Xenonarc Internship

Context

Xenon Arc delivers Advanced Distribution Solutions that drive growth, insight and simplicity for industrial materials producers. I interned at Xenonarc during the summer of 2015. Below is a case study of the first loop of the Xenonarc community portal project that I was assigned. Unfortunately, due to my departure the project was never completed.

[To this day, the best free snackbar ever!]

Role: I was tasked with the User-Research, Interface Design, and the Full-Stack Development of this project.

Live Video Demo

Technologies Incorporated: This was a web application created using the Python Django Framework, and is an example of a fullstack application which was based off a MYSQL database.


Conclusion: The Xenonarc community portal was definitely a necessity. The bigger the organization gets, the more information pertaining to its employees has to become accessible. The community portal gave workers a real-time updating calendar to shine light on upcoming events, a centralized file repository for easily accessing information regarding their benefits, and allowed them the technology to easily share work-related documents across departments.

What I Learned: Through this project I learned a lot about user-research, market research, and was able to apply my understandings of user-interface design to real world applications. I also got to practice media queries, and responsive web design. It was unfortunate that the project manager, who assigned me this task, ended up leaving the company.

Problem

  • Currently no centralized method for updates on news, and events other than the company slack channel.

  • No centralized repository for employee benefits related documents.

[Breathe Understanding of the Problem.]

Light Research Study

*My Project Manager gave me this outline to help start me on my research. It’s more market researcher oriented, but there are some similarities.

[Target Market Research Template.]

[Stakeholder Research(5 Contextual Interviews + 20 Survey Responses).]

[Current File Distribution Methodology.]

[Card Sorting used to categorize contextual survey data.]

Hypothesis: Creating a community portal for Xenonarc where employees are able to get updates on news, events, and make use of a unified file distribution solution, will alleviate a lot of the communication problems existing between departments.

User Flow + Site Flow

[On The Left Side Is The Site Flow, Right Side Is The User Flow.]

Wireframing

[First Loop Wireframes.]

[960 Grid Application.]

Presentation Layout

[Events Page.]

[Benefits Page.]