The Critical Review

Role:

Designer and Co-Developer

Timeline:

Spring 2018 (9 weeks)

Responsibilities:

Illustration, UX/UI, iterative design, prototyping, full-stack development

Tools:

Sketchbook, Illustrator, Figma, Node.js, Express, MySQL, Passport.js, EJS, D3, HTML, CSS, and Shibboleth authentication

This Critical Review overhaul included both the public-facing publication, and the internal management site, Staff Central.

Staff Central has multiple permission levels for all positions within the student group. It allows writers to upload their summarized course reviews, input the metrics from individual students (which are then automatically processed into interactive D3 visualizations).

The use of this site peaks twice a year, when it's time to choose classes. The CR team requested an "approachable and friendly" visual identity, to minimize the stress that often accompanies course selection. In planning the new art direction for the Critical Review, I wanted to centralize Brown University, as the publication is specific to this school.

I've included examples of screens from the former site for comparison. It was less inviting, the data visualizations were difficult to interpret, and the interface was outdated and hard to navigate.