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Today in “Process: Obstructed” for @Switched | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Today in “Process: Obstructed” for @Switched

In front of the filming of an app process with some fine folk from Engadget In front of the filming of an app process with some fine folk from Engadget and for "Process: Obstructed" for Switched

In front of the filming of an app process with some fine folk from Engadget and for "Process: Obstructed" for Switched

In front of the filming of an app process with some fine folk from Engadget In front of the filming of an app process with some fine folk from Engadget and for "Process: Obstructed" for Switched

A couple of days ago Chad Mumm, a producer for The Engadget Show emailed me asking if I would be interested in being part of the filming of “Process: Obstructed” for Switched. It sounded like a great opportunity to show my design thinking and test what I can do. I was given the challenge to build the perfect device-spanning weather app. I don’t want to give away too much before the film is posted but it was a really quick three hours of time boxing sprints that managed to show how I think.

I broke the process down into six categories:
1. Use cases
· Considering what people actually want to do with a weather app (thanks to the people that responded to my question on Twitter).

2. Analyzing what is already out there
· Deconstructing a couple apps and sites already out there and comparing what they do to the use cases from the first category.

3. Exploring ideas
· Creating new features that support the user experience.

4. Wireframes
· Building out the design in form.

5. Testing + prototyping
· Working details after placing the wireframes on devices.

6. Finish, test and iterate
· Look at the prototype on the device, test what works and fix what doesn’t.

Each of those steps was ten to fifteen minute sprints that I set up for myself. It wasn’t a lot of time but gave a good idea of how an app could develop. I think the film will be out in a couple of weeks. Once it’s up I’ll post some of my whiteboard images and final designs of the work. While I put a lot of pressure on myself I really enjoyed the time seeing what I could do. I highly recommend doing a crazy exercise like that once in a while to push creative constraints.

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  • http://www.engadget.com/editor/chad-mumm Chad Mumm

    We had a blast working with you Michael! I can’t wait to show you what we’ve come up with…