This week I created the user flow for my middle school virtual learning platform. I started off looking at the functionality of various learning platforms and websites to get an idea how they are set up and what works and doesn't work for each screen. I then pulled out the User Journey Map that I created last week for my persona "Makayla". Makayla is the primary user of the platform because she is a middle school student learning virtually. I looked at what actions she was taking to access her classes and in what order. I felt it was important for the student dashboard to be the main hub where everything could be accessed. The other pages that would have to contain a lot are the virtual classrooms and the notebooks. I think that the most interesting thing that I learned through this process is that there is a lot more functionality than you think in each page. Even a page that seems "simple" can contain pathways and links to other pages. Also, I came to realize that there will be several iterations before I get this just right.
This week I also spend a lot of time thinking about what name to chose. I also drew more sketches and tight sketches before going into illustrator to create computer comps. I found that there are a lot of colors to chose from in my mood boards that I could potentially use in my visual system. I plan on spending more time narrowing these colors down this week.
MFA Graphic Design Student at Academy of Art University of San Francisco (on-line)