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CONCURRENT FACTORS OF
A VIRTUAL SPACE REDESIGN
ADA	
  CHAN	
  
McGill	
  University	
  
School	
  of	
  Informa6on	
  Stud...
-  13 000 members social network
-  Managed by ProQuest Graduate Education Program (GEP)
-  Hosted on Ning since 2010
-  C...
Changes in third party hosting platform
(affects overall structure)
3 KEY ISSUES FOR REDESIGN
1
Changes in GEP members dat...
OLD DISCOVER MORE CORPS
Other	
  regularly	
  accessed	
  content	
  were	
  o?en	
  buried	
  below	
  the	
  fold.	
  
-  PROTOTYPING
provides sandbox area for quality assurance
-  VISUAL ANCHORS
maintain old networks basic structure and ele...
NEW DISCOVER MORE CORPS
Color,	
  type	
  weight	
  and	
  sizes	
  help	
  dis6nguish	
  various	
  informa6on.	
  
NEW DISCOVER MORE CORPS
Regularly	
  accessed	
  content	
  moved	
  to	
  homepage	
  above	
  fold.	
  
NEW DISCOVER MORE CORPS
Social	
  content	
  grouped	
  and	
  easily	
  accessible	
  from	
  global	
  naviga6on.	
  
LEARNED CHALLENGES
… NOT ALL VIRTUAL SPACE DESIGNS ARE DRIVEN BY USABILITY
TESTING AND SURVEY FEEDBACKS. OTHER EXTERNAL FO...
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Ada Chan, Maria Ziemer: Concurrent Factors of a Virtual Space Redesign #bcs2015

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Talk given at the BOBCATSSS 2015 conference - http://www.bobcatsss2015.com/.

www.DiscoverMoreCorps.com is a social network comprising more than 13,000 members from the library and information science community worldwide Ning, who host the site for ProQuest announced in 2014 they were migrating the existing version to Ning 3.0. The author was familiar with the DiscoverMoreCorps site and so ProQuest enlisted them to managing the migration and redesign of the site from version 2.0 to 3.0.

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Ada Chan, Maria Ziemer: Concurrent Factors of a Virtual Space Redesign #bcs2015

  1. 1. CONCURRENT FACTORS OF A VIRTUAL SPACE REDESIGN ADA  CHAN   McGill  University   School  of  Informa6on  Studies   MARIA  ZIEMER   ProQuest  Graduate  Educa6on  Program  
  2. 2. -  13 000 members social network -  Managed by ProQuest Graduate Education Program (GEP) -  Hosted on Ning since 2010 -  Communication hub for GEP Members -  Complimentary Database Access -  Learning and professional development resources -  Training tool for GEP Student Trainers ABOUT DISCOVER MORE CORPS
  3. 3. Changes in third party hosting platform (affects overall structure) 3 KEY ISSUES FOR REDESIGN 1 Changes in GEP members database access (affects overall user experience) 2 Dated existing architecture and content (affects overall usability) 3
  4. 4. OLD DISCOVER MORE CORPS Other  regularly  accessed  content  were  o?en  buried  below  the  fold.  
  5. 5. -  PROTOTYPING provides sandbox area for quality assurance -  VISUAL ANCHORS maintain old networks basic structure and elements PROJECT: TRANSITIONAL STRATEGIES
  6. 6. NEW DISCOVER MORE CORPS Color,  type  weight  and  sizes  help  dis6nguish  various  informa6on.  
  7. 7. NEW DISCOVER MORE CORPS Regularly  accessed  content  moved  to  homepage  above  fold.  
  8. 8. NEW DISCOVER MORE CORPS Social  content  grouped  and  easily  accessible  from  global  naviga6on.  
  9. 9. LEARNED CHALLENGES … NOT ALL VIRTUAL SPACE DESIGNS ARE DRIVEN BY USABILITY TESTING AND SURVEY FEEDBACKS. OTHER EXTERNAL FORCES CAN BE VALID REASONS FOR AN OVERHAUL. EXTERNAL FORCES AND CONSTRAINTS MAY NOT ALWAYS ALLOW THE SAME DESIGN PROGRESSION. INSTEAD OF A LINEAR PROCESS, IT SHOULD BE SEEN AS A SPECTRUM WITH SYNCHRONIZED ATTENTION TO VARIOUS ASPECTS DEPENDING ON THE LIMITATIONS…

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