SARD's new User Interface

Jan 30, 2018
Lucie Nash

Tags: user-interfaceuser-experiencesystem-updates

As a user centric company, User Experience (UX) is important to us in order to keep our software as helpful as our Customer Support team! In 2018 we will be rolling out our new-look SARD, which a team of us have been working on since I joined the company in September 2017, along with designer Simon Sharville. This is a really exciting time for us and we hope you will welcome it with open arms.

Our goal has been to keep the functionality consistent with the SARD you already know and love, while improving the User Interface (UI) and navigation. We have created visuals which are not only easy on the eye but bring us up to date with contemporary UI trends, such as a focus on typography and a uniformity in branding.

A large part of our process has been implementing the popular Bootstrap framework, which is the most used open-source web framework in the world. It allowed us to strip back all of the original styling and customise a simplified template with the new SARD branded designs. One of the most exciting features is the mobile optimization of our products – we are working hard to make sure that SARD can be accessed more easily on mobiles and tablets so you can enjoy appraisals and/or job planning wherever you go!

Sneak Peeks

1 - A preview of the new SARD dashboard, complete with collapsible panels and upgraded icons which are appealing and easy to follow with a very modern feel.
2 - A taste of our new eLeave page – as you can see the functionality is unchanged, but the page looks markedly improved. Anything to make the arduous task of booking annual leave easier!
3 - ‘My MSF’
4 - A sample of Job Planning
5 - A sample of our Admin User Search page – the sidebar is now in a dropdown ‘Options’ menu on each page which reduces clutter. All buttons are now styled with SARD brand colours, depending on their function.

We are on the last leg of development now and soon we will be testing the upgraded SARD to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible when we deploy it. Watch this space!

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