Interaction Design & Research Portfolio 

Aidan Aumell

I am a interaction designer & researcher, focusing on the development of digital products and software that deeply engage users and positively impact communities. 

Kamiak Butte VR

Raised $45,000 to develop a cross platform VR app on Unity for an ecology course at Washington State University in the time of COVID-19 and distance learning. 

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Loomis State Forest VR

Created a cross-platform VR app on Unity to support educational initiatives for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in the Loomis State Forest.

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Free the Snake VR

Designed a cross-platform VR application in collaboration with Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment and Trout Unlimited to promote awareness about the removal of Snake River dams.

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The Last Battle VR

Build a cross platform VR app on Unity for The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Casino to promote virtual cultural tourism. 

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Website UI/UX Designs


Designed a federally funded a website to provide knowledge mobilization support to teachers in Washington.

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CSTP Website

Redesigned the CSTP educational  nonprofit website to bring the website in line with contemporary standards.

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Seattle Pops

Redesigned the Seattle Pops website, where I worked as a kitchen worker in the summers throughout college. 

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WSU Virtual Ecology

Built the WSU Virtual Ecology website on the Washington State University server to support an ecology course in the School of the Enviroment. 

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Research Articles

Hybrid classroom approach: Virtual and live field data integration

Journal of Natural Sciences Education

Digital Health, Fitness, and Wellness Tools for Students with Disabilities

Journal of Special Education Technology

Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of a Hybrid Field Trip in Natural Resource Ecology

Master’s Thesis Research

Other Projects

Channel Island National Park VR

This project is currently in its initial stages of development. If you’re interested in supporting its progression, please feel free to reach out. Thank you!

Wawawai County Park VR

Built a cross-platform VR app to support field-based learning for an ecology course at Washington State University. 

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Seasonal Change in VR

Filmed a 12 month seasonal change progression video for the Kamiak Butte VR project on the Insta360 Pro 2. 

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Julyamsh Powwow Video

Created a video to promote the Julymish Powwow for the Coeur d’Alene tribe. 

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360° tour of Historical Site

Collaborated with the Whitman County Historical Society on a project that aimed to provide digital access to historical sites.

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ROAR in 360

Produced a narrated 360° video to showcase the ROAR program at Washington State University. 

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Street Crossing Video Modeling

To support a special education teacher in instructing kindergarten students with disabilities in life skills, I employed Video Modeling, an evidence-based practice for students with disabilities, to create 360° video scenes.

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AR Filters for OKC Basketball

Created a promotional video for Simply Augmented, showcasing an AR filter to engage fans of the OKC basketball team on various social media platforms.

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Virtual Showroom Promotional Video

Created a promotional video for Simply Augmented showcasing 3D environments and showrooms featuring various furniture and textures.

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AR Product & Commerce

Produced a promotional video for Simply Augmented, highlighting the AR capabilities in commerce and product interactions.

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Virtual Bathroom Showroom

Created a promotional video for Simply Augmented showcasing 3D environments and showrooms featuring various furniture and textures.

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Kamiak Butte VR

App to Support Virtual Placed-Based Learning of a rural area County park in Eastern Washington. 


I started the Kamiak Butte VR project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to distance learning for an undergraduate Ecology course at Washington State University.
Using virtual reality, computers, and mobile devices this project enables students to engage in a 360° virtual exploration and learning experience of Kamiak Butte County Park. The project was used to replace the physical field trip and is now used as supplemental support for the course. 


August 2020 – Spring 2023 


VR Application, WebGL App


Product Designer, Researcher, 360 Photogragher 

VR User Interface Design to Promote Field Studies

My master’s thesis focused on the use of the Kamiak Butte VR alongside the physical field trip in the Natural Resource Ecology course.

Design Process Grounded in User Research & Learning Theories

The design process began with extensive user research, encompassing surveys, interviews, and usability testing. This approach allowed me to gain deep insights into the needs, preferences, and behaviors of the target audience. By understanding the expectations and pain points of users, I could tailor the virtual exploration of Kamiak Butte County Park to meet their specific requirements.

Prototypes & Iterative Design

Over a span of four years, I implemented several iterative designs for students in the Natural Resource Ecology course. The images below visually depict the evolution of my design iterations for this project. These pictures truly illustrate my growth as an interaction designer over the years.

2020 Design

2021 Design

2022 Design

2023 Design

User Feedback Designs

I collected feedback from over 150+ students through surveys and interviews. This information was employed iteratively in the design process of the project.

Information Architecture & Level Design

Originally, I implemented a user interface with six buttons, each starting a different tour. However, user feedback revealed navigation challenges, particularly difficulty in finding scenes within a tour. To address this, I redesigned the UI, incorporating multiple tabs to simplify scene selection within each tour.

  • “My biggest problem was trying to find a section of one scene across the entire site”

Label Improvments

Maybe students expressed that better labels on the real world UI componets would improve their  navigation in the experience in the tour, therefore I added labels under hotspot icons to improve the users experience.  

  • “Everything is amazing, only thing I would add it video/picture titles before you click on the video.”

3D Map Interactions

Initially, the 3D visitor center featured a non-interactive topographic map for aesthetics. Responding to student feedback, I added interactive features to the 3D map, allowing users to explore data overlays and location markers.

  • “I think a way to improve the hybrid field trip experience is the lobby that you first access. It would be cool if you could move and see the topography of Kamiak Butte from that little display up close.”

Seasonal Change

The Seasonal Change componet of the project was orgnially my idea and alot of students expressed their apperication for this aspect of the tour. Therefore, I worked to create improve the UI to change seasons. 

  • “The favorite part of the virtual field trip was being able to see seasonal changes without having to wait for it to happen in real life.”

A New way to Discorver & Learn about the Natural World

Kamiak Butte VR is a one of a kind project which promotes place-based learning in a rural area in Washington State.

Collaberation & Technology

I’m grateful for 50+ Washington State University students and faculty who volunteered to work on the Kamiak Butte VR project. We secured two grants totaling $45,000 to support the development of the project.


Kamiak Butte VR has been successfully integrated into the curriculum of the Natural Resource Ecology course for six consecutive semesters spanning a three-year period. With over 500 students actively engaging with the software as a vital component of their classroom activities, it remains an integral part of the course, complementing the traditional physical field trip to Kamiak Butte.

  • This hybrid combination completely blew my mind! During the break I spent hours showing my family this virtual site. Everyone was excited to see the animals, the snow on the months with the panoramic views.
  • The effort and time put into this website are astonishing, it is extremely organized and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. 

Seattle Pops

Web Design


Seattle Pops, a beloved popsicle store located in Seattle, Washington, played a significant role in my undergraduate journey. Taking on the roles of WordPress Developer, UI/UX Designer, and Information Architect, I spearheaded a transformative redesign of their website during the Fall of 2019 as part of the Multimedia Authoring course at Washington State University.


September 2019 – December 2019


Website UI, Online Store, New Menu, 


Website Design, Protyopes


The project’s foundation lay in the creation of detailed prototypes and wireframes. 

Style Sheet

Seattle Pops logo colors contain fun bright colors. It was really cool to integrate thier colors throughout the website to make elements pop!  Careful consideration was given to typography, color schemes, and imagery to evoke a sense of the Seattle Pops experience. The result was a visually captivating platform that resonated with the brand’s identity and captivated users.


ABC Diatype





The project’s foundation lay in the creation of detailed prototypes and wireframes. These served as the blueprint for the website’s structure and functionality.

Information Architecture

Restructing the information on the seattle pops website was critical in 

A pivotal aspect of the redesign was the strategic restructuring of the website’s information architecture. This involved reimagining the menu structure, streamlining content categorization, and optimizing the flow of information. The goal was to create an intuitive and seamless browsing experience for visitors.





Our Story

Contact Us

Online Shop





Order Online 


Giving Back 


Old with the New

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Old Website

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New Website

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Development Pictures

Throughout the project, collaboration was at the forefront of our approach. Engaging with the Seattle Pops team, we captured moments that exemplified the synergy and dedication poured into the redesign. These candid snapshots serve as a testament to the collaborative spirit that fueled the project’s success.

Results & Reflection

The culmination of our efforts was met with resounding approval from the owner of Seattle Pops, who seamlessly integrated the redesigned website into their hosting service. This not only elevated the online presence of Seattle Pops but also garnered recognition from the Digital Technology and Culture program at WSU.

“which recognizes students who explores the principles of web design, coding, information architecture, and usability in a global cultural context”

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