Over the past few years, the Instant Pot has become a juggernaut in the kitchen device world. The multi-functional cooker serves the role of replacing various kitchen devices. It helps eliminate kitchen clutter and helps assist with complexity of making dinner for manner. After skimming many reviews of this product we found the complex interface to be the major complaint for new and existing users.
We focused on simplifying the complexity of the pot UI in combination with a potential mobile application to control the pot itself. To achieve this outcome, we focused on four design principles: Visibility: Ability to monitor meal progress; Consistency: Cohesion in look and function across channels; Ease of Use: Ability to easily and seamlessly transition between channels; and Clarity: Clear and concise action indication.
In addition to redesigning the current interface, we also worked on adding a recipe functionality.
My role: UI design, Axure prototype functionality, and user testing.
Our team of three completed this project over 10 weeks. Our process began with research into current customer complaints online, and then design workshop to produce paper Lo-Fi prototypes based on an ideal user we found during initial exploratory research. After we developed a Mid-Fi prototype, tested again and developed our final Hi-Fi prototype.
Paper to Mid-Fi Prototypes
We began with a brainstorm session and sketch out several prototypes we felt would fix the problem with the interface. Paper Prototyping allowed us to get through our ideas quickly. After our design session we developed an interactive Mid-Fi prototype to test with users.