Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Visualizing Data on Mobile

When I started art school at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999 I pictured being a designer working on business cards, posters and environmental graphics. For 9 years I worked in advertising and traditional print and branding design. About 2 years ago I began to be interested in more interactive and then mobile design. I started designing projects on my own to understand the strategy and complexities of these kind of projects. What I loved was the level of thinking involved in each and every aspect of the user experience.

Two weeks ago I started a new job as a Senior UX Visual Designer at Novu. Novu is a product that runs on a mobile and web platform. It is a health and wellness program that can be customized and outfitted per user. It is sold to employers and insurers and then the team gets is ready for their needs. I am working on the design end of things, so how the product will evolve to in design and user experience.

As I have been doing research on competition and the design standards out there, I am doing a lot of focusing on how to visualize the data that can be generated by using the tool. I have found a lot of infographics out there in a mobile platform that has given me so many great ideas. This is the first job I have had where I feel completely challenged and drive every day to up the design standard and push the experience for the user.

The amazing thing with these kind of graphics is that in an interactive space, as opposed to print, they can move and adjust before your eyes. This adds a dimension to understanding your progress day by day.