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Evelyn's Park
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A series of pavilions for Evelyn's Park, Houston.

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SWA Group - 2013

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Natasha Beard - Project Lead, Post-Processing

Scott Liang - Environments Design, 3D Modeling, Rendering

As a designer at SWA Group, I was tasked with creating several proposals for a pavilion in Evelyn's Park, Houston.

Red depicts the span of the pavilion

The Cloud

Since Evelyn's Park is located near (and sponsored by) residents of an upper-income neighborhood, the "Cloud" concept was meant to explore their vision for a space "lush with art." In this sense, it aims to intensify the experience—condensing the act of discovering one art piece after another into a tight, curated space. At one scale, each piece is a whimsical "Folly" to be experienced (viewed, touched, sat on, even inhabited). At another, the pavilion maintains a sense of holism to serve as a piece of art in its own right.

‍First rendering of the Cloud (Rhino, Grasshopper, and V-Ray)

Here, an organic, undulating trellis is supported by chrome-plated columns that appear to be randomly dispersed (diameters are calculated according to the load each column must support). At times, the trellis is punctuated by massive steel or colored-glass "vases." Each is a unique experience on its own—some can be inhabited, others can not. Some reflect and radiate light, others transform the light that passes through them into beautiful colorful shadows.

The Cloud illuminated in the evening

The Cloud mid-day (notice the colored shadows)

Alternative Ideas

The Transformer

The "Transformer" concept was deliberately designed in contrast to the Cloud concept. Sharp and linear, with delicate trellises and a glazed roof.

First rendering of the Transformer

The Transformer at night

The Transformer mid-day

The Noodle

Left on the cutting room floor was the "Noodle." It was meant to appear like separate roofs, engaging in a luscious dance. Occasional coming together, occasionally pulling apart. At times, dipping down to greet the public.

Two roofs engaging in a dance

Each Noodle was further expressive through its construction. The layers started uniformly, then were occasionally peeled back and reintroduced to create varying senses of weight.

5. Researcher Portal

Lastly, the third leg of the stool: the product that researchers (Vetty employees) use to actually conduct the background checks.

Product principles:

  • Speed. Make tasks easily identifiable.
  • Efficiency. Focus on minimizing redundancy; at high volumes, every redundant action is magnified (even eye movement should be considered).
  • Memory management. The UI should work to minimize information that the user has to hold in memory.
  • Power users. Due to training, higher complexity in exchange for higher power is OK.

This is a basic researcher workflow. Note that it is divided into 3 stages:

Generally, teams of researchers are assigned to different accounts, with each member taking on a specific phase. Due to Vetty's limited resources, individual researchers take on their own accounts and conduct all 3 phases.

5.1. Researcher Dashboard

The main focus of the researcher dashboard is the "Adjudication Needed" column, which uses a simple "yes" or "no" to indicate when there is a pending task. Hovering over the cell in the column brings up more detailed information.

Because researchers are trained users, the dashboard can adopt more complexity for more power. Below, custom components that allow each column to be independently searchable:

5.2. Candidate Details

Much like the client portal (for account managers), the candidate details are where most of the tasks are done:

Key items:

  • The reference panel can be brought up at any time for glanceable information (for example, the researcher may need to compare SSN trace results with national criminal results). The panel eliminates the need to scroll back and forth. Furthermore, it includes a notes section for each candidate, eliminating the "mountain of sticky notes" that researchers previously had to deal with.
  • All top-level information is easily glanceable in the left navigation panel.

The researcher portal is now undergoing a major redesign to accommodate larger teams. Stay tuned!

Conclusion

Whew, that's it! A complete Consumer Reporting Agency platform from scratch. As of this writing, Vetty has experienced a 10x increase in MRR and is now undergoing a serious M&A bid. If you have any questions, or would like to work together, please don't hesitate to reach out at hello@scottliang.com.