Edtech startup focused on providing education and experience
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Main menu: Switch view between Projects/Courses
Submenu: View projects based on Status
See more information by clicking any of the project listing cards
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
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.
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.
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.