Nest for iPhone Redesign(medium.com)

over 4 years ago from Evan Dinsmore, Designer at Shopify

  • Ryan ScottRyan Scott, over 4 years ago

    I really like the UI animations created here and I agree that the Nest app needs improvements, but the emphasis on weather in this prototype doesn't make sense to me. While I understand that the current app displays the weather in the corner, it is definitely not a large point of emphasis. It seems it's only there currently to reinforce to the user that the temperature displayed in the middle of the UI is indeed the indoor temperature of their thermostat and not the outdoor reading. I think adding weather animations front and center confuses the app's purpose of a simulated Nest hardware interface.

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    • Vince Angeloni, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      I have to agree. The first thing I thought of was the relevance of snow or sunshine to my indoor climate. To me they are two different interpretations of climate.

      What would be cool instead is to have the background of the app not imitate the outdoor climate, but show a color based on the indoor climate. A soft pastel orange for warm which changes to a soft blue for cool as the temperature changes and vice versa.

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    • Evan Dinsmore, over 4 years ago

      I've been creating these design challenges for my own use cases, and I tend to check the Nest app when I'm either away, or about to return home, and in most cases what kind of weather there is determines what temperature I'm going to set my Nest. If it's a particularly cold day, I know there's a draft and will need more heat. If it's a particularly sunny day, I know that I'll need more air conditioning.

      That said, I see where you're coming from though and how that could potentially be confusing. That's where user testing would normally come in to check these assumptions. Thanks for the feedback!

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