It is no longer news that Nigeria has a lot of corruption going on daily and this has crumbled the core foundations of the country and you can still point to instances daily on how it keeps affecting our growth. It is so bad that the current president of the country as at writing this (2020), rode on the wave of fighting corruption to build a better Nigeria. Sadly things seem to have been getting worse. Alas, that is a conversation for another day.
Provide a platform that would easily break down ongoing cases of financial crime in the country.
As stated, we live in a corrupt nation. Then again a lot of us are actually ignorant of how deep it cuts. A few organizations have come up in order to aid in holding the government responsible for its actions and they do this by informing citizens about what is going on. One of such organizations is TransperencIT. Part of the organizations’ core activities is to track the financial crimes of people in power and distil this information to the citizens. For a while, they did a fine job of providing this information via social media. Followers on twitter could see details on each case in simple infographics.
The problem with this is that it doesn’t scale as a graphic designer had to keep creating infographics. TransperencIT had a lot of cases to show to the public and the database kept growing daily.
Another problem was this the details of these cases were usually lengthy and not many people would have the time or patience to read it. From our research, we discovered that people usually got confused from all the law-speak jargons contained in the casefiles(Lol, we actually named the project “casefiles” when we started). So we had to make it human-readable and easy to digest.
A proposed solution
So, from talking to users, we settled for using infographics once more as a means of communication and a distilled version of the details of the cases being presented. The solution was pretty straight forward from that point, we needed static infographics images and dynamic data would be plugged into that. We did just that.
Desktop research did not yield much though, I wanted to see if it had been implemented locally before, the closest I could find was one used in the UK and it was not much help.
I had a bunch of user testing sessions with the stakeholders and also target users before we settled on a simple and easily digestible format(arrangement) on viewing cases that were also easily adaptable on mobile devices. It was my first time working with responsive tables holding a ton of data that could not be shortened(at least to the best of my knowledge then).
Citizens must be informed so they can hold the people in power accountable. This platform has also helped in providing enough information so that the case can be tracked and citizens can attend court hearings. Justice must be served and corruption must be eliminated. Alas, it is a gradual but deliberate process.
This project also helped me in fine-tuning my developer handoff process and how to build/design faster with devs in mind. A bulk of the project got implemented in the staging environment and changes to parts of the UI were sketched out and implemented in code before being updated in Figma. (At a point it was so rapid I stopped updating on Figma and focused more on making changes with the dev).