Nest Schedule Redesign
The Nest smart thermostat connects to a website module that lets users schedule temperature targets for the week, but it is limited and takes effort to use.
I redesigned the module to be a full-fledged experience with an interface that feels more like an extension of the thermostat.
Set temperatures are displayed as blocks of colors that make up a whole day. Users can visually understand their schedule.
Users can create temperature presets and connect them to colors they choose.
- A mother with a 9:00 to 5:00 office job
- Regular routine, driving kids to and from soccer practice after work and holding book club on the weekends
- Her family goes on a month-long vacation every summer
Linda already knows how to schedule her thermostat according to these different daily routines, so she would like a system that lets her build a thermostat schedule based on the types of days she has.
- A bachelor living on his own
- Is money conscious
- Weather where he lives varies greatly day to day
- Wants the house to be at a comfortable temperature when his parents visit
Paying for a house on his own is tough, so Jon tries to save where he can. This means not running the thermostat too much. However, his parents' comfort take priority so he can afford to spend a little more when they visit.
This scheduling module should follow Nest's branding and feel closely connected to the thought of home.
Since this interface is not common, I developed a protoype for scheduling temperatures to show that it is feasible.
This prototype pulls accurate weather data from the Dark Sky API.
Try the prototype
It was exciting getting to program a web app that theoretically works with a real, existing product. It was also fun to design an interface that's not really conventional. Although, I did have to pull back at times from making interactions too unconventional. I learned that if an interface is new, I have to put more effort into making sure that it is intuitive.