A visual and interactive web browser experience that
makes exploring the HistoryMakers archive fun.
The HistoryMakers, Chicago
African American History
Adobe Ps, Ae, Xd & Pr, Maya,
Figma, WCAG Color, G-Drive
Shiwen Jiang - UX/UI Designer
Anjali Shah - Producer, UX/UI Designer
Siqi Wang - Back End Developer
Yue Yuan - UI Designer
Lauren Zhang - Front End Developer
14 weeks, Jan-May 2021
In the Spring semester of 2021, I got the opportunity to work on a student team to deliver a semester-long project for a client. The team is called Archive Dive, which is a team of 5 graduate students consisting of 1 producer, 2 UX/UI designers and 2 programmers. I was the producer and UX/UI designer on the team and mainly responsible for managing the project, conducting user research and designing the UI.
Our client, The HistoryMakers contains a digital archive of over 150000 stories from over 3000+ African Americans in the form of first-person video oral history testimony interviews. The goal of our project is to deliver a visual, interactive web browser experience that will attract the interest of new audiences and encourage them to learn about African American history from The HistoryMakers digital archive.
Objective of the project-
Create a visual and interactive web browser experience to explore large sets of data.
Attract the interest of 20-29 years old and encourage them to learn about African American history.
Motivate deeper exploration of the HistoryMakers archive.
Build a cross platform experience that is compatible with desktop, ipad and mobile phones.
Provide documentation for future additions.
In May 2021, we delivered a functional web browser experience to our clients which is currently published on their website at www.thehistorymakers.org/archivedive/.
Led the team with Agile methodology to deliver a web browser experience compatible with desktop and mobile in 14 weeks.
Worked closely with the client to understand their needs, set their expectations and project goals.
Developed a detailed project plan, defining the scope of the project, creating an accurate timeline of project completion and anticipating changes.
Understand the dynamics of an interdisciplinary team to assign roles and responsibilities.
Conducted team meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Organised meeting agenda, presentation slides and demos, meeting minutes, and follow ups.
Monitored project progress through daily Scrum and assigned team members to specific tasks.
Recruited users for early research and testing.
Built the project website and updated regularly with photos, videos and development blogs.
Provided the fellow designers and programmers with any help and tools they required.
As UX/UI Designer
Conducted research with our target demographic of 20-29 years old to understand their interests and awareness of history.
Researched on appropriate theming and representation of the African American history.
Brainstormed ideas and explored fun ways of exploring large data sets through rapid prototyping.
Designed interactions, user flow and curated the content.
Designed the wireframes, layout, typography and icons
Created 3D art assets for early prototypes.
Designed playtest surveys, compiled playtest results and conducted iteration sessions.
Designed team branding material including team logo, poster and website.