UI, UX Design

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), Cambridge, MA
HUIT Digital Repository Service (DRS) BEFORE UX Design

I was brought on as a UX Designer for a 10-week contract.

This is the before screenshot of the HUIT DRS using three different search options.

I had one problem to solve: make it clear to the user how to step through the search interface. A UX design restriction was I had to use existing functionality that had already been coded so as not to add to development time.

 

 
Screenshots of HUIT DRS AFTER UX/UI Design

Once I created a natural flow in the hierarchy, I eliminated redundancy by combining Objects, Files, Events, or Batch at the top level as a filter where previously they were selection elements within several different search options. My choice of using radial buttons also made it clear to the user that they could only select one element at a time.

I capitalized on a javascript accordion function already implemented as adding to development time was not an option.

The Quick Search is open by default. Once a user selects a different search option, the previously selected option will close signaling to the user that they can only search one option at a time.