UX Design of Water Monitor
Designing the water monitor to solve lack of data, unsafely and the wasteful issue of household water
In this school design project, I was doing problems definition, user research, competitive analysis, functions design, information architecture, interaction design, motion design, interface design. The research part is the most important in this project. Also, to change the layout for trying to match different devices. Basically, I want this monitor can connect the household water and it is controlled by users who us one centrality and several related territorial devices. Since water in the different rooms has the different functions when using, the control system should match on different devices.
Please scroll down, see details of research.
Before I make questionnaire, I guess:
Why I said "save energy" rather than “save water”?
When we think that we are saving water, actually, we are saving energy rather than "save water". Although we use clean water to wash clothes, take a shower or wash our car, the water is not reduced too much but it's just that they become unclean water. If we want the unclean water changes to clean, we need use other energy ( such as electricity, the process of removing impurities and the algae purifying. ) to purify the chemical substances, sewage and bad bacteria. If we waste clean water, maybe our next generations need to spend more time and money to change the unclean water. So when we save clean water, actually we saved energy.
Why am I doing the basic living habits survey?
The first user survey questionnaire is designed for understanding basic using habits of Americans and compared with several typical residents who are living in different countries.
I am doing this basic survey because I just living in America half year. Although I think I have the common sense of the local life, I believe I need to ask the real American who was born in America so that my survey data is true and believable.
In this survey, I created the questionnaires and recorded the users' answers, reorganized and analysed survey results.
User Interview & Questionnaire:
Randomly participators questionnaire and interview them in person or online video call.
Rochester NY of America, Beijing of China, Toronto of Canada, Stockholm of Sweden.
6 Professors, age 30~70:
5 Students, age 25~30:
2 Employees age 27 and 60:
After the survey, I know:
The functions of water in our home
Flo Water Monitor:
Main interface design disadvantages
Flo Water Monitor:
Connection and Separateness
Focus on functions of water in the different rooms
Shape and Colours
Unite interface style
One Special Water Factory:
In the spring vacation, I went to one water factory in Toronto. Before I do not know anything about this water factory and never to think I need to know the water factory. But I'm very curious, I want to know more what I do not know before.
This water factory has a long history, it is built in 1932. In that time just the 631,207 population in Toronto.
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