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The Battle of the Smartwatches

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With the recent announcement of the Apple Watch, along with Android Wear rapidly evolving, the popularity of the smartwatch is at an all-time high. Learn the commonalities and differences between these two platforms as means to enhance the smartwatch user experience – from understanding design trends for each operating system, to utilizing the constraints of these small devices.

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The Battle of the Smartwatches

  1. THE BATTLE OF THE SMARTWATCHES WHY A LOOK INTO ANDROID WEAR (Specifically MOTO 360) & APPLE WATCH. WHAT DO DESIGNERS NEED TO KNOW?
  2. THE BATTLE OF THE SMARTWATCHES WHY A LOOK INTO ANDROID WEAR (Specifically MOTO 360) & APPLE WATCH. WHAT DO DESIGNERS NEED TO KNOW? ALYSSA BURKE WHO AM I? User Interface Designer at ÄKTA @designbyalyssa akta.com
  3. WHY SMARTWATCHES WHAT MAKES THEM SO DESIRABLE? WHY ARE THEY IN DEMAND?
  4. • Constraints of other wearables can cause a lack of visual information and interactivity • Phones are getting bigger • Daily digestible content is increasing • Getting phone out of pocket can be cumbersome • A need to be more connected to both the virtual world and the real world • Cool factor WHY SMARTWATCHES WHAT MAKES THEM SO DESIRABLE? WHY ARE THEY IN DEMAND?
  5. CHALLENGES WHAT ARE THE WHAT ARE DESIGNERS GETTING THEMSELVES INTO?
  6. CHALLENGES WHAT ARE THE WHAT ARE DESIGNERS GETTING THEMSELVES INTO? IT IS A GAME OF TRADE-OFFS AS A RESULT OF CONSTRAINTS Including physical, technical & philosophical
  7. CHALLENGES WHAT ARE THE WHAT ARE DESIGNERS GETTING THEMSELVES INTO? CONSTRAINTS • Small screen • Lack of affordances • Readability issues • Limited touch space can mean limited actions • Various screen sizes • Cropping issues • Resolution issues • Various screen shapes • Cropping Issues PHYSICAL
  8. CHALLENGES WHAT ARE THE WHAT ARE DESIGNERS GETTING THEMSELVES INTO? CONSTRAINTS • Connectivity • Must connect to an iPhone or Android device for full functionality • Sensors • Apple Watch | Currently third party developers can not access heart rate, motion, NFC, bluetooth or gestures TECHNICAL
  9. CHALLENGES WHAT ARE THE WHAT ARE DESIGNERS GETTING THEMSELVES INTO? CONSTRAINTS • Interactions • Apple Watch | Single touch, Force, Swipes vertically only, Taps • Android Wear | Free form gestures, Multitouch, Swipes vertically and horizontally, Taps TECHNICAL
  10. CHALLENGES WHAT ARE THE WHAT ARE DESIGNERS GETTING THEMSELVES INTO? CONSTRAINTS • Design Philosophy • Android Wear & Apple Watch follow a set of design principles which are not exactly the same. PHILOSOPHICAL
  11. ANDROID WEAR DESIGN PRINCIPLE THEMES
  12. ANDROID WEAR DESIGN PRINCIPLE THEMES Design for glances and notifications • Long vs Short • Content • Frequency Do one thing, really fast Content inspired by http://thinkapps.com Content inspired by developer.android.com TIP: TASKS SHOULD TAKE 5 SECONDS OR LESS BE EFFICIENT
  13. ANDROID WEAR DESIGN PRINCIPLE THEMES Design with Unobtrusiveness Focus on not stopping the user and all else will follow Content inspired by http://thinkapps.com Content inspired by developer.android.com BE SEAMLESS Don’t be a constant shoulder taper
  14. ANDROID WEAR DESIGN PRINCIPLE THEMES Design for small screen real estate • UI controls • Circular buttons Design for big gestures Content inspired by http://thinkapps.com Content inspired by developer.android.com BE CONSIDERATE OF SIZE CONSTRAINTS
  15. ANDROID WEAR DESIGN PRINCIPLE THEMES Design to be contextual • Hierarchy • Predictive intelligence Think about stream cards first: The right content at the right time Content inspired by http://thinkapps.com Content inspired by developer.android.com BE RELEVANT
  16. ANDROID WEAR DESIGN PRINCIPLE THEMES Design for the corner of the eye Content inspired by http://thinkapps.com Content inspired by developer.android.com BE DISTINCTIVE Design your icons to represent your brand Design with good typography and color
  17. HOW TO COMBAT THE CHALLENGES WHAT TOOLS AND RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO DESIGNERS?
  18. DESIGN PATTERNS
  19. DESIGN PATTERNS • Glances • Notifications • Modal Sheets • Layout • Color and Typography • Animations • Branding APPLE WATCH ANDROID WEAR • Cards • App icons • Pages • Action buttons / Action countdown and confirmation • Continuing activity on phone • Controls • Selection List • Glances • 2D Picker
  20. DESIGN PATTERNS • Glances • Notifications • Modal Sheets • Layout • Color and Typography • Animations • Branding APPLE WATCH ANDROID WEAR • Cards • App icons • Pages • Action buttons / Action countdown and confirmation • Continuing activity on phone • Controls • Selection List • Glances • 2D PickerAPPLE WATCH developer.apple.com
  21. DESIGN PATTERNS • Glances • Notifications • Modal Sheets • Layout • Color and Typography • Animations • Branding APPLE WATCH ANDROID WEAR • Cards • App icons • Pages • Action buttons / Action countdown and confirmation • Continuing activity on phone • Controls • Selection List • Glances • 2D PickerANDROID WEAR developer.android.com
  22. IMPORTANT WHY ARE DESIGN PATTERNS WHY SHOULD DESIGNERS USE DESIGN PATTERNS AS GUIDELINES?
  23. • Provides a good user experience • Note: Each OS has its own set of design patterns. Don’t mix and match! • Helpful for developers who are not the strongest designers IMPORTANT WHY ARE DESIGN PATTERNS WHY SHOULD DESIGNERS USE DESIGN PATTERNS AS GUIDELINES?
  24. THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE OF SMARTWATCHES BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NOGGIN OF ALYSSA BURKE • Social norm • More watch-like • Increased battery life • Stand alone • Smarter prediction
  25. LETS RECAP WHAT ARE THE KEY TAKE AWAYS? 1. It is not about one watch being better than another 2. Design for the specific platform 3. Remember, this is a second screen experience 4. Remember the design principles 5. Refer back to the design documentation
  26. “Good design, when it’s done well, becomes invisible. It’s only when it’s done poorly that we notice it.” - JARED SPOOL
  27. THANKS QUESTIONS? ALYSSA BURKE @designbyalyssa

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