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Law Review Reference App

The backstory

Melbourne University Law Review has a very strict referencing system. Correct referencing is an essential legal skill and technique. A group of diligent students thought they could try to find a solution to the traditional book referencing system. So they came up to us for help in automating a dynamic referencing system they had conceived. One that could maintain the correct formats and save old references for future uses.

UX Challenges

  • Seamless automation of legal referencing for users and storing bibliographies.

  • Allow for multi user level access.

  • Ability to export references to PDF maintaining appropriate formatting.

  • Back end ability to have multiple levels of approval for references.

  • Back end ability to generate different bibliography styles.

  • Ability to categorize the references into set categories and create new ones.

  • Ability to archive references and be able to browse through them.

UX Solutions

We generated individual prototypes for both front end and back end. The back end planning was most important since it involved a multi level approval system for references, user registration, approval and assignment of hierarchy levels. We generated different management sections for users and references where the administrator could approve references to move up or down in the reference pools, user permissions, styles and bibliography styles freely.

On the front end, accessing all the elements would be too much to have available at the same time, so we suggested a ’hide function” so users could make items visible or hidden depending on their needs. This way they could choose to have full screen view of their workflow.

Web/UI Design

We generated also generated a new brand identity to launch the site. We wanted to provide the brand with a sleek and modern look to show how this app breaks the old traditions and give home to new ones.

For this stage we used the style guide of Melbourne University however, provided a modern spin for the brandmark and typography. Since the screens are so content heavy, we kept the elements simple and minimal, letting the information take the spotlight and not allowing for any distractions.

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