Digital Reconstruction of Whitman County Histroical Sites

Platform(s): 

Oculus Browser, Laptop, Mobile Device

Role(s):

Project Manager, UI/UX Designer, °360 Videographer

Background

As a graduate student, I had the privilege of collaborating with the Whitman County Historical Society on a project that aimed to bring the past to the future through digital reconstruction and virtual access. The nonprofit’s mission is one that deeply resonated with me, and I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer my time and skills to make a difference in my community.

I worked to create a digital reconstruction of various historical society buildings, providing visitors with a virtual tour of the facilities. By leveraging XR learning, we were able to create an interactive experience that brought the history of Whitman County to life, allowing visitors to explore and learn about the area’s rich cultural heritage.

I’m incredibly proud of our work on this project, and I believe it stands as a testament to the power of technology in preserving our cultural history. By providing virtual access to these historical sites, we can ensure that they remain relevant and accessible for generations to come, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of our shared past.

Working on this project was rewarding to experience for me, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to contribute to the Whitman County Historical Society’s mission.

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Kamiak Butte VR

App Development

My Role

Kamiak Butte VR is an interactive educational project I started during my undergraduate and graduate studies at Washington State University. It was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to distance learning. The project allows students to virtually explore and learn about Kamiak Butte County Park in a 360° view. I used various software tools like Adobe Creative Suite, Figma, Maya, Unity, and 3DVista to develop the program, incorporating student feedback to continually improve it.
 
Working with a diverse team of professors and students, we secured two technology grants and raised $44,550 to further enhance Kamiak Butte VR. The software has been successfully integrated into the Natural Resource Ecology course curriculum for six semesters, benefiting over 500 students, and it continues to be used alongside the physical field trip to Kamiak Butte.
 

Project Type

Master’s Thesis Work

Deliverables

VR Application, WebGL App

Tools Used

Adobe Photoshop, Unity, 3D Maya, Figma, Adobe Premire Pro, Adobe Illastrator

Itartiatve Design Driven by Research

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

The results from the research study showed students valued the hybrid field trip and believed the activities supported their ability to learn about the ecology at Kamiak Butte. 

I also collected data on students’ use of the software which helped me further develop the product for students. 

User Interface Design

User Interface Design

"I really liked it, it was easy to use and interesting to work. I would recommend at the start with the options menu if under each option such as under 'wildlife' it could say what is contained within it, such as 'white-tailed deer' etc to save time trying to find what you are looking for, other than that a really fun, interactive site."

"I really liked it, it was easy to use and interesting to work. I would recommend at the start with the options menu if under each option such as under 'wildlife' it could say what is contained within it, such as 'white-tailed deer' etc to save time trying to find what you are looking for, other than that a really fun, interactive site."

Ph.D. student preparing drone for a flight.

Developed & Curated E-Learning Content with User Input

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

The results from the research study showed students valued the hybrid field trip and believed the activities supported their ability to learn about the ecology at Kamiak Butte. 

I also collected data on students’ use of the software which helped me further develop the product for students. 

"I really liked it, it was easy to use and interesting to work. I would recommend at the start with the options menu if under each option such as under 'wildlife' it could say what is contained within it, such as 'white-tailed deer' etc to save time trying to find what you are looking for, other than that a really fun, interactive site."

UI Labels & Interactions Improvements

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

The results from the research study showed students valued the hybrid field trip and believed the activities supported their ability to learn about the ecology at Kamiak Butte. 

I also collected data on students’ use of the software which helped me further develop the product for students. 

"I really liked it, it was easy to use and interesting to work. I would recommend at the start with the options menu if under each option such as under 'wildlife' it could say what is contained within it, such as 'white-tailed deer' etc to save time trying to find what you are looking for, other than that a really fun, interactive site."

Prototyping Real World UI

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

The results from the research study showed students valued the hybrid field trip and believed the activities supported their ability to learn about the ecology at Kamiak Butte. 

I also collected data on students’ use of the software which helped me further develop the product for students. 

"I really liked it, it was easy to use and interesting to work. I would recommend at the start with the options menu if under each option such as under 'wildlife' it could say what is contained within it, such as 'white-tailed deer' etc to save time trying to find what you are looking for, other than that a really fun, interactive site."

Information Architecture & Level Design

Information Architecture was edited to better reflect the brand and offer visitors more to interact with on the site. 

"I really liked it, it was easy to use and interesting to work. I would recommend at the start with the options menu if under each option such as under 'wildlife' it could say what is contained within it, such as 'white-tailed deer' etc to save time trying to find what you are looking for, other than that a really fun, interactive site."

Anthropogenic Influence

Chief Kamiakin, Early Observations, Indigenous People, Ski Area, Time Line, Whitman County Parks & Rec, Wildfire

Birds

Clark’s Nutcracker, Hairy Woodpecker, Mountain Chickadee, Northern Harrier, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Tawhee, Vesper Sparrow, Western Red-tailed Hawk 

Geologic Foundations

Quartzite

Insects

Ashy Digger Bee, Bicolored Carpenter Ant, Crackling Forest Grasshopper, Seven-spotted Lady Beetle, Variegated Meadowhawk

Seasonal Change

North Aspect, South Aspect 

Tree Species

Douglas-fir, Ponderosa Pine, Norway Maple, Western Larch, Variable Radius Plot Sample

Understory Species

North 

Baldhip Rose, Ghost Pipe, Glacier Lily, Heartleaf Arnica, Longlead Fleabane, Mallow-leaf Ninebark, Ocean Spray, Tall Ragwort

South 

Acute Paintbrush, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Grasswidow, Hairy Vetch, Large-flower Clarkia, Scarlet Gilia, Upland Larkspur, Western Blue Flag 

Wildlife Populations

Red Fox, Coyote, Merriam’s Wild Turkey, Rocky Mountain Elk, Shirasi Moose, Mule Deer, North American Porcupine, White-tailed Deer, 

Collaberative Effort

Received an award from the Digital Technology and Culture Program for the Seattle Pops website redesign project, which recognizes students who explores the principles of web design, coding, information architecture, and usability in a global cultural context.

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Dr. Bill hanging a camera trap.
Ph.D. student preparing drone for a flight.
Undergraduate students collecting data on the south aspect of the butte.
Undergradute Student, Mason Maron, capturing high quality audio at the butte.

Award Winning Design

Received an award from the Digital Technology and Culture Program for the Seattle Pops website redesign project, which recognizes students who explores the principles of web design, coding, information architecture, and usability in a global cultural context.

Distinguished Scholar 2020-2021

Results

The owner of Seattle Pops loved the website redesign and implemented my website design into their own hosting service.

After I completed the project, the Digital Technology and Culture program at WSU gave me the Excellence in Interactive Technology and Development award for my project with Seattle Pops. Watch the award video on this page to learn more about the project and award.

Along with the award, the DTC Department at WSU also wrote an article on their website that showcased my work with Seattle Pops. Click here to read the article. 

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Seattle Pops

Web Design

My Role

Seattle Pops is a popsicle store in Seattle, Washington where I worked throughout my undergraduate degree. In the Fall of 2019, I redesigned the Seattle Pops website for a course at Washington State University called Multimedia Authoring.

Throughout the course, I learn about UI/UX design, digital accessibility, and coding. The website encompasses a complete redesign of every webpage, including a new menu structure, the integration of an online store, and enhanced branding and design throughout the site.

Project Type

Freelance

Deliverables

Website UI

New Menu

Tools Used

Wordpress

Adobe Photoshop

HTML

CSS

Colors & Typography

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Typograghy

ABC Diatype

Mint

Mint

Mint

Information Architecture

Information Architecture was edited to better reflect the brand and offer visitors more to interact with on the site. 

Old

Flavors

Locations

Catering

Our Story

Contact Us

Online Shop

New

Flavors

Locations

Catering

Our Story

Contact Us

Online Shop

Prototypes

Received an award from the Digital Technology and Culture Program for the Seattle Pops website redesign project, which recognizes students who explores the principles of web design, coding, information architecture, and usability in a global cultural context.

Old Website

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New Website

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Award Winning Design

Received an award from the Digital Technology and Culture Program for the Seattle Pops website redesign project, which recognizes students who explores the principles of web design, coding, information architecture, and usability in a global cultural context.

Results

The owner of Seattle Pops loved the website redesign and implemented my website design into their own hosting service.

After I completed the project, the Digital Technology and Culture program at WSU gave me the Excellence in Interactive Technology and Development award for my project with Seattle Pops. Watch the award video on this page to learn more about the project and award.

Along with the award, the DTC Department at WSU also wrote an article on their website that showcased my work with Seattle Pops. Click here to read the article. 

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