Improving The L3Harris Flight Simulator Experience
LION+MASON was asked to re-think and re-design their flight simulators’ touch-screen control interface to make life easier for flight instructors, removing pain-points and freeing them up to do what they do best: Teach people to fly planes.
A Poor UI/UX Was Holding Back Their Simulator Experience
L3Harris design and build flight simulators for the global aviation industry. Combining cutting-edge technology and modern design, they provide an invaluable training service for commercial airlines and flight training centers around the world.
But a clunky training interface in the simulators was getting in the way, causing flight instructors unnecessary frustration and time.
Discovery & Research
To understand the specialist subject matter, we immersed ourselves in the world of aviation, and spent two weeks on site conducting in-field research:
Mapping A New Training User Flow
We began by defining the foundations of an intuitive new user flows and journeys, addressing the most important tasks as well as being emphatic to the physical challenges presented by the cabin environment.
Creating An Interactive Product Prototype
We created a UI design layer that reflected L3Harris’s brand values and complemented our UX design recommendations:
- Built a simple but versatile component library of buttons, tables, switches, and dials that control all features and functionaity
- Employed a flat design aesthetic prioritising visual clarity and ease of use
- Created a dark colour palette optimised for low light environments
- Prioritised a clean look and feel for maximum readability and comprehension
- Liaised closely with the technical team to ensure validity
Testing The Concept
We implemented a flexible testing strategy – ensuring feedback from a variety of users in different locations was captured in a consistent format.
“LION+MASON delivered a well-considered product within a very ambitious timescale. They really opened our eyes as to what is valuable to our end-users, and the feedback has been very positive… We’re looking forward to seeing what future iterations will bring.”
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