Selection of recent projects

ScienceDirect Verticals §

ScienceDirect is Elsevier’s leading platform for peer-reviewed scholarly literature. Researchers, teachers, students, healthcare and information professionals use ScienceDirect to improve the way they search, discover, read and share scholarly research.

ScienceDirect combines authoritative, full-text scientific, technical and health publications with smart and intuitive functionality so that users can stay informed in their fields and work more efficiently.

Project §

In an ever competing market of online scientific publications, some of which freely available, Elsevier aims to provide extra services, both for authors and researchers.

The Verticals project brings a minimalist, de-cluttered, article-focussed experience while adding useful features to enhance the workflow of researchers.

Brief §

  • Enhance and optimize current article design and typography, making the overall design responsive.

  • Look into features and functionalities to enhance a researchers’ workflow and optimize usability and accessibility.

  • Create a set of best practices regarding web design and its implementation.

  • Make it easy to translate the product and its design to an expected ScienceDirect rebranding process.

Process §

With the rebranding phase in mind, and making it easier to implement, the design features a minimalistic look, with content and functionality always leading above decoration.

‘Vertical’ features are added that allow researchers to easily dive deeper into the subject matter of the article.

A fully working interface prototype, with a third party developing the back-end, is used for testing purposes and stakeholder discussions.

The feedback gathered from user tests is used to iterate the visual design and interactive prototype.

Interactive protein explorer (in article context).
Interactive protein explorer (standalone).

Deliverables §

  • Visual (re)design

  • Front-end interface prototype

  • UI specifications

  • Best practices

Sample from the UI specifications.
  • Visual design
  • Redesign
  • Prototyping
  • Competitive analysis
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • A/B testing
  • UI specifications