ComEd's Student Innovation Contest - Design Competition
Duration: December 2017
All-in-one solar energy production dashboard concept.
Design a web dashboard or app for solar users - Ideation phase (I).
I had a time limit of a month to ideate the dashboard. I preferred using traditional tools (sketchbook and stationery) to sketch my ideas.
SKETCHING & IDEATION
I studied the information visualization articles from Nielsen Norman group to come up with effective dashboard design. The dashboard design strongly advocates accessibility for diverse users ComEd currently has.
The information is conceptually visualized in the following ways:
- Bar graphs
- Line graphs
- Fusion of bar & line graph
- Fusion of line graph & area graph
- Comparison tables
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It was a learning experience and a challenge to solve a problem for ComEd. This challenge led me to take "Information Visualization & Infographic" class (major elective) as I wanted to learn better ways to come up with a well-designed data visualization.
The metrics I registered:
- I should've taken a user-centered design approach (user research, analysis, prototyping, evaluation) to come up with a strong design solution. In order to save time, I didn't. However, I could've dedicated my time from my vacation (December break) to successfully execute this project.
Did it proceed to the next phase?:
- I was ranked 8th under the leaderboard. If I were under 5, I had an opportunity to proceed to the next phase, i.e. implementation.