Queens Historical Society

 

About the Project

At the beginning of the semester we were broken up into groups and asked to tackle redesigning the Queens Historical Society website. In my group, each of us identify key issues within the website, these key issues helped us design a more friendly website using the following procedure.

 

Current Design

        

 

Upon looking at the Queens Historical Society website some of the key issues are the double navigation bars, the non-interactive slider, the follow of content and the heavy text content located on the first page.… Continue Reading »

Design Story: Queens Historical Society

Design Story: QHS Redesign Project

QUEENS HISTORICAL SOCIETY SITE REDESIGN

ABOUT THE PROJECT

MAJR Queens was contracted to complete a user-centered redesign of the Queens Historical Society (QHS) website emphasizing an improved user experience and responsive, multi-platform design.  The  4-month project generated several deliverables which supported efforts to understand users, structure content and design the final  prototypes. –Jo Polanco, UX Research

CHALLENGES

The QHS is a repository of collections on the history of Queens and Long Island housed in an 18th century homestead building.  Continue Reading »

Design Story for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

 

Group: Arushi, Julie, Alexa, Krissy.

The Challenge:

Our group had the opportunity to reimagine a new website for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. The goal was to research users and analyze content to create a prototype we feel best serves the Intrepid mission while giving users a flawless and consistent experience.… Continue Reading »

Design Story: Intreprid Sea, Air & Space Museum Website

Design Story: Chimera Calendar App

By Kristen Droesch & Lily Martin, Spring 2017

For our Advanced UX Design course, we were charged with developing and prototyping a new calendar system.

We kicked off our project by selecting the user group we were most interested in designing for, eventually settling on arts and media freelancers. To boil down the essential needs of our users, we identified key traits we knew to be common among arts and media freelancers, as we are both well-acquainted with multiple freelancers ourselves and have witnessed roadblocks to their productivity on many occasions.Continue Reading »

A Redesign Proposal for the Voorheesville Public Library Website

In order to propose a redesign for the Voorheesville Public Library’s website, we conducted a user-centered review, test, and analysis of the information architecture and interactive design of the site. It appeared to be clogged with duplicated content in an overly complex structure, and was not adapted for mobile. Our goals were to conduct research and design a more effective user experience for desktop and mobile platforms, in interactive prototypes.… Continue Reading »

Greenpoint-Williamsburg ToxiCity Map Usability Study

toxicity map screenshotIn Spring 2016, a team of students from my Usability Theory & Practice course (LIS 644) at Pratt Institute conducted a usability study of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg ToxiCity Map, a project collaboration between Neighbors for Allied Growth (NAG) and Pratt Institute’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI).

Student Team: Kerry Elkins, Ian Knight, Abigail Purcell

Download Full Report: Greenpoint-Williamsburg ToxiCity Map User Testing Report 2016-05-14 (PDF)

Our Streets, Our Stories: A Case Study

The Concept

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Our Streets, Our Stories is an ongoing oral history project run by the Brooklyn Public Library. The program aims to collect the personal stories of community residents throughout Brooklyn neighborhoods through recorded interviews.

As an Our Streets, Our Stories volunteer responsible for conducting interviews, I initially set out to design a web-based solution for making the audio recording process easier for volunteers such as myself.… Continue Reading »

iSo Tones: A Case Study

iSo Tones is a mobile music app for students, instructors, and music enthusiasts. It isolates and plays back the different layers of a track. The app also allows users to record themselves singing, or playing, whatever a particular layer and send that recording to friends and instructors for feedback.

Initial Research: User Groups

After conducting a competitive analysis of current music apps with similar functions, informal interviews were conducted with users who are active participants in formal music groups.… Continue Reading »