The project involved the development of an energy information dashboard based on blockchain technology, which would allow users to see their energy usage, download certificates and carry out transactions of renewable attributes.
The challenge was to create a flexible platform for different types of users, gather a large amount of data in a simplified way and allow the execution of smart contracts. The design had to be built from scratch, and it had to be a simplified solution that would integrate blockchain technology.
The Design Process
As the lead of the design process, my role involved coordinating and guiding the team through each stage, starting with research, planning, and organization. Our approach included conducting interviews with clients and stakeholders, hosting co-creative workshops with initial users, and developing detailed journey maps of the energy transfer processes.
Based on this research, we created wireframes, defined the necessary text, and developed high-fidelity prototypes in Figma. We then developed the initial version of the dashboard, which we used to showcase to potential clients and refine how we would execute smart contracts.
In 2021, we developed the second version of the dashboard, focusing on refining the user experience and interface design. To achieve this, we created new user journey maps, held several meetings with new clients to get a more defined vision, and better defined the technology behind each process and the design of services for users.
Before finalizing the design, we developed and approved user stories that defined the actions the dashboard would perform and limited the scope of the project. This approach ensured that the dashboard's design was tailored to meet the needs and expectations of our users while also being efficient and effective.
The Impact of the Solution
The design is currently in the programming phase, adapting the data to the first real users. It is expected to have a fully functional version by the end of the year 2021, with the potential for further improvements as new users join the platform. The energy information dashboard designed by the team will allow energy generators, consumers, and prosumers to have an overview of their energy usage and exchange renewable energy attributes using smart contracts. The simplified solution that integrates blockchain technology will make the energy exchange process more transparent and efficient, ultimately contributing to a more sustainable future.