design for interface

Data depositar

Design for the branding and the user interface for sharing and managing open research data


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My Roles
Branding strategy & designMotion graphicUI designFront-end devlopment
Skills
Brand experience research (Interview, Competencies Analysis)Visual design (Illustrator, processing)UI (Sketch, Framer)Front-end development (HTML, CSS, JS)

Background

This website is an online repository for research data. This work has been carried out in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. It has been supported by the Institute of Information Science and the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation (both at Academia Sinica), and in part by research grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. The website was officially released at the Digital Heritage 2018 conference in San Francisco, USA.

My responsibilities in this project were the branding and user interface design. The main task was to upgrade the outdated user interface of CKAN (an open source framework for data sharing, version management, and hosting, which has been used by the governments all over the world such as the US government) and to localize the interface in the Mandarin Chinese context.

We were a team of 8 members (in alphabetical order): Tyng-Ruey Chuang (project lead), Andrea Wei-Ching Huang, Cheng-Jen Lee (lead developer), Hsiung-Ming Liao, Yen-Tsen Liu, Huang-Sin Syu, Ally Chia-Hsun Wang (project manager), and Yao-Hsien Yeh.


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Brand Visual Identity

The visual identity of depositar aims to creat a dynamic and aspiring atmosphere for the target audience — the researchers in the academic fields. Here, the researcher are free to distribute the raw data of their researches, and the database system empowered by CKAN provides a fully-functional system for the users to manage their datasets. CKAN, an open-source framwork widely adpated by top academic institutions and government sectors such as Harvard University and Federal government of Switzerland, is just like another Github for research data.


visual identity of depositar

The visual identity of depositar originates from the core concept of a dynamic database with a great variety of research data. The logotype and the icons developed are also based on this visual identity.


Logotypes Icons of data categories
Icons of the 13 data categories
Guildlines of Brand VI

Website Design and Localization

We redesigned the information architecture of the landing page, which aims to help the target users, the researchers, to get to know how open data and the service can foster a more burgeoning research community.


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Information architecture of the landing page
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Most of the functions of the website are responsive. The font setting has been modified in order to adapt to the context in Mandarin Chinese, one of the primary languages used in this database.

Link

The beta website of project depositar website, which is still under development

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Further background

This work has been carried out in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. It has been supported by the Institute of Information Science and the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation (both at Academia Sinica), and in part by research grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. The project started from and remains as a collaboration with the Center for GIS at the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica.