About two months in the past my cellphone stored buzzing with notifications. I acquired the kindest tweets after it was introduced that I used to be becoming a member of Dwelling Assistant as the primary full-time UX designer. That enthusiasm can also be mirrored within the greater than 500 registrations for our person analysis group and the numerous feedback we acquired on design concepts I’ve shared on Twitter.
Dwelling Assistant has a big group of customers with a standard purpose: house automation that places native management and privateness first. From our analytics we now have over 85.000 customers who opted in to share their knowledge anonymously, however we all know that there are much more. None of those homes and customers are alike and will have totally different, maybe conflicting pursuits. Right here lies the ability of UX. As Scott Jenson shared in his improbable keynote, UX presents perspective. Who’re the customers? What are their duties? And what’s their ache? What do they wish to obtain?
Within the coming interval, I’ll examine what sort of sensible house customers there are, what their wants are and what stands in the way in which of reaching this.
Final 12 months alone, there have been over 8,000 GitHub contributors to Dwelling Assistant. That’s actually improbable! With a Designer-to-Developer ratio of 1 per 8.000, it’s straightforward to get misplaced within the backend of design and overlook the customers. This can lead to inconsistent person interfaces or designs that may very well be extra user-friendly. For now we’re engaged on three areas.
We wish to make it as straightforward for designers to contribute as it’s for builders. There’s rather a lot a designer can contribute to. For instance, making it simpler to work with gentle teams or getting began with automating your home. When you’ve got a design you actually suppose we should always take a look at? Would you want to assist construct our personal Design System? Do you have got expertise with person testing? Do you have got strategic design concepts? Wish to set up a web-based design workshop? Or simply wish to meet fellow designers? Meet us at devs_ux Discord channel or be a part of us on GitHub discussions.
We wish it to be straightforward to start out creating and iterating on design mockups for Dwelling Assistant. We wish anybody that’s to have the ability to soar in. To realize this we’ve been arduous at work at re-creating the parts that make up the Dwelling Assistant interface as a DesignKit for Figma. This permits anybody to experiment with the Dwelling Assistant interface and rapidly check out totally different ideas. Attempt it your self and be at liberty to share your designs.
With clear tips, you possibly can guarantee velocity and high quality. That’s why we’re engaged on design documentation that shall be out there quickly. Its purpose is to assist designers and builders make higher decisions. Bought solutions or wish to assist with our tips? Meet us at devs_ux Discord channel.