eScholarship is a platform providing open-access scholarly publishing services to the faculty, staff, and student body of the University of California.
My role as UX Researcher & Designer was to work with The California Digital Library to establish the needs for a responsive site using a mobile first approach.
UX Researcher & Designer
Beginning with user interviews with students, faculty, and staff, we determined the main needs of the platform as:
• Redefine the upload experience of research that would be available to the public
• Create flexible, customizable pages for campuses, departments, and journals
• Define how users find content (browsing vs. searching content)
• Establish the hierarchy of metadata to be shown on articles, monographs, and journals
As staff, faculty, and students were beginning to use their phones to upload and find research, the site focused on a ubiquitous upload button across the platform. Additional features included browsing by campus, department, or journal to find articles as well as a faceted search page to filter by topics, disciplines, and media files.