Aurelius Collections

Research Methods Used: Rapid Prototyping, Competitive Audit, Journey Mapping, Feature Cards, Annotated Wireframes, Kano Analysis

Project Specifics

Aurelius is an online tool that helps users organize and synthesize research data. This project was to develop a new feature to make the research data sharable with team members and clients within the site.

Our team brainstormed and wireframed five specific features to test with users. We also took a larger variety of specific features and discussed them with the company’s developer to determine feasible options due to time constraints. Those two testing and feedback sessions influenced the feature specifics we developed further.

Our final recommendations took into account a development timeframe of 80 to 160 hours. However, even with those restraints, the company was still interested in feature recommendations for future development. We included a variety of features that could be implemented individually and together to allow for the development of features over time.

The page preparing users to send a report to their client
The page preparing users to send a report to their client
Organizing the feature ideas based on user feedback.
Organizing the feature ideas based on user feedback.

Competitive Audit

It was important to determine the current value of the client's tool and this platform's need for a sharing feature. By understanding how Aurelius compares to other platform's tools, we identified the gaps other tools leave and potentially what users need. We also determined what features the most used platforms contain to understand common user wants.

Journey Mapping

Through the creation of a user journey map, we identified the user’s main pain-points as being during the tasks required at the end of a project. We identified both the current Aurelius tool’s pathway and the path proposed with the new feature that focuses on time-saving methods when concluding a project.

A user journey map. Orange being the current experience. Blue being the ideal experience with this new feature. (click to see a larger version)

Feature Cards

With those insights, we each created feature cards to brainstorm the most important features the Collections tool should include. Through a discussion with the main (and only) Aurelius developer, we were able to understand the time commitment of each feature we had proposed. The development time was the main constraint of this project.

Preliminary Feature Sketches
Preliminary Feature Sketches
Aurelius Developer Feature Walkthrough
Aurelius Developer Feature Walkthrough
Digital Feature Card
Digital Feature Card

Annotated Wireframes

These annotated wireframes explain the different features that are possible and important to the success of the Collections feature. We created four prototyped pages to explain the features that would be the most beneficial for Aurelius users.

Results

The final prototype focused on four main pages. The page specifics are below and the pages are walked through in the video below.

  1. ALL COLLECTIONS: For the user to see all of their collections in one place. This is essential so they can see what they have already combined into a report type of collection.
  2. ONE COLLECTION: This is one individual collection’s page. This can include multiple projects combined into one collection.
  3. LINKED REPORT: An interactive, web-based report to provide a client with all of the behind the scenes research data. They can see the main points of insight and recommendations on the first page, then continue deeper into the research details.
  4. PDF Document: This is one collection page converted into a PDF document to give a client. This could be for any client, but especially for those who don’t have access or don’t want to deal with the Aurelius webpage.