A design for my work that is entering a few pieces in a design contest. This is the cumulation of 2 back-to-back all nighters, and little experience with IA. I never really thought about it all that much until now, but it's pretty tedious.
Here's what I wrote about it.. had it been submitted..
Accounts Overview: Accounts overview gives you the quick and dirty facts you want without clicking. This is also where the user toggles between accounts, and the other widgets load new data sets accordingly.
Visuals: The main goal is to bring easy yet informative graphics to users ranging from casual bankers to savvy penny pinchers. Easy default visuals with a more advanced option to create specific visuals for each individuals needs.
Transactions' Description: The description finally becomes understandable and useful because of its simplicity. Makes it easy to recognize fraudulent charges on your account by location.
Transactions' Actions: This allows the user to either gain more transaction details, report fraudulent purchases or talk to a representative to clarify details. The goal is to provide readily available solutions to the bankers needs.
Widget Structure: All functions on the site are built as widgets that can be re-ordered, removed or popped-out in a new window. This allows people to establish a hierarchy of their needs, as well as create a dynamic environment promoting users to utilize their own banking interface.
ABOUT THE SITE:
The fundamentals of my design revolve around the ease of user experience based on the idea that no two online bankers are the same. Some people come to online banking to only check their balances, and some would like to analyze their spending down to the last penny. Creating a platform that can be manipulated to make banking a first grade level task to one of extreme complexity gives my bank a distinct advantage over existing banks. For the people looking for in depth analysis of their spending, this platform will eliminate the need for 3rd party accounting software while making their data accessible from any location.
Another main theme, regardless of the complexity the user chooses, is the union of ease of information and solutions. First and foremost, the presentation of information on most online banking sites is either overwhelming or written in Greek. Presenting the user with information that is digestible and recognizable is a paramount achievement when compared to existing banks. Assuming the user can comprehend what theyre looking at, there also exists a large gap (and often long waits on hold) for any resolution to discrepancies. Reaching out and offering an olive branch of cooperation to resolve any qualms the user may have speaks volumes on the banks dedication to quality of service.
*And I also did the identity/logo, etc for this made up bank.