UI Design for 8 Billion Minds online learning platform | Emily Jones
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8 Billion Minds

Building a free online learning platform

1 year
(part-time volunteer)

UI Designer

Branding,
UI Design

Introduction

The Client

8 Billion Minds (formally iSkillU) is a not-for-profit education platform.

The Brief

The website was originally built in the early 2000s and was in crucial need of a revamp. On a pro-bono basis I overhauled the UI design, and some of the UX design. I also helped mentor a junior designer to create the new logo and marketing.

Challenges

  • Everyone working on the project on a volunteer basis
  • Back-end code outdated, so lots of development work

Highlights

  • Working on a project that I believe in
  • Design flexibility

Creative work

8 Billion Minds is a social network that focusses on skill-sharing without the exchange of money. The website was originally built in the early 2000s and was in crucial need of a revamp. Using the existing wireframes as a basis, I improved the user experience and completely redesign the interface.

This was a great project to work on, not only because I love the concept of the project, but also because it was the first time for me working as a lead designer on a complete website redesign. This didn’t come without its challenges, as the majority of people working to relaunch the site (including me) are working on a pro-bono basis, between other work.