Nest Thermostat

web, UX, visual design, service design

The Nest thermostat for the home includes an online scheduling tool for specifying temperatures at certain times of day. The experience does not meet the sophistication of the product and prevents customers from utilizing the feature.

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CLIENT

Class Project

DURATION

10 Weeks

Goal

The set-point system used in the original design is unclear and prevents the user from easily creating templates. My focus was creating a design which built on interactions the user is familiar with while inlcuding a dynamic theme to create a rewarding experience. As this was a school project the goal was not to create a brand-centered design.

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Original Design

01 - FEATURES

Time Blocks

Block out the time that you would like the temperature to be set. Any time without a specified temperature will defer to a default temperature specified by you. This is a more visually representative approach compared to the set point interface that the original design uses.

Original Set Point Design: User sets a point as a temperature in the weekly calendar and the Nest will maintain this temperature until a new point is created.

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02 - FEATURES

Templates

Set a template to maintain or change temperatures throughout the day. You can then apply the template whenever you'd like so you do not have to repeatedly set the same temperatures.

03 - FEATURES

Sync & Share

Available to sync with Google calendar or other such scheduling systems. Sync to the phone allows for manipulating the schedule from wherever you may be.

Sharing the schedule with your room/housemates with provided permissions so that you can control who sets the temperatures.

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Process

User Flows → Visual Research → Sketches → Wireframes

 

User Flow - Content

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Mood & Style

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Sketches

 

Final Designs

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If I did the project again...

I would align it visually with the Nest interface so that it could be easily implemented. The experience still has room for improvement in the user research process which this project did not reach.

As an example, the length of a preset may be determined in the creation of the template or may be specified in dragging out a block. Currently, these two options are not mutually exclusive. 

Overall, the project provided me an opportunity to challenge my visual style and explore a service that would be used every day.

I aspire to collaborate with a versatile and diverse team on projects that are inclusive, comprehensive, and valuable.

apskenig@gmail.com