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Alison Work

Digital Media &
Instructional Designer

I am a designer creating intuitive and engaging content focusing on user experience.

 

I currently work at Michigan State University Extension, conceptualizing and developing digital materials to expand outreach. 

 

Welcome to my portfolio! 

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E-Learning Design
Case Study

What Would You Harvest?
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Overview

This is a multiple part interactive activity designed to educate growers on how to reduce food safety risks in a hydroponics operation. 

My Role

I worked with subject matter experts from Michigan State University Extension to gather the learning objectives and target audience for the project. When the script and storyboard were sent to me, I shot footage at a hydroponics operation and edited it using Adobe Premiere.

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I designed graphics in Adobe Illustrator, collected other royalty free graphics, and animated them with Adobe After Effects. I added interactivity using Articulate Storyline 360.

Design Process

RESEARCH

Prior to starting this project, I wasn't familiar with hydroponics. In addition to working with educators, I gathered information by interviewing a food safety coordinator at a hydroponics operation and speaking to workers as I took footage at several other hydroponics operations. 

DESIGN

When coming up with the design, I wanted it to be bright and bold, much like a hydroponics operation. I also wanted the navigation to be intuitive, the activities to be straightforward, and I wanted it to work well on a computer with low bandwidth. To accomplish this, I tried several things.

  • I reduced the resolution of the video so it was easier to download

  • When possible, I used photos instead of video

  • I designed the buttons to be large and bright, and made sure they were consistent in size and color

  • I designed part one and two so the navigation was consistent and users knew what to expect

Reflections

This project has been exciting to make, and I learned a lot during my initial design. While it has been tested with a few educators, it as not yet been tested on the target audience. As this project moves toward the testing and implementation phase, I hope to survey multiple hydroponics growers so I can take note of their pain points and redesign based off of their feedback.

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