CSC Cloud Services Application: Design & Style Guide

Building a prototype to gain executive approval to keep development in-house

 

A CSC VP wanted to go with an external solution. CSC developers needed a prototype for their retail cloud project that would convince management to keep product development in-house.

“Janet is a star player who I have always enjoyed working with. Her level of detail and quality of work is some of the the best I have seen. Whether she is doing design work, graphics, technical documentation, QA, or just using the great mind she has, Janet is someone I would highly recommend her.” Kurt Westerfeld

Senior Architect, Cloud Services, Computer Sciences Corporation

The Project

CSC development had spent time working on code for a “Transparency As A Service” solution. It was the groundwork for a robust back-end for dealing with issues in talking to multiple back-end enterprise systems, and delivering a solution that would be synergistic with the performance, usage, audit, trouble ticket and other back-end reporting systems.

But, CSC had an aggressive timeframe to deliver their retail cloud solution to customers and the VP wasn’t convinced they could do it…

My Role & Challenge

My job was to assist CSC Development in building a solution that would convince executives to keep product development in-house.

We had a short time-frame to design and build a viable front-end solution that would not only be user-friendly for CSC customers but convincing to CSC decision makers. It also needed to be a “prototype” that could be a good step towards release ready.

The Results

We got Executive approval to move forward! I delivered:

  • A design that was inline with CSC corporate branding to give CSC customers confidence with the service offering.
  • High fidelity mockups allowed the VP to visualize and give feedback. More importantly, gave him what needed to feel good about making the decision to keep development in-house.
  • Design elements and CSS code to the developer when he needed them for a fast turn around on prototype code.

Identifying Users & Product Positioning

CSC Product Users

Final High-Fidelity Mockups

My Deliverables

  • Theming & Corporate Branding
    I presented a clean “look & feel” that would be appealing to CSC customers, yet at the same time, contain elements of CSC corporate branding to gain confidence.
  • Architecture & Page Templates
    I looked at the main user tasks to determine the architecture of the site…the main navigation needed to reflect the main things that the user needed to accomplish. And from there, I used grid layouts to layout components on the pages. Light gray shading added additional visual focus to the features and functionality.
  • Management & Reporting Consoles
    I looked at how the user might perform various actions to manage and administer their systems. I loved this extra panel on the right that gave the user instant visibility into what they could do from this portal — they didn’t have to look hard for options or take a bunch of extra clicks to get there. In this way we can guide them in a non-intrusive way.
  • Filtering
    I provided mockups for users to search and filter their systems, with advanced options readily available in one dialog/panel.
  • Icon Library
    A set of beautiful icons was highly important to the acceptance of this product. CSC’s CTO asked me for more and more saturation and punch!csc_bizcloud_icons_flat
  • Style Guide
    As a summary result of the project, I produced a style guide that defined visual elements, interaction components, and was a summary of all decisions made as I collaborated with development on the design of this product:

The Style Guide

I created a style guide, that is to become the baseline and standard for all development on the project going forward. It ensures that design elements are standardize and consistent, and gives the programmers code samples they can copy.

This style guide defines the visual elements, interaction components, and was a summary of all decisions made as I collaborated with development on the design of this product; and it includes:

  • page types and templates
  • color palettes & typography
  • header design
  • navigation and menus
  • buttons
  • iconography
  • forms, input fields, and tables
  • management and report console features
  • search and filtering features
  • design best practices
  • framework references and css code