Higher education has been too slow to recognise data as a strategic asset of similar importance to human resources. My role was to improve the data analysis and formatting process. At the same time, an important point was represented by the creation of an easy-to-use and easy-to-understand platform for people who are already trained in the field of data analysis
A working system users could interact with:
Who they are
Someone who creates their own analysis from data. This user downloads spreadsheets into their own statistical models to create personal datasets.
Access to the data for analysis is more important to them than its presentation.
“Written reports give helpful context, but I would prefer to see the data. It has to be very easy to find what I want.”
What they want
Behavior and preferences
They may use an application programming interface (API). An API allows users to import data between computer software automatically.
These users prefer to access data via a desktop computer. They will bookmark browser pages. They know when information is due for release, so will sit on the site to wait for it, often on the release calendar page.
What they like
What they do not like
HESA Data Platform offers multiple possibilities for several types of users with various actions. Being a rather complex application, here is only the High-Level version of user flows in the application.
HESA Data platform is a platform made to serve the educational institutions of the state of Great Britain. For this reason, the use of adjacent software like InVision, Zeplin, and Figam was not accepted for security reasons and the entire design system had to be documented internally in terms of technical design specifications.
Each icon was made in SVG format for better performance and a shorter loading time of the app and documented as a code for developers.
Aside from evaluating the market research, I conducted a quick user survey, produced a set of lo-fi wireframes, transformed them into high-fi UI designs, built them into a prototype, create a design system, and performed a mini usability test.