How can we help workers at environmental watchdog organizations monitor the biodiversity of Orcas?
The goal of this project is to design a dashboard that monitors and displays critical factors that affect the biodiversity of Orcas. The audience are workers at environmental watchdog organizations whose objective is to safeguard public interest by gathering and exposing dangers to the environment.
Our research identified 4 main factors that affected the biodiversity of Orcas.
After PCB is washed into the ocean from industrial sites, they are absorbed by phytoplankton, bioaccumulating through the zooplankton, herring, salmon, and then finally to the orca in a much higher accumulation than in the animals lower in the food chain, causing death in orcas.
We brainstormed visualization methods for each factor that would make the dashboard more intuitive for our users.
Our team explored several iterations of the design. They are presented below.
How can we indicate urgency on the dashboard?
After finishing our design, we added animation to the dashboard to indicate some urgency and draw attention to key areas. Whenever one of the factors that affect orca population drops below or rises above the critical level, a red circle will start flashing behind the orca indicating danger, and the respective factor will also flash.
Below is the state of the final design under different circumstances.
Designed By: Su Baykal, Benjamin Boesel, Lisa Kim, Omead Kohanteb, Weikun Liang, Luke Schenker
Class: Interaction Design Studio
Duration: 1 month