OVERVIEW

Brought on half-way through the project, I had 5 weeks to figure out a powerful but intuitive design that would allow the client to easily create effective, informative and personalized business assessment tools for their customers.

CHALLENGEs

  • tight 5-week time frame

  • because I came in halfway through, I had not been directly exposed to information gathered in the Discovery Phase

  • I was the primary designer and creator

  • learning Axure in-situ

  • the clickable prototype included implementation of relatively complex logical processes and multi-layered hierarchical structures

MY ROLE

I was the main designer for the structure, UI and deliverables (wireframe and clickable prototype).  I worked in tandem with an experienced Art Director.


early interaction sketches

more early sketches

Some possible screen flows

Possible tab configuration

Developing 'Questions' config

Flexible grading system

Results layout

Suggestions page

Jumping into a project halfway along its life course is always a daunting experience.  I had a lot of catching up to do, in a short timespan.

We began with bringing me up to speed including a few stakeholder interviews and content analyses.  

Fortunately for me, a high-level information architecture format had already begun to take shape.  So my main goal was to figure out the most effective structure, hierarchy, flow and prioritization of the content.

One of the most important considerations was that the user in this instance, was also the client.  We were designing a template-like self-evaluation system that would be offered as a service to a variety of businesses and divisions, so needed to be fluid, yet thoroughly robust.

The wireframe development helped me get a sense for the necessary elements that would tie the creation together.  Throwing it all into Axure, I was able to refine the process flow as I built out the logic for the UI.

Implementing persistent, hierarchical navigation menus, I began to create a flow for the user that would allow them to easily follow the process for creating individualized tests for their clients.

The final clickable prototype showcased a full spectrum of customizability, including functional mathematical coordinates, various collapsible accordion options, and a master slide-in menu for easy universal navigation.  I also built a replication of the mockup, allowing the user to preview their creation at any time.
 

TAKEAWAYS

This project offered me a great opportunity to dive in and untangle some rich levels of complexity, all while learning the intricate and logical language of Axure.

Upon completion, I had:

  • developed a practical and empowering information architecture presented in wireframe format
  • refined a relatively complicated hierarchical navigational flow suited to the technical savvy of the users that effectively led a user through the steps to completing a powerful project
  • acquired a fluency with the complex logic processes and functions of Axure
  • effectively solidified a complex, abstract system of requirements into a final intuitive user interface
  • offer a final product that met with universal praise from a very high-level client

If I had more time, I would:

  • Continue to refine the UI and simplify the presentation of the main offerings
  • Finish the full interactive clickability of the prototype in Axure
  • Expand and build out the mockup presentation of the completed project
  • Create the actual final mockup of the project itself