John Hancock's | Lab of Forward Thinking
The objective of the Lab of Forward Thinking (LOFT) is to create an environment where John Hancock and Manulife teams can discover and incubate new ideas, collaborate in a start-up like manner, and implement these ideas throughout the company. They do so through strategic partnerships, research and development initiatives as well as design thinking workshops and hackathons.
TIMEFRAME | 6 weeks
TEAM | 4 MEMBERS
ROLE | UX DESIGNER
SCOPE | COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS, PERSONAS, user interviews, user-testing, WIREFRAMES
CHALLENGE | AS PART OF STARTUP INSTITUTE'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LOFT WE WERE TASKED WITH BUILDING A DIGITAL TOOLBOX TO HELP JOHN HANCOCK AND MANULIFE EMPLOYEES PROMOTE INNOVATION IN THEIR DAY-TO-DAY WORK.
SOLUTION | WE CREATED A MEDIUM-FIDELITY MOCKUP OF AN ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCE.
Our team used design thinking methodology to analyze the project and determined that before we built anything, we needed to talk to John Hancock' employees to understand what their needs and attitudes were towards innovation, learning methodologies and online resources. We hypothesized that early adopters or people who have already have had an interaction with the LOFT would be the audience to build this resource for and they would be the megaphone for spreading innovation and getting others to come to the site.
I conducted user interviews with these early adopters to better understand their attitudes towards innovation, learning methods, media and technology. This feedback informed our personas and prototypes to follow.
The research showed that people liked to learn new methods through video, podcast and learning. We focused on creating an interactive website where people could learn, see how fellow employees were solving problems using design thinking and connect with The Loft. Below are some early wireframes.
We created an initial site to test with our users.