I will be redesigning the user interface of the New York State Senate's OpenLegislation application, which allows people to look up legislative information such as bills, transcripts, votes and more. My goal is to make the website practical for both experts and novices.
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We have discussed our finalized mockups with the people in charge and I am now in the process of getting as much done as possible before the summer ends. I will be working remotely the week of 8/20 because I am planning to go home for a week before school starts.
Last Wednesday I met with Dean, Graylin, and Stefan to discuss the mockups I have made. I will am making some of the changes we discussed and we will meet again with Dean soon to finalize what the changes will be before I begin implementing them.
Some of the main things that need to be improved or added are:
1. making the hopepage less Google-like and more of a useful dashboard that shows recent updates.
2. sorting legislation by a "recently updated" criteria 3. adding graphical displays (to show the bill's progress through the process of it getting passed 4. an FAQ section and a section explaining helpful information to inexperienced users 5. the ability to show the differences between separate versions of a bill
Currently I am using Balsamiq to develop mockups. These mockups will be reviewed by Graylin Kim, Dean Hill, Ken Zalewski, Stefan Crain and others before any changes to the code are made.