National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Providing efficient access to specific and updated information about invasive species using the species list generator tool on the Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System (GLANSIS) website

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Sep - Nov 2023

Client facing project


UX Design

Scientific Research

The Problem

Context: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had come to us in hopes of improving their home page and one of the tools on the GLANSIS website. I chose to focus on the species generator tool for my project to create a usable interface with improved navigation and filtering.

Invasive species control project managers find it time consuming and difficult to to use the species list generator tool to filter through the different species or get some specific information. How might we make this process more efficient?

Design Decisions

What did I learn?

1. Empathising with limited resources: The client was our only way to get to know our users - researcher and invasive species control managers. I tried to build empathy for our users by asking a large number of questions to the client about the complaints they have received regarding the website from our users. Through in-depth conversation with the client, I was able to gain great insight into the pain points faced by the user while using the website.

2. Prioritising low fidelity work: I learned that keeping most of the work low fidelity when starting out makes it much easier to push changes after early usability testing. At the same time, I strove to keep my low fidelity work as organised as possible to be able to keep track of the progression of designs and easily push the new designs.