USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER
Eye Tracking TV Remote Glasses
The following storyboard was created with personally hand drawn sketches as part of a graduate school project for Fundamentals of Human-Centered Computing class.
Gene lives with his wife Tori. He is unable to grip a handheld tv remote so he utilizes a pair of eye tracking tv remote glasses to control his entertainment center. This storyboard depicts a scenario where Tori is out of the room to do some work in the home office, and Gene is able to relax on his own and independently control the television to watch a movie.
Tori places the smart tv eye tracking glasses on Gene's head before leaving the room to do some work.
Gene winks twice and the television turns on.
His gaze is directed to the top left corner of the screen and the cursor settles on the film icon.
He peruses a list of movie titles and selects one by settling his gaze on the last choice, bottom right.
Gene winks once, and the movie begins.
Gene is able to relax and enjoy his favorite comedy.
After some time, Tori returns to the room.
Gene winks twice and the movie turns off.
The following storyboard was created on Storyboardthat.com as part of a graduate school project for User Interface Prototyping and Development class.
Jan is a single mom with a 10 year old son, Jimmy. This storyboard shows a scenario where Jan gets frustrated with the grocery situation at the house and eventually decides to get a smart fridge, which ends up simplifying her life greatly.
Timmy comes home from school one day, eats a snack, and drinks all of the milk.
Timmy's mom, Jan, gets home from work and heads right to the fridge.
She does not react well when she learns that all the milk is gone.
A few days later, Timmy comes homes to find a new smart fridge. He proceeds to finish the milk, again.
At work, Jan gets an alert on her phone letting her know the milk situation.
Jan makes a quick stop on her way home and surprises Timmy.
A persona for a prospective graduate school student. Created as part of a graduate school blog entry for Fundamentals of Human-Centered Computing class.
Anna is 40 years old, and she is married to Roger, going on 10 years now. They have two sons: Jimmy, age 7, and Sam, age 5. They live in Severna Park, MD in a rancher near a school. In their free time, the family enjoys riding their bikes, playing card games, and going on trips with their pet dog Snoopy.
Anna recently left her position as a police officer after 15 years on the job. She would like a more stable, less dangerous occupation because she is worried what would happen if she got hurt on the job
and couldn’t take care of her family. A higher salary wouldn’t hurt either as the kids grow up and expenses mount. She is currently looking to go back to school for her graduate degree in Information Systems.
She has an undergraduate degree in criminology from the University of Maryland, where she finished with a 3.5 GPA. She was also well liked by both her professors and classmates. She places a lot of value on networking, which is evidenced by her excellent people skills. People close to her describe her as personable and as a diligent worker who is constantly pushing herself.
Anna considers herself quite technology deficient. She frequently asks Roger for help with the nuances of Microsoft office suite on her computer. When she got a smart phone, she needed a lengthy tutorial to understand just the basics. But she is a fast learner, and she has a good eye for graphic design, which is a concentration she would be interested in pursuing further in her graduate studies.
Because Anna has a family to take care of, her free time is very limited. She is willing to fit a few night classes into her already packed schedule, and hopefully some online classes as well. She places a high value on furthering her education, but she does not want to do so at the risk of neglecting her family. HCC 629 seems like a logical choice for her first semester because it would provide a solid introduction to the information systems world, so to speak. She would like to build a base of knowledge about design principles and human-computer interaction before proceeding to more advanced classes. She would also like to learn more about how elements of graphic design are incorporated into technology design.
These next two personas represent two potential users of the UMBC Information Systems website. Created as part of a project for Human-Centered Design graduate school class.
Ronda is a 55 year-old single woman. She is a recruiter for XYZ Company, a contractor that specializes in tech job searches. Her day-to-day responsibilities include resume evaluation and prospective employee background research.
Of the many internet searches she performs on a prospective employee, she verifies information printed on their resume. She also likes to look up educational backgrounds, including additional information about an applicant’s specific alma mater(s).
She is familiar with many local college websites as these are often students and recent graduates looking for work. She has used the UMBC IS site before, but only at the very beginning and very end of a semester, so she is not privy to all the changes that may occur in this time.
Albert is a part time faculty member in IS at UMBC for 3 years, and has recently been looking around for a potential new job. He is 35 years old, with a master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Tech.
He was born in Georgia but moved to Great Britain for 10 years of his youth, after which he moved back to the states and got his undergrad at Georgia Tech before getting his masters a the same school. He is currently splitting his time between lecturing and
working with a few other tenured faculty members on a research project concerning jet-propulsion backpacks.
After many emails back and forth with the IT department, he has finally gotten his name and bio posted to the UMBC IS site along with the other faculty/staff. But he does not like the look of his headshot, the lighting is too dark, and he is not mentioned formally by name in his own research study, only his tenured peers.
Photos courtesy of Morguefile.com.