Summer 2019

Wegmans Weather App

I interned at Wegmans Food Market in Rochester New York over the Summer of 2019. Me and one other RIT design student were tasked with replacing their current email based notification platform with a better digital solution.

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BRIEF

Weather is a very important factor in the grocery industry. Knowing the weather ahead of time to determine what to stock or what percautions to take to keep customers and staff safe is indespensible.

The current method of weather information distribution is through mass emails containing the forcast and preparation instructions for each district. It is cited as being slow, tedius and inaccurate.

A digital means of communication is needed to provide realtime reporting and user centric data to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of weather reporting.

NEEDS
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What should be included?

For a minimal viable product at the very least the ability to view regional weather reports. Going off that the next pieces to add would be the ability to recieve live notifications, add custom regions to a dashboard and have a radar to see current weather attributes.

Once all that is achieved, the next step would be to focus on enhanching the user experience through customizations and interactive features such as weather animations, news section for less important information, and region re-ordering.

FRAMEWORK
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Using cards to create the feeling organization.

We wanted the users to feel as if they could quickly go between regions and forecasts as to not feel bogged down by all of the information available. But also lets them multitask and plan between the other stores.

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Using colors strictly.

The majority of the type and UI is colorless. Any color is used are to indicate severity of the weather event or the zone that the event is in. The rest of the color finds its way in through animations and store front photography for the region cards.

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Using cards to create organization.

We wanted the users to feel as if they could quickly go between regions and forecasts as to not feel bogged down by all of the information available. But also lets them multitask and plan between the other stores.

SITE MAP
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USER INTERFACE

When creating the user interface we worked in Figma which lets us collaboratively work on our designs in real time. This helped us work synchronously and iterate quicker then other options. Any complex or raster designs would be created in their respective applications. This let us have a history of past designs to reference and a shared style library.

DASHBOARD
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Realtime Notifications

Users will have the option to turn on individual alerts per store region to prevent too many notifications from bothering them. But these alerts provide the most important information to determine weather the user needs to act upon it.

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Dashboard

The dashboard has region cards that feature the store front and the amount of weather alerts in each region.

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Region Dashboard

Selecting a region bring up the regions dashboard providing an overview for that region including alerts ranked by severity and weather at a particular store.

WEATHER CARDS
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Individual Weather Events

Each weather event gets its own card that includes store breakdowns. Allowing for district managers to vew entire regions and store managers to view their specific store.

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Confidence Level

The in-house meteorologist asked to have us include a confidence level that she can adjust according to her faith in her prediction. They felt it gave a good overall indicator and things below a certain level would not be acted upon.

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Weather Event Information

Each store group has information including the impact of the weather, what preparation to take, and the predicted length of the event.

RADAR AND NEWS
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Radar

The radar page has each store mapped out with a dot over it indicating the highest severity alert affecting that store. It also has region selectors to speed up store finding and weather overlays.

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News

The meteorologist also wanted a news section to be able to tell the users fun facts or information about the weather that does not have a major role in the weather communication. But can be interesting and fun to read and learn about.

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