Case Study: Schoolio

The Challenge

For this project, the challenge was to reinvent an outdated curriculum customization platform so that it would meet the real needs of K-12 teachers and students. It was old, cluttered with features, had poor usability, and was difficult to change because of legacy code and infrastructure. It also didn’t integrate well with Google Apps, which had been adopted by our school district partners.

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Case Study: NOAA Sea Ice Index

The Challenge

The NOAA Sea Ice Index website received lots of views, but had an extremely high bounce rate. It had loyal users because of the high quality content, including compelling data imagery and deeply researched writing. However, many visitors were leaving the site because it was so poorly organized.

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Case Study: Searchlight/Polaris Data Search

The Challenge

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) archives and distributes a vast amount of snow and ice related satellite data from NASA and other federal agencies. While most of this data was accessible through their website, there were a plethora of different interfaces and portals to choose from. Users had to be “in the know” about which specific grant or project was responsible for specific data sets in order to find them. This often left people confused and irritated. It also left the data buried where it’s value couldn’t be realized.

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Searchlight Mobile App

I created mock-ups to communicate a concept for a mobile version of the Searchlight/Polaris data search application. It included the ability to narrow your search to specific data sets, and make geographic selections on a map.

Mockup of the Searchlight Mobile App
Mockup of the Searchlight mobile app

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Schoolio Web Application

One of my favorite projects while working at NCAR/UCAR was designing and building an initial prototype for “Schoolio,” which was developed as part of a Google Design Sprint. For more on this project, see Case Study: Schoolio.

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Mockup for the Schoolio Web App Prototype

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Sea Ice Watch Mobile App

I created a concept and prototype for a mobile version of the NOAA Sea Ice Index called Sea Ice Watch. It included an easy-to-use image viewer for seeing daily and monthly sea ice browse imagery.

Sea Ice Watch Mobile Design
Mockup of the Sea Ice Watch mobile app

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Vanessa Bortnick Communications Website

I worked with Vanessa Bortnick Communications to create a beautiful custom WordPress theme that looks good on any device or platform, reflects the brand, and helps the business to stand out.

Responsive design for Vanessa Bortnick Communications
Responsive Design for Vanessa Bortnick Communications website

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The Privacy Guru Website

I worked with The Privacy Guru to create a beautiful custom WordPress theme that looks good on any device or platform, reflects the brand, and helps the business to stand out.

Responsive Design for The Privacy Guru

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LIBRE Website and Web Applications

I created a visually appealing and easy to use web site for Libre to promote their new suite of web applications. I was also responsible for Interaction Design, Usability Testing, and Visual Design for their PIC Badger and Data Caster tools.

LIBRE web site
LIBRE website

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Searchlight/Polaris Web Application

I created a range of UX and Visual Design deliverables for Searchlight/Polaris, which was an ambitious project to make all NSIDC data not only searchable through a single user interface, but to provide on-the-fly analysis and imagery.

Polaris Data Search web application
Mockup of Searchlight/Polaris Home screen

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