What a fun, exciting, and rewarding three months it has been! I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful folks on the Mifos team, visit several interesting MFIs in Bangalore, India and Nairobi, Kenya, and work through some very intriguing design problems- both trying to take advantage of cutting edge technology and design while also being cognizant of the impact and cost of relearning. But it was a large project and the design is not done.
I presented my design ideas to the user community during the Mifos User Meet-up call. These folks are from around the world – India, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines, and others. They reiterated a concern that had been voiced to me before (see Design and Workflow and Cross-pollination) – our loan officers and not well-educated or tech-savvy, please don’t make them relearn too much.
After asking the engineers to review alternative designs for the Client Page, I got the following feedback:
- prefer the the one that utilizes all the space
- not sure the graphs are adding anything useful
My first reaction was: typical engineering response. But it made me think hard about the purpose of my design choices, which is exactly the point of soliciting feedback.
In the last post, we looked at the Dashboard/Home page design changes. In this post, I’ll discuss the client home page. This is all the data the system keeps about a particular client – their personal information and who their loan officer is, which branch/group they belong to, and the details about the loans and savings accounts they have.
This is the original client page in Mifos…
For the past few weeks, I’ve been delving deeply into design. (And realizing there is so much more I want to do than I have time for with just two weeks left on this project!) I also haven’t been blogging much about the design because it’s hard to explain with just a few select screenshots, but I’ll give it a go.
Dashboard (Home Page) Design
First, the original home page…
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