Sketch A Dashboard

My life would be easier if I had a home dashboard system that allowed me to control different parts of my home and fed me information. Of course, this implies that I have things to control… I do not.
Here are some quick sketches I put together that I will never develop.

The following things came out during my initial brainstorm.
  • Time with a calendar and things to do.
  • Indoor/Outdoor information including temperature, weather, and pollen counts (because of my allergies).
  • Ability to play music from my preferred music service.
  • Viewing of any security cameras (of which I have none).
  • Voice control for things like Alexa.
  • Light control geared towards activities.
  • The ability to call people, potentially with video.
  • Information about family members, where are they?
  • Information about our home security sensors as well as the ability to arm and disarm easily.

My first sketch looks at the whole dashboard as a series of tiles (a common theme for what feels good). One thing I was trying to do was design the dashboard tiles in a way that they are not all squared off, but also not rounded. In my mind, the dashboard would be sci-fi/futuristic blue with a lot of nice lines. Each of the tiles is hovering over a slight gradient background.


My second sketch might be easier for an individual to configure because each tile is rectangular. I could see different companies offering modules that people add to the screen like widgets. The tiles would be semi-transparent, and allow you to set a background image.


By joshuarlowry

Designer, Data Vis Expert, Tinkerer

The opinions expressed are my own and not that of my company.

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