Apparently minor design tweaks such as carefully chosen colors and design patterns can have a high impact on the usability of a product. A part of my work at MicroStrategy involves identifying such issues and proposing low cost – high impact solutions.
Drag and drop of visualizations
MicroStrategy analytics lets users create a dashboard with multiple visualizations. User can drag and drop these visualization within the dashbaord to rearrange or organize it.
My job was to come up with a low cost – high impact work to improve the usability of drag and drop of visualizations.
My first step was just identifying problems with the current interaction design, through a mixture of user testing and heuristic evaluation based on design principles.
- Mis-indication that a viz will move even when it remains in place
- Sub-optimal visual design – colors, placement of lines, etc.
- Other minor bugs based on user-testing
These are some of the designs I proposed to fix these issues:
Design proposal 1: Clearer indication that a visualization will stay in place
Design proposal 2a: Color and design of the visual indicators for light background
Design proposal 2b: Color and design of the visual indicators for dark background
Alternating black-yellow-black for optimal contrast and visibility.