Actuate

Design data visualizations, reports, dashboards and analytic content using Actuate BIRT

www.github.com/ActuateBIRT/

Role: Development, Design, UX Prototyping

Tools: HTML, Bootstrap, iOS, ObjECTIVE C, amCharts.js, AngularJS

Gazetteer

Problem/Goal:

The UN Data App was developed to demonstrate how a client could build a REST API into an application created with our software. Using data gathered by the UN, we designed and developed an app that lets the user explore statistics about individual continents, regions, and countries around the world. The app allows the user to either navigate through a traditional menu structure or make selections by interacting with a map. The user can then drill deeper to view a report about the region they have selected and compare it to others.

Drawing on World Bank figures, the app allowed users to explore decades of demographic data using either a map-based atlas interface or a more traditional drill-down menu. Either route would bring the user to a detailed report at the world, continent, region, or country level.

Ideation:

Actuate White Board

Actuate White Board

Deliverables:

Developed native IOS application, which embedded BIRT content and pulled live data from iHub server. This reference app was a showcase on how to integrate Actuate technology into a native application by using APIs (REST and JSAPI).

Act as a bridge between engineer and user experience team throughout requirements, user competitor analysis, design user experience (UX), visual mock ups, and develop wireframes using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, AngularJS, MVC, and REST APIs.

I was working with a lead developer for this app. Once the concept was finalized and approved, I was in charge of developing it to deploy it to Apple iStore.

 

Challenges:

The only challenge was the cross code between IOS and web. From what I understand, they can’t be combined on the same page but possible on the same app. With this restriction, UX had to accommodate the code to be able to reach the goal and achieve the odds.

The flows were clearly separated by one navigation button. Strengthen with consistent interface that makes the experience feel smoother throughout the app.

Aviatio

Problem/Goal:

Aviatio is a desktop and tablet app that allows users to explore data on flight and airport performance across the U.S. It’s a pretty simple interface: you select a region and then a state to view a state-specific dashboard.

We developed this to showcase certain aspects of Actuate’s REST API library and also to demonstrate how BIRT technology could be used in a cross-device, responsive design.

The little airplane animation on the loading screen was added after it became clear that the dashboards were taking a long time to generate over remote connections. It’s now the feature that most people tell me they like — rather an unexpected response, but a nice illustration of how a touch of whimsy can elevate an otherwise straightforward app.

Deliverables:

I was in charge of developing responsive web/mobile application using BIRT REST APIs, HTML, and Java Script for different platforms (mobile, tablet and web).

Since this project was medium-small, it was a team of four. I worked closely with visual designer, interaction designer , and back-end engineer.

Using amCharts for report data visualization.

 

Challenges:

The most challenging of the project were time and resources. We had four weeks to complete everything. With these constraints, the solution was to design appealing interaction and interface.

Every element has purpose at the same time it meets the requirements. The navigation is using live data on iHub. The data visualization charts are report content, which showcase product capabilities.

Waxman's Markets

Problem/Goal:

This prototype was designed to show how a data-rich enterprise application could still employ beautiful and contemporary visual design.

Deliverables:

Built for a fictitious chain of high-end supermarkets in Southern California, the application allows a store owner to find, dynamically filter, and compare sales and demographic data across a number of locations.

This was intended as an internal tool to help educate engineers and sales folk on the direction data-rich applications are taking — it's no longer enough to simply allow users to easily access data; today their expectations include modern interactive models (dynamic filtering, drag-and-drop functionality, etc.) and compelling visual design.