UPDATE FOR FINAL ROUND
What we liked in the first round:
1. hadinsuk's design had a lot going for it around simplicity on the first page. We liked the grey boxes, the sharp / square corners, and subtle borders.
2. Everyone did a great job with the color palette. Red, grey, white seemed to work well on the whole.
Instructions for the final round:
Overall: Don't put a colored bar across the footer or header that bleeds to the edge of the paper. It looks great and quite professional, but we don't think it will look very good after a standard office printer is done with it (it will leave white margins on all side).
Page 1: Hadinsuk's design is the one to play with here. We'd love to see some variants with % values inside the circles. Also, the page could use a tad more color, maybe in the heading sort of like how MS Templates did. Just an idea.
Page 2: We liked Luc.it's ideas around an alternative approach to the grid format. We want you all to play around with some ideas here. In fact, Luc.it's comment got us thinking, and I've included an idea we sketched out in the office to try to improve the readability of these blocks. You don't need to base your ideas on what we put together. Play with the concept here. The goal is to a) improve readability (don't have a single column in a small font size), and b) to accommodate multiple paragraphs of text of varying lengths. Here is the wire on the concept we thought worth trying: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B…lRNcGI5Smc
- Make sure that the average line is really clear, and labeled. The average and the legend should be at the top.
- Use 3 colors to connote positive, neutral, and negative scores. (Neutral can be gray if you want).
- I think almost all of you used bars, which is good. The numbers are scalar (5.3, 6.2), not discrete (5, 2), so bars work better than bubbles.
Page 4: The one design that emerged that we saw and liked involved icons sitting on a circular white background.
Pages 5 & 6: Don't worry about the other pages.
BELOW THIS LINE IS THE BRIEF FOR ROUND 1
We want you to rethink the final report that we give to our customers. Please see the full design briefing here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/…sp=sharing
***** Examples of the final product ********
Checkster delivers a report to employers which details candidates' strengths, weaknesses, and overall hireability.
An example of this report can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B…WhvYlNUd00
IMPORTANT: This report has black boxes covering private information. Those are not a part of the report; the black boxes are there so that we can share these reports with you. Please do not put these black boxes into your designs.
***** Guidance on improvements ********
Visually, we really don't like this report and we'd like to redesign them. Thoughts:
* Our customers are typically Fortune 500 companies. The report must be professional-looking above all else.
* The new report should feel modern.
* The report are frequently printed out by customers, so a white background is required.
* Please also keep the color palette friendly for color-blind customers (e.g., don't put reds and greens right next to each other).
From a content display perspective, the chart on page 4 is problematic in that the icons look similar, and they are often clustered close together on the chart. Please think of alternatives for this chart. We are looking to convey the following. We'd love to see your ideas on how to do so.
The quality of a reference is based on the how long and how recently the reference has known the candidate.
It is better if a candidate has at least one high quality supervisor and one high quality peer among their references.