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Designing for TV – Part 1

January 9th, 2012, Posted by Mark Sloan

Google TV» (GTV) is a platform that has been out for over a year and has seen a major redesign in that time. Many new manufacturers have announced their own GTV’s at the 2012 CES» as well as their own branches of the Android OS. What is apparent already is that a few basic tenants of designing for TV are being violated. The first that we will address is that TVs are a shared experience and therefore the system should display “live TV” as much as possible. This quick post looks at how Google TV violates this basic concept.  (more…)

LEVEL Studios: Client

November 30th, 2011, Posted by Mark Sloan

As Director of UX at LEVEL Studios», Mark Sloan helped craft UX/UI solutions for multi-platform user experiences across connected devices.  As Sloan Studio developed, the relationship with LEVEL evolved to a peer agency collaboration, where LEVEL hired services from Sloan Studio to serve existing clients. Work included consumer electronics from Android handheld devices to TVs based on the Google TV platform and required a deep understanding of both ergonomic and technological limitations. Sloan Studio worked with LEVEL’s internal UX and design teams to develop the overall UX concepts, wireframes and specifications.

When working on multi-platform devices, it is critical to reset requirements for each as their form factors dictate what is feasible. User goals differ from mobile, to tablet, to TV and from Applications to web sites, so the design must be based on these goals. The ergonomics of each platform also dictates usage, including how they physically interact whether through direct manipulation (multi-touch) or via an input device such as a remote or mouse. To learn more about our multi-platform experience, please Contact Us.