TP-Link Mobile App Redesign

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Project Details

Company
TP-Link
Project Responsibilities
User Experience and Interface Redesign.
Tools Used
Wireframes: Sketch, Hifi Comps: Sketch.
Format
Operating System: NA, File Format: PNG, Export Size: 1X.

Introduction

The Smart Plug was TP-Links first shipped product; a small Wi-Fi-enabled, plug-in device that lets users control and schedule their plug-in lamps or appliances.

Design Challenge

Redesign the mobile application that controls the ecosystem of wifi enabled products such as bulbs, cameras, switches, etc. The challenge was to create an aesthetic redesign of the existing application with maintaining the established features such as power on/off, device icon, device name, buttons to access device settings, schedules, energy usage and runtime excerpts.

Original Smart Plug Screen Usability Feedback

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User Research

I used Fluid Ui’s prototyping tool to perform user research. I was able to evaluate what settings and features were most important to users for this application.

Smart Plug Screen Redesign Early Sketches

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Early Sketches

Quick sketches were used to flush out different screen design concepts.

Smart Plug Screen Redesign Wireframes

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Screens Explained

Basic wireframes were used for Lean UX usability testing.

Smart Plug Screen Redesign Usability Feedback

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User Research

I used Fluid Ui’s prototyping tool to perform user research. I was able to evaluate what settings and features were most important to users for this application.

Smart Plug Redesign Screen Comparison

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Conclusion

The redesigned Smart Plug mobile application features recognizable design elements such as the gear icon for the setting screen and the lightening bolt icon for the usage screen. The on/off button was enlarged and placed in the middle of the screen as to user case study demands. The main concept behind the Smart Plug mobile application redesign was to create a user experience so subtle and usable that the design becomes invisible, quite simply good design is often invisible.

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