UI/Prototypes
This area is dedicated to UI design and a few of the prototypes I have put together for either Usability testing or general proof of concept.
CIW Subsidiary Experience
Client: Microsoft - Center for Information Work
 
  • My Role
  • Deliverables
  • Accomplices
Interaction Design of all existing UI elements after moving the experience from desktops to tablets. Information Architecture of changes to form factor. Prototyping of the entire experience. Visual Design of layout and controll modifications. Writing and documentation of technical requirements and installation procedures. Professional Service support of installations at international subsidiary locations.
Operational code for the entire prototype tour. Visual elements of redesign and layout changes. Specifications for hardware and installation. Timeline maps.
International Subsidiaries who were the clients installing the experience. Senior Management who define Microsoft’s five to seven year vision. Technicians who maintain the experience environment. Developers who wrote the needed ActiveX hardware links. Product Managers who guided the business requirements at the international subsidiaries.
 
Problem:
Take an existing moderated tour created in Director and Flash, communicating through Flash Media Server, running on smart phones, tablets and desktops with as many as three monitors and port it to run only on tablets with the same back end communication to export the tour to international subsidiaries.

The Microsoft Center for Information Work (CIW) showcases the company’s evolving vision for the future of information work by demonstrating innovative productivity software that will make this vision real for customers and organizations in five to seven years. It features future software developments that solve real customer problems and improve productivity. In this immersive setting of the CIW, visitors become part of a fictitious company and work individually as well as collaboratively to resolve business process challenges. Through the experience of using prototype technologies demonstrated in the CIW, customers emerge with an in-depth sense of how future software could help empower information workers in areas such as individual productivity, business intelligence, team collaboration and workflows.

For more about the CIW, visit:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/ciw/
Solution:
I have created quite a few fairly extensive prototypes in Director for applications, handhelds and embedded systems, but this was the most involved prototype by far. The codebase I was given had been modified and rewritten three times before it was handed to me, and its quirks continued to surprise me throughout the life of the project. I had to take the jumble of casts and movies from stand alone prototypes built to display only on multi-monitor machines with resolutions as wide as 3072 pixels and redesign them to fit a portrait oriented tablet with a resolution of 768x1024. All of the features from the experience in Redmond were tailored to specific computers or computing devices, so much of the project was importing code from multiple prototypes and making them all work together in a new unified prototype.

Some of the concepts explored in the experience include:
  • Natural User Interface
  • Ubiquitous wireless broadband
  • Unified communication
  • Location awareness
  • Simultaneous document collaboration
  • Biometric authentication
I had three months to finish and ship the packaged parts to Ireland, Spain and Singapore and I and it took all the way to the last week to clear all the bugs from the previous versions and nail the experience. The roll out was flawless, and the CIW experience is now live around the globe.
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