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David Webb
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Page Layout

This likely will generate the most debate, as most pilots that I’ve met all look at weather very differently and have very different workflows. This first attempt was aimed at balancing the following:

  • Organized: since each location has its own weather station readings and forecast tools, it made sense to organize the page at a top level by location (Crestline, Marshall, AJX). Each location is then divided into “real” data on the left (weather station readings that are actual) and forecast data on the right (weather models or predicted conditions).
  • Mobile usability: I think most of us are looking at this stuff either in the LZ waiting to ride up, or even on launch as we’re looking for a good window; page (in addition to the rest of the site) had to be very usable on phones (without tons of pinching/zooming, extra clicks, or extra page loads). Entire page stacks when you go down to mobile sizes and is organized in the same way – location: real data first (weather station data) followed by forecasts; this makes for easy scrolling and finding your way; on mobile sizes, all graphs & models are the full width of the screen (no matter if you’re oriented portrait or landscape)
  • Minimal scrolling: page is information dense (graphs for multiple locations, additional links, etc); scrolling is necessary, but some of the visuals that are present on other pages (which provide continuity across the site) were removed from this one but scrolling is unavoidable. Primary goal was to make sure the data was clearly visible and usable (which means large graphs), so a balance was sought after there.