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Increase the density of the data view #2388

justinscherer opened this Issue Jan 2, 2018 · 0 comments


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justinscherer commented Jan 2, 2018

From our field research:

"Seeing what Emma called the “data instruments” that HOVIC uses to manage and store information also provided some insight into potential Ushahidi design improvements. Photocopied paper forms, books of carbon copy paper, filing cabinets, and the tightly packed, colour coded rows of Caesar and Emma’s spreadsheets all have a very high information density. When you look at the paper forms HOVIC uses beside the Data Mode interface of Ushahidi’s platform, the software looks and feels loose, flabby, and inefficient. We designed our data view using a heuristic for information density calibrated for the general public, rather than for data workers who are the primary users of the feature. Data workers like Emma and Caesar are accustomed to tools that feel dry, dense, professional, rigorous, organized, and detailed. We can refactor our interface to reflect these user expectations while still looking better than Excel or SPSS."

Our data manager users would be better served by an increase in the density of the data view.

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