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Seed Bank Sensor Kit Display

I led the design and implementation of brand new seed bank monitoring system. We aimed to improve Terraformation's forestry team's current manual process of monitoring their seed bank status.
Automated notification system
We improved the Terraformation forestry team member's current workflow of seed bank manual status checks through a real-time notification system that would alert them of an issues on their device.
Dashboard display
Rather than have forestry team members physically check the status of seed banks periodically, we implemented a dashboard display that has all the important status information of the seed bank at a glance.

Customer Problem

Forestry teams members - such as seed bank managers and project owners - want to be able to monitor the status of the seed banks and the out-planting viability of the seeds their seed bank stores. 

Business Goal

Terraformation has a goal of selling 10,000 seed banks to their partners. Seed banks store seeds that will be out-planted in native forests, which is an important step to reversing climate change. The Seed Bank Sensor Kit Display plays a key role in keeping partners up-to-date about their seed bank status.



Product Designer on Terraformation Seeds Team; Collaborated with the Lead Designer and Product Manager




User Research

Since Terraformation is a startup, the company doesn't have much of an external user base to pull from - so the design team used our own Forestry Team members as the measuring stick for the user needs that have to be fulfilled. 

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Project Owner, oversees an entire forestry project/site

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Seed Bank Manager, oversees the day-to-day workings of the seed bank

Feedback Loop:

Our team set up weekly meetings to share designs with the Forestry team to ensure that our designs were providing value and meeting their needs.

Key Takeways:

1. Users wanting to know what the immediate seed bank action items are at a glance 


2. The desire to monitor data patterns in the seed bank to evaluate how to manage the seed bank in the future


3. Being able to customize the order of the data displayed on the dashboard in order of priority

How Might We?

Empty State

Based on data gathered from our research, we began brainstorm how we would build design solutions to key user problems and needs.

How might we display seed bank actions items and their status for users quickly?

How might we display data that is meaningful for the user in a simple way?

How might we allow users to control what data is being shown to them?


Building out a notification and monitoring system + sensor kit display in order for users to be able to view seed bank data history/patterns as well as receiving alerts related to seed viability in the seed bank (temperature, humidity, battery power, and connectivity).


The Seed Bank Dashboard shows the user to in-app alerts, the status of the seed bank, and the status of the seeds being stored.

In-App Alerts system allows users to manage and resolve any urgent seed bank-related action items.

Dashboard Personalization allows the user to have prioritize what data they can see.

Seed Bank Dashboard

Seed Bank Dashboard

Data Visualization

In order for users to get a clear idea of their seed bank's status, the Seed Bank Dashboard alerts them to any  immediate action items that need to be resolved. The graphs on the dashboard allow the user to monitor external and internal factors that affect seed viability for out-planting - such as temperature and humidity, battery power, connectivity, and the climate/weather.


Dropdown Menu

The dropdown menu allows the user to view data patterns based on specific sensor locations and time period. 


Graph Functionality 

User can hide/show temperature controls on graph. 


User can hover over specific axis and can view corresponding seed bank data with that point.

In-App Alerts

In-App Alerts

The purpose of In-App Alerts is to alert the user of any urgent items that need to be taken care of when they are not physically on site, but logged on to Terraformation's software "Terraware". Users can also customize their view of alerts and manage alerts, depending on what's most important to them.

Alert Dropdown

User has the option to view alerts based on their preference.


Manage Alerts

User can mark alerts as "resolved", so tasks that have already been completed won't alert the user continuously.

Dashboard Personalization

Dashboard Personalization

Manage Panels

User has the option to move panels in order of priority.

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