Gut Microbiota for Health
Gut Microbiota for Health
This project was realised while working in a small UX studio in Paris.
Gut Microbiota for Health is a content publication and sharing platform, dedicated to the scientific community. The existing website was austere, complicated and above all not really community-friendly. A shame, considering that the main goals of the platform were to engage scientists in debates and real-life events, while increasing the number of publications.
Our mission was to completely redesign the website with those goals and mind.
Sketching and prototyping
La conception de l'interface s'est faite en deux étapes majeures : zoning et sketchs de l'interface, avec une première validation, puis wireframes interactifs sur Axure (le design graphique ne faisait pas partie de notre mission).
We went through two steps while designing the UI. We began with sketchs, and a first validation of our concept with the client. Then we crafted a prototype with Axure and made the clients use it to fully understand what we were thinking about.
More faces and more human interactions
First step to initiate human interactions between the members : showing the people.
The platform already had an expert board, wich we decided to emphasized. Each contributor became more visible, with the addition of an 'author' bloc on every publication, showing his name, face, degree and location.
We also worked on events and a following feature, so that the members could network and meet in real life.
Scietific doesn't mean austere
Scientific publications can be very long, and the reading can be pretty tedious. We tried to minimise those disadvantages by adding features and relevant information.
First, we noted that the articles on the platform could be either very short or very long and rich. Yet when the reader opens an article, he doesn't know how many time he's gonna spend on it. And that's why we added the average reading time on top of every publication. We also added a bookmark feature, so that the reader can pause in the middle of an interesting but long article.
Along with the traditional 'like', comments and bookmarks features, we introduced annotations. With annotations, the scientists can debate on a specific assertion, or point at an approximation. Their only visible to the author, unless he decides to make them public.
The project could have been way more relevant with real users insights. Those users being a specific community, it was even more difficult for us to anticipate their needs.
Another frustrating point: it was not possible to change the navigation even if it obviously needs rationalisation.