The FinTech industry has opened new doors to an untapped market of a group of investors who lack financial resources and services. I worked on a project for a brokerage firm that explored an innovative way of investing for people who had low to moderate levels of financial literacy. The platform was modeled after a familiar online shopping experience. It was approved for development in early 2018, and a minimum viable product was released to a limited number of users just one year later. I was one of two UX designers on a team of 11 professionals dedicated to building this platform.
Quality materials are an essential ingredient to quality learning experiences. However, despite significant efforts by governments and the international community to produce and distribute learning resources, often times, students in many countries lack books and supplemental learning materials. Simply put, students and their teachers are not always receiving the materials they are supposed to have. All Children Reading launched the Tracking and Tracing Books prize competition. The competition called for innovations to track books destined to schools in developing countries, allowing stakeholders, ranging from parents to teachers and the Ministry of Education, to quickly and easily access tracking information. Experience in developing countries suggests that when communities know what books are to be delivered and when, they will advocate for on-time delivery. But they rarely have this information and even when they do, they are not able to track books while in transit. My goal was to design a centralized information system that allowed the management and monitoring of shipments while notifying communities on tracking details of book deliveries.
United Nations Free & Equal, an initiative of the United Nations Human Rights Office, ran a campaign called, "The History of the Right to Love", showing the criminalization of same sex relations from 1799 to 2016. I designed a visualization that showed how different countries have criminalized, decriminalized, and even recriminalized being gay throughout history.
The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) is a toolkit designed to measure literacy levels of primary school children in developing countries. EGRA helps educators identify areas within reading instruction that need to be improved. Improving literacy in early grade students is important because students need to first learn to read so that they can read to learn. Existing applications that facilitate EGRA are out-dated and not easy to use. In fact, it takes quite a long time to plan an EGRA study, configure the application, collect data, and disseminate meaningful results. My goal of the project was to design an easier and more intuitive mobile application that would allow teachers to conduct EGRA with less effort, in a shorter amount of time.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies. May 17, 2015 marked ITU's 150th anniversary since the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telegraph Union. As part of their communications strategy, they ran an anniversary campaign to commemorate and celebrate 150 years of innovation. My job was to design an engaging mobile application that showed anniversary-related events and its details, while keeping users informed of the history and work of ITU.
Characters in digital media can be used as guides throughout the learning process, while facilitating a feeling of friendship and fun - critical in keeping children engaged. I designed these monsters to be part of an educational game application that helps improve literacy in young learners.