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!No Comments »