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ArtSciLab at UT Dallas

The Collaborations Between Arts and Sciences

ArtSciLab site redesign

My role

Project leader
Design strategy
User research
Information architecture

Client

ArtSciLab at the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas

A research collaborative connecting the arts, science, and technology

ArtSciLab (ASL) develops applications in a studio-lab approach that include the creation of artworks, scientific research, technology development, and educational innovation.  It needed a holistic digital and physical redesign that shows its uniqueness as a platform for exciting projects.

Understanding the ArtSciLab's ecology

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Territory map

ASL is operating in a complex network of collaborators. The territory map is a helpful tool to establish ASL's network with other collaborators, academic establishments, and funding resources.

We created the ecology in a series of workshops setting that involved directors and available members. We were able to broaden the project space and help all members and collaborators to think beyond their own research areas.

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Interviews

At the discovery phase of this project, I conducted stakeholder interviews in order to get a better understanding of the ASL collaborators, accomplishments, what makes it distinctive, and its short-term and long-term future.

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Usability testing

Usability testing is a way to find out how well a system meets users needs whether that system is your product, a competitor's product, or even a completely manual process.

Formative tests

I run formative tests at the beginning of my design process (first diamond) so I can learn as much as I can about users worldview, the way they work, the language they use, and the pain points they experience.

Summative tests

Closer to release, summative usability testing helps me find out whether I created a user experience that fits with users' world view and helps them perform their tasks efficiently, effectively, and with high satisfaction.

Usability testing impact

By using a small number of people per round of testing, I can afford to run several usability tests as your product materials from prototype to the finished code.

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Provisional personas

The main goal of personas is to go beyond our personal opinions to understand what users truly need. Based on the interviews and workshops, we set up four provisional personas that referred to throughout the entire website development process.

Collaborators

The ASL emphasizes collaboration between artists and scientists. I relied on lab directors expertise to get a deeper understanding of potential collaborators.

Students

Current and future students bring many talents and skills while discovering and developing new ones. They are interested in learning and mentorship.

Employers

Potential employers are interested in lab members skills and projects. It is important to determine if ASL experience is relevant to a given career description, find a candidate bio, skills, research area, and projects they have been involved with.

Public

ASL has a strong interest in connecting with the public and the artistic community. It is important for the public to know about ASL, its projects, and form potential collaboration and enrollment.

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Information architecture

Workshops for territory map and provisional personas paid off. Visitors can now easily find more information about all aspects of any projects, find who has been working on each task and even directly contact the members.

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User journey

I devised four versions for the user journey of the same task based on our provisional personas and tested them with prototypes to find out which one works the best.

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Sketches and wireframes

At the beginning of the design process, we created a few low fidelity high resolutions sketches versions using paper and pen for testing purposes and held internal workshops for validation and improvement.


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