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danique de bies

alexandra sykioti

jasper bunschoten

richard lundquist

sep - oct 2019


ux- / ui-design

visual design


making the calculation model for
organic waste treatment systems usable and understandable

With their Re-Store model,  the research group HvA Urban Technology enables municipalities and enterprises to calculate the environmental, economic, and social impact of organic waste treatment systems. In the big Excel sheet it was presented in now, the Re- Store model was not understandable yet for its users.

How can HvA Urban Technology make their Re-Store model usable and understandable to help the municipality and SME estimate the environmental, economical and social impact of different choices being made in the process of treating organic waste?


From user interviews we found they aimed to use the Re-Store model as a communication tool, to gain support for certain waste treatment methods. The calculated results would be their proof to make changes.


Creating an understanding of what input and output in the model meant became a big goal within our concept and we decided to take a more visual approach in a map overview of the waste treatment process.

The visual map represents the different steps in  the process of treating organic waste. In this, the user can fill in the input for each step to see the output change accordingly.

For the final concept, I was mainly responsible for the visuals. As we didn't want the interface to feel too playful, I decided to create isometric illustrations using a monochrome color palette and simple line work.

The final prototype's design was built around the created illustration. We kept the overlapping elements simple, so there weren't too many distractions on the page and users can fill in the necessary input easily.

In the results page, the user gets a final overview of the calculated impact along with deeper information and a comparison to the current scenario to create more understanding.

This project was part of the Master Digital Design (2019) of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with the research group HvA Urban Technology. 

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