Olas.io

Edtech startup focused on providing education and experience

Experience Opportunities

Olas.io provides education for students to help them enter new tech career fields. However, students often struggle to find opportunities to gain experience & show their skill set after taking classes in a boot camp environment. 

The challenge

Olas.io wanted to provide students with a project listing board to connect them with opportunities. Our team was tasked with designing the project board section of the app. I focused on the user dashboard, messaging, & notification systems. 

My Role

The team met with the client to define the scope of the project & the current website brand. We defined the user journey & then divided the work into four sections. My section was Phase 3 of the user journey focused on after the client had been accepted & how they contact the company. The project timeline was 10 weeks. 

Focus #1: User Dashboard

Problem

When the project was in the ideation phase, I realized there was no place where all of our sections linked up. The user profile, where user information is usually found, was currently more of a resume/area for employers to see.

Solution

I designed & implemented a user dashboard so that Julian would have a central location to see all their project board information. 

Evolution of a dashboard

Dashboard Final Design

Projects/Courses

  • Main menu: Switch view between Projects/Courses

  • Submenu: View projects based on Status

  • See more information by clicking any of the project listing cards

Badges/ Endorsement

  • Julian can view his three most recent badges

  • Julian can view his three most recent companies he has completed projects with and their skill endorsements of him

Challenges

  • Layout needed to be expandable for future use

  • Design changes in content 

Focus #2: Messaging/Notifications

User Journey Phase 3: Project Application Accepted is focused on what happens after Julian has submitted his application to a project and has been accepted.

Final Design:

Hi-fi Prototype

Key Takeaway 1

Design for sustainability: Working on a section of a website in progress, I had to keep in mind that most of the site was not created yet and think about how my design would work with future additions

Key Takeaway 2

Remote communication doesn't need to be hard: Working completely remotely was an initial challenge, however we made it work with strong communication across multiple platforms

Key Takeaway 3

Get client feedback early on: Running our early wireframes by the client saved us time by allowing up to fix things earlier instead of continuing to iterate on ideas that weren't what they envisioned. 

Challenges

The main challenge was designing an interface that could be expanded on in the future. Through discussions with the client and asking focused questions we were able to design with future needs in mind.