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deskollab

Interaction Design

Product Design

Sep. 2020 - Apr. 2021

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Figma, Miro

Summary

deskollab is a program which allows users to have everything they need in one window for remote work productivity while creating more meaningful connections. From work meetings and school projects to catching up with friends and family, deskollab is a virtual space for all your virtual needs.

 

The Goal

The goal of this project is to create a collaborative virtual workspace which allows the user to move in and out of different spaces depending on their specific needs when working remotely, both with a team and individually.

The Research Process

Research Question

How do social dynamics in hierarchy-based positions affect women working remotely?

Area of Research

Hierarchy, social dynamics, and women working remotely.

The purpose of this project is to better understand and explore how women who are currently or have previously worked remotely are impacted by hierarchical structures and social dynamics in the working world.

This research is relevant and important to technology, social structures, lockdowns and emergency situations as we are experiencing one currently and can expect more to come.

The research conducted in this area is applicable to design thinking and solutions as societal and social structures break down after a global pandemic and need to be re-evaluated

and constructed.

Research Conducted

  • Online Questionnaire

  • Semi-Structured Interviews

Data Synthesis & Research Findings

  • Literature Review

  • Mindmapping

  • Organizing data based on the P.A.C.T. Method (People, Activities, Context, Technologies)

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What The Research Revealed

  • Women working remotely are put into sink or swim position

  • Casual conversations and camaraderie are missing when working remotely

  • It is harder to make meaningful connections and build professional relationships

  • Work/life balance is either much easier or harder when working remotely

Design Problem Statement

To create a virtual space surrounding the personal and shared experiences to solve the needs of those working remotely through a pandemic and bring awareness to these challenges.

The Design Process & Solution

deskollab

A virtual workspace with personal and shared studios where users can work alone or in kollabs to boost productivity and achieve work-life balance. Users can create their own customizable studios based on their specific needs or choose from pre-made templates and customize them later.

Kollabs are different groups of people created by you or someone else. You can be invited to other Kollabs or even start your own. You can have as many Kollabs as you wish.

Personal Studios are rooms that are just for you. This is a space where you can be productive without any interruptions or take a much-needed break from work.

Kollab Studios are rooms for you and your fellow Kollab teammates. This is a space where you can work collaboratively with others, attend work meetings, workout with friends, and more! Create lasting and meaningful connections with coworkers and/or friends in a space catered to your Kollab’s needs.

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Branding Process

The branding for deskollab needed to be playful, inviting, and communicate the concept of collaboration. The name deskollab was inspired by these elements as well. The name deskollab is a combination of the words 'desk' and 'collaboration'. These words are used represent the collaborative element and more efficient communication this program provides to those who may be sitting at home from their own desk, but feel more connected to each other than ever before. 

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Creating deskollab

After the research and branding, I began to sketch low fidelity mockups before creating mid and high-fidelity mockups on Figma. I began user testing during the mid-fidelity phase and received additional feedback in class from my professor and peers. Through this process, it was suggested that I not only incorporate other programs (such as Spotify, YouTube, etc.) into my project, but to incorporate wearable technology as well. Instead of making this technology myself, I looked to the current technology out there which could be implemented like Apple Watches and Microsoft Azure Kinect DK which tracks body movements through a camera.

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The Final Design

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Features

  • Webcam and microphone

  • Bluetooth connection for Apple Watch or other wearable technology

  • The addition of other platforms as widgets

    • YouTube, Spotify, Headspace, Figma, Miro, etc.​

  • Fully customizable Kollabs, Personal Studios, and Kollab Studios

    • The option to change the colour theme

    • The option to add your own photos to Kollabs

    • The option to add or remove widgets from templates and customized studios

  • The ability to move throughout studios without needing to return to the Kollab dashboard

  • The ability to add others as friends and see which rooms they are currently in

  • The ability to see a preview and description of each room from the Kollab dashboard

  • Leaderboards and other interactive elements to challenge your friends

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