25Live is Brown's web application for booking rooms on campus for events. It is used by countless student groups to book rooms and see availability.
it sucks. [in technical terms]
For instance: How do I sign in? And once I do find out, the login screen does not look like other Brown University login screens. This makes it very unfamiliar and thus untrustworthy, especially considering that the login required is the same one responsible for information about financial aid and transcripts.
We wanted to keep the style of our login in congruency with other Brown login screens. Logging in is now clearer and more familiar, as it is the same as nearly all other Brown login pages.
A big part of 25Live is searching by location for free rooms on campus. Here is the current design. This overwhelming home page, with a 3-column grid of ten boxes with different icons, font sizes, colors, and available options, is nearly unusable.
The lack of intuitive design, ease of learning, efficiency, and memorability on these pages can be attributed to its poor layout.
Narrowing down the selection field
Search results in a list
The most important aspect of 25Live is requesting event space. The current design has too many datafields and is inefficient. First, let's examine the current design.
The amount of concurrent red asterisks and other text on the form make it difficult to discern where to look
There is too much text.
What is the difference between "Finish" and "Next?"
Step one in creating an event
Step two in creating an event
Step three in creating an event
You get the picture. After a little more info, we have one last thing: agreeing to terms and conditions.
The final product is shown below.