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An Interactive World of Ideas

An interactive map, capturing the curiosity of users to discover a variety of submitted ideas from people all around the world.

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After dissecting the problem that I wanted to solve for, I came up with a deliverable that best accommodated the needs of my solution (an interactive map). This deliverable is an additional element placed at the top of the fictional challenge brief.

You will also see a video of my process. I used a brainstorm approach to find a solution to engage, excite, and activate users from all over the world to participate in the ‘upcoming’ Inclusion Challenge.

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Why do you want to be OpenIDEO's Visual and User Experience Designer?

OpenIDEO is a place where I would have the opportunity to take initiative in bringing my design philosophy and ideas to life through OpenIDEO’s openness to experimenting and discovering. Whether it be creating a new testing process, or gathering a variation of different interface systems to stem ideas from, OpenIDEO is a place where designers can truly grow as creative thinkers to facilitate solutions to challenges facing the world.

How many years of experience do you have?

  • Between 3 - 5 years of experience

How did you hear about this challenge?

Through an email opportunity sent by the University of Oregon Product Design alumni coordinator.

I sought to visually communicate that this challenge is about community, and coming together to foster dialogue between people from all over the world. With this information, I thought about which visuals would symbolize the essence of feeling connected regardless of location. An image of the world is an icon for unity. I strove to make this world spark curiosity and convey a sense of comradery, giving users a fun and cheerful feeling, and leaving them interested in discovering more. Design involves far more than simply conducting research and testing. Humans are not purely rational; they act on emotion. A skilled designer must have the intuition to create for human emotion.

I learned that the best way to execute this abstract idea is to look at several different interactive maps for inspiration. Airbnb achieved a fun interactive map leaving viewers with the desire to discover more. I drew inspiration from them to create a similar pleasant feel of interactive discovery, but with OpenIDEO branding.

In my execution, I found that the best way to communicate my idea was to tell a story through animation. In order to really grasp my vision, the world had to be moving, and encourage fun interaction.

Evaluation results

26 evaluations so far

1. Does the designer appeal to a global audience?

The designer speaks to diverse audiences - 69.2%

It's hard to tell - 19.2%

The design doesn't appeal to a global audience - 11.5%

2. After viewing this designer’s deliverables and portfolio you would:

I love it. I’ll share it with my social networks - 23.1%

It’s ok. I’ll give it a like - 65.4%

I don’t like it. I’ll close the tab - 11.5%

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Congratulations on making it to the Honorable Mention List! Check out the full list here: https://challenges.openideo.com/blog/join-the-openideo-team-honorable-mention

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