June 1, 2023

Novata’s Approach to Sustainable UI Design

As a company that provides an ESG reporting tool, sustainable design practices are crucial to Novata’s vision of creating a more sustainable and inclusive future. As we advance the development of our app, we recognize the importance of incorporating environmental, social, and governance factors into our platform’s user interface (UI) design.

Novata is committed to implementing sustainable UI design practices that produce visually appealing and user-friendly digital experiences and contribute to environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and responsible governance. We are excited to begin actively applying these principles as we continue to enhance our platform to meet the needs of private markets.

So how can ESG principles be effectively integrated into UI design, and what steps do we need to take to achieve this?

Environmental Sustainability

To minimize the environmental impact of our platform, we have developed a plan that integrates environmental sustainability into UI design. Our initial step involves creating UI components using a minimal design library and a limited color palette. By doing so, we significantly reduce processing power demands, leading to lower energy consumption and minimized carbon footprints. Moreover, we prioritize recycling open-source graphics instead of images, optimizing rendering energy, reducing load times, and leveraging existing resources to avoid the need for new assets.

In line with our commitment to sustainability, we compress and optimize all images and videos within our UI components. This practice not only reduces storage space but also improves load times, ultimately minimizing overall resource consumption. By implementing these strategies, we create experiences that meet our users’ needs while promoting environmental sustainability.

Social Inclusion

In our ongoing efforts to promote social sustainability through UI design, we strive to create an inclusive and accessible product that caters to a diverse range of users. While we are still in the early stages of implementing these practices, we have already started adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standards. This ensures that our ESG reporting platform is accessible to everyone, including individuals with visual impairments. We provide alt text for images and videos and ensure a high-contrast ratio for text, enhancing accessibility. In terms of visual elements, we actively work on representing diversity by including a broad spectrum of people with various characteristics such as skin tones, genders (including non-binary), cultural backgrounds, body shapes, and people with disabilities. Embracing this approach, we aim to promote inclusivity and social equity on our platform.

Responsible Governance

As we embark on our journey towards sustainable and responsible governance in UI design, we recognize the importance of following industry standards and best practices while prioritizing transparency and accountability. These practices are still being implemented, however, we have already made progress by ensuring our UI design follows industry-standard coding practices. This includes employing modular and scalable code architecture as well as secure coding techniques. By adhering to these standards, we establish a solid foundation for the long-term sustainability and performance of our platform. Additionally, our platform undergoes regular security audits and assessments to ensure that user data is protected and that our platform is secure from potential threats. We understand the value of maintaining code quality, maintainability, and security to uphold our commitment to the highest quality of UI design governance. For those interested in further exploring industry-standard coding practices, I recommend reviewing these Coding Standards and Best Practices to Follow.

As a company, our mission to empower private markets towards a more sustainable and inclusive form of capitalism guides every aspect of our work, including the construction of our platform. We firmly believe in the importance of applying sustainable design practices and incorporating ESG considerations into our UI design decisions to create a more sustainable future. By utilizing a minimal design library and color palette, optimizing images and videos, adhering to accessibility standards and industry best practices, promoting transparency, and designing for diverse audiences, we create a platform that is not only sustainable but also offers an exceptional user experience. We hope that our approach inspires other businesses to adopt sustainable UI design practices, thereby positively impacting environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and corporate governance.

Jason Coe

UI Design Lead