Foxconn 2015 - 2016
Directed all planning, training, logistics, protocol development, prototype development, and managed vendors.
Authored research protocols and findings reports.
AVP of Design
Users mainly do three things: They make stuff. They find and watch, or listen to, or read stuff. And they sometimes collect and arrange the stuff they make and find. Create > Consume > Curate.
Plum Blossom is the consumer product innovation for Curate tasks: to collect and organize any kind of content in an on-device visual file system. This unique offering was designed to be difficult-to-copy and available to be leveraged by one of three available brand channels.
Content is arranged in dynamic templates and users can decorate their collections with stickers and ‘iffies’ (if/then reminders). Users can make their own templates, and developers can build and offer additional tools through a plug-in architecture.
Based on technical constraints of the Android operating system, the needs and requests of users, and system usability, we ran the risk of hitting a dead end on this concept. In order to test the concepts and move the design forward, we had to overcome the learning curves on mobile prototyping tools and technologies as well as on Android. The looming prospect of big changes with Nougat also complicated matters.
The first phase shipped January 2017 on Nokia 6 as Hyperclip, a 20-item clipboard stored on device.
Interviews - Concept Validation - Usability Testing
All stakeholders asked family members, friends, and themselves about their patterns for organization (e.g. How do you collect and organize your stuff, physical or digital? What are patterns/systems you use at home, at work, for shared things?). We shared findings as a team in order to better understand the variety of schemas we might need to support in this visual file system.
We discovered that well-ordered lists and hierarchical systems were still useful, even with visual artifacts. However, layouts that support loose grouping/organization would provide users more flexibility as often their schemas are not well-defined and do not lend themselves to strict rules. The challenge for prototyping, therefore, was to support these schemas from the physical world in the digital and figure out how to offer users more arrangement flexibility without confusing them.
1 Qualitative Interviews
Informal interviews conducted by several team members with group synthesis.
2 Validate Concepts with Real Users
Conceptual feedback from a real panel of Android mobile device users using prototype designs in the field. Insights used to iterate upon the design.
We tested in Singapore due to the number of bilingual residents there. Also, participants had strong connections to mainland China, one of the key markets for this innovation.
We ran 20 sessions in total with a wide range of non-technical consumers. The session format was a combination of qualitative interviewing to review collections they had on their current device and scenario-based tasks, with a clickable Axure prototype.
Although most users understood the intent and said they would use a curation tool like this in real life, the testing illustrated clearly how the design should be modified. The bottom drawer of action icons was very confusing and introduced terminology not intuitive to users. We needed an approach that brought more immediate access to the visual clipboard and curations and didn't hide them behind button selections.
Users recognized that we were showing them new content organization possibilities
Users in this market liked the visual effects of our alternative layouts and gave examples of how they would be useful
Consumers we spoke with don’t care where their content is stored, only that it’s free
Users want free storage; the sessions made it clear that users would use several different solutions up to their ‘free’ limits to avoid paying for additional storage and didn’t worry about where the content was stored
Users are not in a position to pay a high premium for devices with large memory and most are constantly downloading and deleting apps and media because of it; therefore, collections need to leverage cloud storage for this concept to even work
Participant Sessions in Singapore
3 Usability Testing via APK