A More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy
In 2014 we got the opportunity to work on a new cybersecurity product with the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton. The application was designed to allow analysts at Booz to track hackers, attack types, etc. in order to create Reports that would then be shared with customers.
Threatbase is a suite of powerful tools, each of which came with its own exciting design challenges and solutions, but this article is primarily focused on the User Dashboard and individual Reports pages. This is because I personally found these pages to allowed the most room for innovation and design thinking.
Designing for Legibility
The analysts at Booz needed to be able to easily search a wide variety of information about cyber threats around the world, but for the end customer the Reports themselves were the most important things in the application by far. With this fact in mind, we decided to take a very type-centric approach to the Reports, knowing that they needed to be extremely legible and inviting to encourage people to actually read the sometimes dry information contained within. We drew inspiration primarily from blogging platforms like Medium and from contemporary news