Well, some of you may already know, but just in case you don't, my Software Engineering Project is with a local casino/country club. they're really big on having their stuff look just so. fine, no problem. The rub is that after we designed this interface (which we hated too, so no dramas) they said tehyd go and hire someone to redesign. well, they eventually did. a fortnight or so ago.
on Monday, I called the designer with the CCT HR Dept's (Commissioner of our project) sayso, to find out what was going on with the designs etc. he emailed some pictures through, and there are issues.
I think most of these stem from the fact that he hasn't spoken to anyone initially connected to the project. Not to HR, not to us, the dev team. he's spoken to Marketing, who have spoken to HR, who have spoken to us.and we're not sure how much he spoke with marketing. There are a couple though, which any designer should see as an issue:
- White text on fluoro lime button. completely unreadable. the white on powder blue button is almost as bad.
- the "general level" content pane draws attention away from the "detailed" content pane.
- 2 is because the "general level" content pane is not only visible when the detailed content pane is, but also the fact that the detailed content pane takes up approx 1/6 of the screen, compared to the "general level" one at almost 1/3
- 3 results in the text in the detailed pane being fairly small, causing issues for the up to 60/70 year olds that are supposed to be able to access the system (I can't remember the age offhand) simply not being able to read the information.
- the "Create Booking" screen is almost nice, except for the colour he chose to use, I know it's the colour in their logo, their logo looks good, but that's because their logo is -small-.khaki-gold in large quantities looks, well, crappy
Now, there are a couple things which should be clarified (read: fixed) in a meeting tomorrow between HR, Myself, Designer, and Marketing which we only decided we should have at about 3:30 this arvo. The HR person I talk to identified these operational issues as well, which is a relief.
- This is a training booking package. not (currently) a recruitment tool, and although it wouldn't be hard to adapt it and add that module in, it shouldn't have a link to "positions vacant" just yet.
- The organisational structure of the site is supposed to be that courses are linked via jobs. ie, "What job do you want? Oh, you need to do Course X,Y,and Z" he's separated courses and jobs into separate tabs on his "general content" pane. basically destroying almost all linkage between job and course, (he does provide a link to courses via the detailed pane though)
I'll show you some pictures once I know for sure that these ones aren't going to be used in the real deal. We like the overall look+Feel, but there are just a couple of things that need fixing. Some of those are just colours (actually, they're all just colours… these are photoshopped guis) but seeing as these pics are basically our style-guide, everyone needs to be happy with them.