- A simple interface and drop-down menu
- The ability to search athletes by name, weight class, and event
- Simple, aesthetically-pleasing data that is easy to interpret and use
- Local-level, state-level, and world record information
- Progress tracking
Despite the burgeoning interest in the sport, there is much room for improvement in the Olympic weightlifting world. The user experience of the database website is the same as 15 years ago. It is challenging to access, if not impossible, to review the statistical data of weightlifting performances, to compare performances across athletes, and to see the latest world record per weight class.
I am proposing a tool that the global weightlifting community can use to review data, compare performances among and across athletes, and make predictions as to the likelihood of success in upcoming competitions. This tool will take the form of a centralized database of competition results, which will allow athletes and coaches to track progress and compare performances.
The goal of this tool is to (1) promote weightlifting in the United States, (2) support training and capacity building among athletes, and (3) improve the sport by providing athletes and coaches with evidence-based performance data in a format that is easy to understand and act on.
This will be developed as a website and app for smartphones that will be used by athletes, coaches, club members and owners, sports analysts, and announcers at weightlifting competitions. Agile, up-to-date, and user-friendly, this website will respond to the real-time information needs of athletes, coaches, and announcers so that they can review data instantly without having to play around or adjust their layout preferences.
I hope that this tool, Weightlifting Statistics will help athletes to improve their motivation and performance in weightlifting. Ultimately, this tool could be instrumental in building a stronger weightlifting community worldwide, and particularly in the United States.
ProcessResearch & Discovery
- All athletes have to register on this website to receive a number for every competition.
- This website contains the full data of every athlete and competition that has occurred in the United States.
- This site contains information about all the domestic clubs and weightlifting competition results, such as weight class, snatch, clean & jerk (C&J), and the total numbers (snatch + C&J).
- Only lists athletes’ basic numbers
- Users are unable to compare athlete’s individual performances or performances across athletes
- Contains no user discussion platform
- Only available as a desktop view
- Not user-friendly; slow load times, difficult to access information, unintuitive.
- All-inclusive and free powerlifting database
- This site houses every powerlifting meet, whether domestic or international
- The data is organized, easy to view, and easy to understand
- To learn more about individual athletes, links are provided to their Instagram accounts
- Users can view the data, no login is required
- Good logo design
- Simple color palette
- Mobile view is well formatted
- The list of athletes is lengthy and challenging to navigate, as all 300 top athletes are included on the same page
- It is not possible to compare performances
- The information layout is too crowded and “busy.”
- There is insufficient white space.
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) was founded in 1905, being one of the oldest International Sport Federations.
- It contains all the data from international meets
- Features news reports on athletes and events
- Includes basic information, such as weight class, snatch, C&J, and total.
- Lists some weightlifting clubs globally or domestically
- Shows results per competition
- The layout is dated, probably 15 years old
- The landing page features information that is not curated (neither timely nor relevant to a majority of web visitors)
- There are no member interactions
- The website is for desktop view only
- Not user-friendly
Through my survey and competitive analysis, I learned the best way to enter and penetrate the market, which I describe below.
- This product will be targeted to the weightlifting community and offered free of charge.
- A “Support Us” page will be set up for the community to donate and support the product, if they believe that this service is valuable.
- All basic data information can be viewed without logging in. However, if users want to view more advanced features, such as their rank, performance, success rate, personal best, and compare performances across athletes, they must sign up and then log in.
- A top priority in building this app will be cultivating a great user experience. The data presented and all of the menus will be designed in such a way that it will be easy to use, simple to navigate, and aesthetically pleasing. To that end, this app/site will employ a modern UI and color palette. By “modern” I mean simple, streamlined, open, and clean. The data will be presented in interactive tables and graphs that are easy to view and easy to understand.
- This app/site will also have more features than the competitors noted above, including comparing performances, progress tracking, success rates, and predictors of success for upcoming competitions.
- Links to athlete’s Instagram accounts will be included next to the athlete’s name, so that users can view their social media profile and engage them.
- This tool will be created for mobile, tablet, and desktop users
Based on the information gathered from the surveys, and competitive analysis, user stories was created to highlight the main features of the product.Here are the top 5 stories as an athlete, as a coach, and as a club owner.
The name Weightlifting Statistics was chosen among other ideas such as waitlist, olystats, Weighlifting Statistic. The logo below were designed to around plates, barbel, or initial WS.Logo Design
Logo #4 and 10 are the winners. Because logo#4 and #10 are tied, I sent out a preference test (A/B testing) to get more feedback.
75% voted on this logo design
Bebas Neue was chosen because this font has good weight to represent weighlifting aesthetic. Gudea was chosen because this font is modern, open, simple, and easy to read, which is perfect to be used for statistic website.
Simple navigation layout
Avoid too many menu choices for users to deal with
Bigger fonts is helpful for users
Cancel menu or back/forward buttons
Link to IG (social media)
Zebra style table
Simple on-boarding process
Complicated navigation layout
Background color which doesn’t have enough contrast with the foreground colors
Redundant entering information process
Small navigation menu on mobile
Visually unattracted graphs
What were your doubts going into the project?
What users needs and goals
How to create a great user experience
What surprised you the most?
Too many processes that I thought simple enough but they could be even more simpler
Presenting data with interesting table design is fun to do
People get easily intimidated with too many data presented on a page
What would you have done differently if given more time?
Make the data table more interactive
What did you learn while doing this project?
I learn a lot about table design.
How important it is to present complicated data into simple understandable format
How will you use that information in the future?
I will always put user needs and experience on top priority to make my design decisions.
Always ask for feedback from potential users and use it to direct the next step.