This web-app represents a major pivot from a previous start-up project I had been working on with a team including Naomi Wolf, Lisa Thomas and Ken Goldstein. The original platform was designed to let regular people become opinion makers with a citizen journalism toolkit that included a legislative lookup tool that I designed and built. That tool ended up being extracted from the original platform and re-conceived as a web service for political journalists and bloggers. It allows them to build and embed into their articles widgets which track legislation in real time. I was commissioned to design and build the Beta version of this new app.
BACK TO PROJECTS
INITIAL SKETCHES OF THE INTERACTION FLOW
This app needed to be able to facilitate a number of search methods. Users can search by bill number, bill name, bill sponsor or by legislative keywords.
This is something I like to do just to get a broad overview of the layout options available. Eventually, I'll play around with two or three of the most promising layout schemes and start to zero in on the core architecture.
The high-level navigation is pretty straight forward. The complicated task is organizing a users collection of widgets that they have created and deployed.
Another option for organizing and displaying information about a users widgets.
REFINING THE WIREFRAMES
A view of how the user might see an overview of all of their widgets.
REFINING THE WIREFRAMES
A view of how the user might search for legislation using an array of legislative keywords that come attached to legislation when it is published by the Library of Congress.
Users can see at a glance the tracking and deployment statues of their widgets. From here, they can see a more detailed view of any tracking widget they've created.
Creating a new tracking widget - step 1.
Creating a new tracking widget - step 2.
Searching legislation by bill name.
The detailed view of a widget. Users can edit the name, search parameters and bills being tracked.
The detailed view of a widget. Users can copy the embed code for this widget. It can now be pasted into any HTML page and it will start tracking the connected bills live and in real time.
A DEPLOYED WIDGET
Embedded at the bottom of this blog article, readers can see the current status of related bills and read the full bill text.
DailyCloudtWidget.com is a web-app that allows users to quickly and easily look up current federal legislation and create embeddable legislative tracking widgets for websites, blogs and social media feeds.