Jeel Jasani

User Experience
Matthew Bolanos
Final Dashboard Design
Paper Prototypes
Ryan Brill
Paper Prototype
Graph Designs
Ron Kim
Animation Video
High Fidelity Designs
Leo Ying
Dashboard Animation


A dashboard is a visual display of dynamically changing information, consolidated on a single screen. Dashboards are designed so that the information can be surveyed and understood at a glance. Dashboard users must make decisions and take actions based on the information that is displayed. Therefore the dashboard design must be tailored to meet the objectives of a specific person, group, or function.

We designed a dashboard to monitor real-time climate and ecology changes of Antarctica. Our dashboard was meant to be such that the user would not be staring at it the whole day but needed to be notified in case of an emergency.

The Problem

Create a layout for an online dashboard that displays climate change and biodiversity for a specific region of the world (Antarctica in our case). Teams can focus on the entire region they have been assigned or they can hone in on one country, or one particular locale. Students need to explore the region they've been assigned and determine parameters that provide a rich data set.

The Idea

From our research we realised that the entire Antarctic ecosystem revolves around this one tiny shrimp like animal called the Krill. Based on this amazing finding we decided to revolve our entire project around the krill and build a story. So we found all the important climatic and biodiversity information and linked it in a way such that it finally informs us how the krill is impacted.

This diagram shows everything
is connected to the krill.

Final Prototype

Here is our final design of the dashboard. The "L-shaped" arrangement of the graphs show how each factor impacts the krill and thus showcasing the final krill population at the end. The map shows the physical locations of the krill, algae and the ice around the antarctic peninsula which is our region of focus.


We began by individually researching each aspect of climate and biodiversity in the continent and brought together our findings. We narrowed down on what were the most important factors we should be monitoring and created connections between them.


We started with paper prototypes and sketches of how we would like to display monitoring information for each factor. We divided the factors and each came up with multiple designs. We then picked the best ones and put them together.

Here is our paper prototype of the
first version of the dashboard
we came up with.

These are the digital iterations of our dashboard.


As part of the assignment we were required to animate how the alerts would be displayed to the user. Here is an animation of when the krill population reduces drastically.

This animation shows the impact on krill population when the Negative Souther Annual Mode (our critical factor) is active.