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Future Radar

Weatherzone was given access to a nowcasting dataset from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology known as Rainfields. I was tasked with taking these raw data files and seeing what Weatherzone could do with them in future products.

I used NASA’s Panoply to first place the data on a map. I then matched the values in the data to work with our existing radar colours.

Using video editing software and Weatherzone’s GIS Viewer I was able to compare the predicted radar with the actual radar to see the level of accuracy and present it to stakeholders.

Using Sketch and Adobe After Effects I then created mockups of how the future radar could be integrated into our existing app. This example is more of a wireframe and lacks visual polish, but showed how the radar feature could transition from historic radar to future radar.

I also integrated this into a Testflight prototyping app I created with Xcode (Swift / Interface Builder). Known as Weatherzone Labs, this iOS app showcased a feed which could be used to alert users to nearby rain and also show the full radar.

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Weatherzone 6

Weatherzone 6 was a huge, years-long project to redesign the Weatherzone website.

Built from scratch in Sketch and prototyped predominantly in Invision, the redesign was responsive to allow Weatherzone to merge its separate desktop and (growing) mobile audience.

For the project I worked on wireframes, high-fidelity designs, a Sketch library, a style guide, countless prototypes in different viewports and more.

I also helped with personas, the user journey and questions for an external user testing team to ask.

For a run of sessions, due to the specificity of some interactions, I created a custom prototype for the website on mobile and desktop. Javascript code I wrote allowed users to try search auto-complete and other features, such as a tabbed local weather panel. This allowed us to understand real user behaviour, without worrying about gaps in the available prototyping tools.

In building the final product I worked with developers daily to ensure the designs were implemented to spec. In the final product I even contributed some CSS and helped with specific technical aspects, such as testing the site across devices and understanding issues with various responsive breakpoints.

A beta version of the website is now available.

Visit (beta.weatherzone.com.au)

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My Game Guru

I worked on redesigning the user interface for My Game Guru, described as the world’s first Grassroots sports/game tracking and locating app. The new look is brighter, more fun and modern.

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