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CollectionSpace is committed to the principles of user-centered design. We develop environments that match the needs of our users, and software that is accessible and usable. 

Understanding the User

Personas + Contextual Inquiries help to put human characteristics on abstract definitions of perceived user roles and interactions. Personas are fictional characters used to help define of the goals and behaviors of a generalized users types. Contextual inquiries are "in the wild" observations and interviews of a selected group of real users within the context of their work.

In June and July 2016, UX designer Tim Stutt completed a UX review of the application with existing CSpace users. The final report from this review can be found here.

Understanding the User Needs

Workflow Analysis explores a core subset of eight SPECTRUM procedures in order to create elegant and intuitive user workflows. This section includes procedural workflow diagrams, and a User Interface Map.


Wireframes are developed as part of the design and development process.

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New UI designs for CollectionSpace should follow the guidelines set forth in the Style Guide.