Designing an app simple enough for any user type while retaining enough capabilities to satisfy power-users.
Zuli — formerly known as Brightblu — is an early stage startup in San Francisco. Their focus is to create a mobile solution to home automation by making it accessible to any smartphone user. Their product is a Smartplug that allows smartphone owners to control standard outlets through Bluetooth, enabling users to turn anything on and off from the touch of a screen. EchoUser was challenged with designing Zuli’s iOS app. We designed the app end-to-end, from user research to wireframes and testing, on to high fidelity mockups and prototypes.
After several iterations, we finalized the designs for the Zuli app, a new multi-faceted product that would control the smartplugs, monitor energy, and allow a user to “set-it-and-forget-it.” One way that we provided Zuli with a different and fun user experience was by providing unique gestures. For example: From the home screen, a user can press and hold to open the dimmer (if applicable). The user can adjust the dimmer with a drag up/down motion, and quick swipe to the left to confirm.