Community Slate

Affiliation:
Microsoft Design Expo 2013, UW Interaction Design Department 

Duration:
January 2013 - July 2013

Role

  • Mobile & Sign Interaction Design
  • Concept Development
  • Script Development
  • Research

Awards:

  • Microsoft Design Expo 2013 (UW Entry)
  • Core77 Student Service First Runner-Up

 

A cross-platform system that creates a dialogue between city planners and neighbourhoods regarding development projects

 In response to the 2013 Microsoft Design Expo theme "making data useful", our team decided to focus on urban planning and community engagement. Our platform - Community Slate - connects the city planners directly with the people that are directly affected by development project making the planning process more transparent, accessible, and engaging. The city is able to prompt the public for input at specific parts of the process and the public is kept up to date with development policies and change going on. 

It's an embedded system with various levels of engagement  

Mobile

My main contribution was mobile design. I wanted the entry point to our system to just be present. I didn't want to have users to download an app or go to a website as part of the initial entrance since the motivation to do that might not be present in a lot of people.

Mobile provides the opportunity to provide information in context. Community Slate would be an added active layer on the default map app for smartphones that can be pushed in the next update. Having development projects displayed in context on the map can generate interest for community members. On clicking the project, users will be lead to the project page where they can find more information as well as provide feedback to the specific questions the city is asking. Furthermore, users can "follow" neighbourhoods, projects, or disable the layer if they wish to do so. 

It's an embedded system with various levels of engagement 

We understand that not every one wants to or has the time to get very involved in the planning process. Community Slate is easily accessible because it's embedded in the environment (physical locations, commonly used apps) and has different levels of engagement to meet the needs of people.  

 

Website

 
 

The website gives in depth information about projects for the users that want to get even further involved. Like the other components of Community Slate, it poses question for the public regarding the project. 

 

Development Sign 

Interactive and dynamic development sign

Interactive and dynamic development sign

 

Updateable information

The center portion of the the development sign is updateable and can reflect the current phase of the project as well as display the what area the city is seeking feedback on.

Interactive
In order to keep the sign interactive, I came up with the idea of having the sign have NFC capability which could push the project page to the user's phone so they can carry the information with them.