Cluster Planning - The Department of Education

School Infrastructure Planning for the future

Mapping, Interactives, Mobile Responsive and WCAG AA Compliant.

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The Challenge

Create a visualisation of the planning challenge the Department of Education is faced with in providing enough space for all projected student growth across the state. Contextualise this so that parents understand that their child’s school may not require as much assistance as other schools, but that the government is aware of their local issues and is working to resolve them. Ensure the website is accessible to all and responsive on all devices.

Our Process

In working with the department previously to help build their internal planning tool, we had an enormous amount of data to start with and an understanding of their challenges.  This helped us to create useful and contextual prototypes to move quickly onto interaction design. It was important to us that the language and visuals were tailored for the public and easy to interact with.

Our design process took into account the department’s Global Experience Framework, which defines design principles, templates and standards.

Finally, we needed to follow the department’s extensive WCAG accessibility testing regiment and had to ensure the site complied to all relevant requirements.

The Solution

Rather than one visualisation, we created a number of visualisations that highlighted the variety of factors the department had to take into account when planning schools.  

This was a simplified display of some of the more complicated issues highlighted in their internal tool. However, it still had to convey notions of distance, space, projections and various teaching space types.

The design is clear, uncomplicated and easy to interact with to quickly gain an understanding of how a particular school is tracking when compared with others in its cluster.

The Impact

  • 790,000 students in NSW public schools in 2016
  • The 25% - 55% additional school-age population (aged 5-19) in high growth areas in the next 10 years
  • The allocation of $4 billion of government capital funding