Construction & Agriculture | WEB & MOBILE
PlanIt Impact Web Application Importing Open Data
Using Big Data to Improve Sustainable Design
Simplify a complex process to integrate open sustainability data with third-party structural design applications, making it easy for users to assess – and share – the environmental impacts of their designs.
We were slowed down because we didn’t have a clear process for our app development. The unbiased critical-thinking, understanding, and structure that Useagility brought to our project was an important part of our success. They helped us focus so we could design and develop a better product and hit our deadlines more consistently.
AIA – Founder & CEO, PlanIT Impact
Principal, DRAW Architecture + Urban Design
Useagility partnered with PlanIt impact from the earliest stages to ensure the viability of the idea as well as that the product met or exceeded user expectations. Beginning with observation and interviews, Useagility assessed users’ current processes – throughout design and construction use cases – to understand users’ needs, define product requirements and ensure the new tool would fit seamlessly into existing workflows, increasing the chance of adoption.
As we began to bring this new tool to life, we created low-fidelity design concepts that presented substantially different approaches to organizing key workflows. Testing these early-stage concepts with users unlocked insights, preferences and expectations beyond what we identified in the initial interviews. It also allowed us to determine which features needed to be available for mobile use as well as desktop.
Responsive and Adaptive Design
The final step prior to development was to incorporate the results of the concept testing into a fully-functioning prototype, including data integration and visualizations, then test it with users again. In this stage, we validated the responsive and adaptive features we designed for mobile devices and ensured the data visualizations were clear and intuitive.