Design Question
How might we encourage established, up-and-coming researchers to utilize the technology provided by the Digital Scholarship Centre (DSC)?
Our Solution
Using the human-centered design process helped our team come up with this solution: a web app. The 2 main goals we wanted to focus on includes creating a better booking experience and encouraging more people to interact with the technology in the space.

Role: Research + UI/UX Designer
Client: Digital Scholarship Centre, University of Alberta
User Statements
As a Staff member/librarian, I want the space to be used for scholarly research and collaboration so that the technology is used to supplement the scholarly research.
As a student who wants to partake in scholarly research, I want to be able to use the space for research and collaborate with my peers to improve my work.
As a student who wants to study, I want a quiet space with more accessible seating, so that I am able to get my work done quickly with fewer distractions.

Initial Style Tile





Refresh to Branding
We wanted to give the current DSC colour palette a refresh and make it more approachable and friendly. The addition of a blue compliments the yellow and is used as an accent colour. The colour yellow is already associated with the DSC, therefore we wanted to build from that recognition.

Log In + Homepage

Role of Gamification
Our web app integrates gamification, the addition of gaining badges equals access to more rooms/technology. This also gives students the feeling of being a part of something and pushes them to want to learn more about the various technologies so they can get more badges. This will create a larger turn out to workshops and give the DSC staff a break when it comes to people asking about how to use the technology.

Earning A Badge Flow

Improved Booking Experience
We wanted to ensure that students would feel welcome and enjoy their booking experience. Students aren’t the only beneficiaries; the staff will also have an easier time approving bookings as they will know whether or not a student has taken a workshop, and if they have not then the staff can guide them to the workshop sign-up. 

Booking Equipment Flow


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