Abhinit Parelkar - UX/Interaction Designer

Student Innovation Contest

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ComEd's Student Innovation Contest - Design Competition

Duration: December 2017

Role: Concept Designer


All-in-one solar energy production dashboard concept.



Solar customers do not have a simple, all-in-one, way to see their solar energy production and how it directly affects their energy consumption and monthly bill.
— ComEd
Current solar adopters use multiple third-party services to view relevant account information, track credits, and see accurate performance data for their rooftop solar systems. They are left to consolidate this information on their own to try to learn the value of their investment. We believe solar adoption would increase and the user experience would be dramatically improved if we address this problem.
— ComEd


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.



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






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.

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.



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