Women in UX Design

My master thesis is about the design of a timeline from 1970 to today. It rapresents the most popular events in the history of web design and the careers of designers who gave their contribute to grow this field. I analyzed UX world, I selected 46 women and I designed with a colleague a web interface to illustrate all the collected data.

Challenge

In addition to UX designers (analyzed by me), the project has mapped the careers of game, interface and interaction designers. The challenge was to design a chart that would allow users to navigate through the data in a simple and intuitive way, where they could find the history of each selected woman and at the same time have a general view of this sector, both at a temporal and spatial level.

Solution

To organize the huge amount of data collected on women in design we considered two different ways to explore the data, one more visual and one classic, encyclopedic. To help users in the research we also thought of different filters in which to categorize women, as well as a spatial and temporal filter to position them in the world and over time.

Two different ways to visualize data

A typology of women's research is made through a graphic representation. Women are here as dots on the world and each of them is associated with the timeline of her life. The other type of data viewing is classic and sees all the women in an alphabetical list.
A menu item has been dedicated to each of these visions.

Two filter level

Primary filter
Secondary filter

Spatial and temporal filter

The spatial filter allows to visualize all the women of a specific part of the world. Thanks to a radial bar chart, every woman is represented here with her time span. The temporal filter opens once the user selects a specific period of time. Here a more detailed view of the time opens and every woman is represented by a specific element.