Both during and after the development of my user interface in Flash, I, along with a few classmates and my professor, did cognitive walk-throughs. This was meant to predict and address any problems or inconsistencies in my design.
Design an image-capturing device that facilitates individuals with an online presence to communicate their lives and products more efficiently.
Constraints, Objectives, and Directives
- The product must facilitate in capturing images.
- The product and its accessories must streamline the user’s previous workflow.
- Potential buyers should find product’s utility and style appealing.
- Potential users should be able to take better quality images than previously.
- The product system should involve a lighting element.
- Usage time should be extended within reasonable means.
- Controls should be intuitive or easily learned.
- The device and its accessories ought to travel effectively.
- The product ought to be compact.
- System ought to be visually cohesive.
- Product should be placed at an appropriate price point.
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.
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.
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.