Final Presentation

Just gave the final presentation today. Here’s the presentation file:

Showcase Digital Camera – Michael Kuiken

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Paper Model – Think Aloud Protocol

This is an example of some of the testing I did using a paper model of my camera interface. Users were to compete a list of select tasks such as changing settings, deleting an image, and taking a picture.

[youtube http://youtu.be/SzQ48KgCzpY;w=628]

If, for some reason, the embed code is not working, the video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzQ48KgCzpY

Final Concept?

I thought so, but no longer.

Thought process:

Etsy– handmade and vintage… how about a vintage-styled camera. Okay, key features? Wireless flash and wireless syncing. Done.

…But…

I wanted to make a camera that was less boxy– this one is pretty boxy. And this one doesn’t have much over many other mid to upper range point-and-shoots.

Back to the drawing board (or the literal sketchbook).

Vintage Camera Concept

Storyboard – Context

Ideas were chosen to put into three use scenarios that showcased the concepts’ key feature.

The first concept was a camera that has wireless flash units that also serve as extra battery packs. They supplement the battery within the camera. Upon later review this idea no longer seemed applicable because this user is typically found in their own home or studio and could easily plug in the camera or battery.

The second concept was showcased the removable flash component introduced in the first storyboard. The user could then relocate the flash off camera for less harsh lighting. With some creativity, this allows users to create drama, use as a fill strobe, develop more flattering shots, or simulate natural lighting in a studio environment. Different flash levels adds to the versatility.

The third concept allows for the user to control the camera wirelessly from their computer or tablet. Using either bluetooth or a shared wireless network, images could be transferred to allow for quicker image review during shooting. Also, this would offer Etsy sellers an alternate workflow. Their shooting backdrop or scene could be on a desk shared by their computer and the camera could be left on a tripod. Items could quickly be repositioned swapped between shots without the need to run back and forth between the camera and the scene.

Storyboards 2 Storyboards 1

Canon SD 750 – Menu Redesign

This is what the Canon SD750 point and shoot camera interface looks like when written out in Post-It Notes. Theres just too much. Most point-and-shoot users would never know what to do with all of these.

Menu Card Sorting 1

After eliminating all of the stuff that was redundant or unnecessary, here is what my card-sorting group slimmed the menu down to. My final design will likely reflect the refined menu.

Menu Card Sorting 2