The projects aim was to build a platform for international scientific collaboration. Due to a large and heterogenous target audience we incorporated a series of user centered research methods into our iterative workflow cycles. A special objective was targeting the multi cultural research community. Therefore we looked into cross-cultural design research and got users from all over the world involved into our experiments and user testings.
We conducted multiple iterations of paperprototyping in early concept phases to refine information and interaction architecture before going into development. Those tests did not only help us to fine tune our drafts, they also gave us more insights into our target audiences. It helped us for example learn more about their expectations and technological skills.
To find the appropriate design language for an international research community we conducted several experiments, for example semantic differentials on color and illustration styles.
If you want to find out more, go and read more on the IXDS project page.