NIES - National Institute for Environmental Studies, is a Japanese institution helping with climate change adaptation.
Our task involved two main aspects:
- Assessing the website for improved information architecture.
- Creating new visual directions.
Over the years, the AP-PLAT website accumulated a wealth of information that led to a cluttered interface. As an informational platform, it's vital for visitors to easily find what they need, but this need couldn’t be met.
Equipped with invaluable insights, we created 3 different design proposals. All of them were thoughtfully designed for users, encouraging them to engage with climate change adaptation efforts.
With the help of 6 experts from our team, we cross-checked the platform’s design based on a list of predefined principles and we identified issues in the following categories:
We documented our design suggestions in FigJam, the design proposals in Figma, and the research insights (processes, methods, tools used, results) in Google Slides.
Based on the insights we gathered from the discovery and heuristic evaluation phases, we created and proposed 3 visual design options for the website:
Our priority was to enable our clients to enhance the website's communication with even the slightest adjustments. All design suggestions and iterations were created using a UI Kit, which, of course, we also included in the handover.
We had a meeting with their team where we handed-over the following:
The whole process was very smooth and items (report, hand-over meeting) were delivered on time. UX studio made sure to understand the background of the website and the industry, as well as our main concerns and needs, and reflect them in the UX review process. Their friendly approach and professionalism were impressive.