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Honeywell Thermostat Concept Model and Redesign Concept Model #1

Monday, November 4th, 2013 | Posted by anna.krachey

In Rapid Ideation and Problem Solving, we’ve begun our semester long project.  We will be focusing on the redesign and iteration (8x!!) of the Honeywell Thermostat.  Woah.  The interface is a disaster.  I have no idea how homeowners make any sense of navigating this thing.  Well, my guess is they don’t, hence the redesign.

For this project, we each had to draw out a concept map of the existing interface and then make a second map of our own redesign.  Generally, at AC4D we practice thinking that the user is not us.  For this project, however, I designed my first concept to work as I would want it to work as a homeowner.  I do have a thermostat, and I have a tenuous relationship with my thermostat.  I turn the AC down every night when I go to bed, and up every morning when I get up.   I included technology in my concept redesign, that much like the Nest™ thermostat, would enable the thermostat to remember this repeated action and then record it and play back.  It’s referred to as “learning.”  I wanted to make the interface as easy and navigate-able as possible.   Looking forward to moving towards that as I iterate!

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