Wiredcraft rebuilt the World Bank's open data site to be mobile-friendly and data-light.
In May 2015, we commenced work on our biggest data-focused project to date. The World Bank’s data team hired us to rebuild their open data site, which is a repository and visualization engine for all of the Bank’s data, covering the world’s economies, finance, development, and much, much more.
The World Bank Group is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.
Challenges & Goals
Build a user-friendly data visualization website for public consumption
Optimize a vast trove of data to be accessed easily, quickly, and on mobile
Huge reams of data: the Bank continually collects an incredible amount of data and it all needs to be accessible on-demand
Accessibility: this is an open data site, so the goal is to provide access to everyone
Mobile: an increasing number of people are coming online for the first time using a mobile device
Low bandwidth: an enormous amount of potential users live in areas without access to high-speed internet
Multilingual: five core languages for the whole site and provide as many country pages as feasible in the native language
Dynamic visualization: the charts and graphs aren’t universal, so we needed to find solutions to accurately present all of the data
Due to the scale and importance of this project, the Wiredcraft team took its time thinking through designing the product. After hosting workshops with the World Bank’s team, we established a need for feature parity with the previous version of the website and key integration points with some of the World Bank’s other services (databank.worldbank.org & datacatalog.worldbank.org).
The key user personas for designing this product were:
International development staff
This is one of our initial wireframes, highlighting our core approach of building the site as a single-page, search-based app.