Two forms of research were initially undertaken. The first was a round of competitor analysis, and the second was a survey. The competitor analysis initially focused on tourism-related apps and was extended to in include social media apps at a later stage. Read On >>Section 3 – Research
We have observed that there is no current means of sharing a user’s experiences. This is preventing others from accessing and benefitting from that knowledge. We plan on improving that by producing an app that will allow users record related written, photographic, audio and video media, easily, and by making it easliy accessible by others.
This project is part of year two of the PgDip in User Experience Design, in the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Dun Laoghaire. The project context is:
New York Connects Resource Directory is portal, designed and built for the New York State Office for the Aging. It allows users source unbiased information about long and short-term supports in New York State, for people of all ages, and with any sort of disability. Information can be found via a keyword search, a guided search, and by browsing categories. A logged-in section allows registered users save searches and download personalised support plans.
This portal is built to AA accessibility standards, and is fully responsive.