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Autodesk

Lead Product Designer

In a partnership with an Isreali company pioneering energy management solutions, Autodesk was looking for a way to integrate their data models with the energy data provided by Panoramic Power. We were to design a proof of concept design that would be piloted in San Francisco. I lead the product design sprint, walking the senior-level team through our product design process, and the design for the prototype.

This was a two week engagement along with designer Ethan Leon, the first week following thoughtbot’s typical design sprint process, the second validating and further improving the designs.

Panoramic Power offers detailed information about a machine’s electrical consumption, akin to a person’s pulse; excess or spikes in power consumption are indicative of a malfunction where a stable system is the ideal. This kind of data, properly identified and used, is invaluable to production facility managers who, responsible for managing the production of all manner of goods, are always looking for inefficiencies. Autodesk was keen on mapping that data to their own modeling systems in order to give better line-of-sight into the data.

The first week I defined and lead the engagement between both companies, walking them through understanding, divergence, and convergence phases wherein the stakeholders shared and participated with the product design process. Here I facilitated a critique with the stakeholders of interactions proposed by both stakeholders and designers.

We spent a great deal of time trying to understand the core technologies of both Autodesk and Panoramic Power and how they might be used in a manufacturing facility.

With the stakeholders, I facilitated storyboarding exercises that helped better facilitate empathy with our users.

Here are the sketches for our initial prototype before focusing on visual design.

Ethan and I pushed the designs forward and validated them with user feedback, where an Invision prototype was a significant part of the process.

Here are our screens for the initial prototype, mapping energy consumption to Autodesk modeling data.

An example of the interaction of identifying an energy data source on a factory layout. A gif can be found here.

Our second Invision prototype, after having received user feedback from facility managers, incorporated a login screen to give users context.

After finding users were confused by our original navigations, we updated the left navigation with improved icons and the right with significantly simplified alarm highlighting.

We also more fully incorporated the Autodesk workspace.

Comparing current energy consumption against past consumption was fairly rudimentary in our first prototype. We added the ability for facility managers to add, remove, and update energy warning thresholds.

Ultimately, along with familiarizing the stakeholders with the design sprint process, we delivered annotated user testing results, detailed comps, and the Invision prototype.