Design challenges created to test the processes and creativity of any designer._

The Perfect Coffee App

Grinding and brewing coffee makes for the freshest, tastiest brews, yet it’s sometimes difficult to know the exact amount of coffee to use for a pourover, or the precise grind you need to for a french press. Design an app that allows the user to search for a specific coffee roaster and the recommended weight, grind, and brewing technique for that particular bean.

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Metro Card UI

The introduction of ‘metro cards’ on rail networks across the world have made travel much easier, but that does not mean purchasing or topping-up the card is simple. For this exercise, redesign the workflow for somebody either buying or topping up a metro card while in a metro station anywhere around the globe. Keep in mind that this is likely a touch interface on a proprietary screen in a metro station.

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Local Events App

Many people want to leave popular social networks but are concerned leaving would mean no longer being notified about local events. Imagine an experience which allowed users to create, share, attend, or be notified about certain events. Keep in mind that people may have different tests or some events may not be of interest to them, and that the creator may be a business.

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HIIT Workout Timer

Following the success of circuit training programs like CrossFit, a lot of individuals are taking to high intensity interval training (HIIT). Design the workflow required for someone to create a timer specifically for HIIT workouts, paying particular attention to the visual feedback given to the user mid-workout.

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Refund or Replace Online

Shopping for clothes online would be easier if a reassuring return, replace, and refund process was available to all shoppers. Imagine you want to return or replace one or more items for your favorite clothing store and create the dream experience for it. This flow is about reassuring the user about what is happening at each step in the process.

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Face-Value Tickets App

Whenever a new, big show is announced and tickets become available, bots and scalpers are at hand to purchase the tickets with the intention of re-selling them at inflated prices. This exercise is to design an experience to buy, sell, or swap digital or physical tickets at face value, driving down the cost of tickets and preventing scalping.

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Event Buddy App

Sometimes people want to go to an event (concert, museum exhibit, etc.) that none of their friends are interested in. These people might not want to experience the event alone, so they forego the opportunity. Create an app to allow people like this to find one or more person to go to the show with them.

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Voting App

Voting is a complicated, yet hugely important process in the democratic world. Create a mobile application that allows people anywhere to understand what they are voting for and cast votes while considering things like security, fake voters, voting verification, and whether or not the user has any forms of identification.

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Book Recommendation UI

Reading a book is a significant time investment and people want to know that the book they're about to read is worth their time. Suggest a user interface for book recommendations and ratings that doesn’t rely heavily on overall star-ratings, and instead on the nuanced tastes of the user.

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Two-Factor Authentication on iOS

As security and privacy become more important, so does two-factor authentication. This exercise is to introduce two-factor authentication to an established application in an intuitive manner, then figure out how to encourage the users of the application to opt-in to these essential new security measures.

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Checkout Flow

Converting site exploration to a sale is the most important aspect of e-commerce design and many users drop out at the most important point of their journey - when they are about to finalize their purchase. This exercise is to create a checkout experience that encourages the user to go through with a full purchase.

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Meeting Room UI

Communication in large offices is a challenge, and booking some space to run a meeting or have a private call shouldn’t be difficult. A user interface on a small or large screen to let someone know whether a meeting room is free, how long for, and allow the person to book on the spot if necessary.

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Plant Care App

Milennials understand the important of a plant-rich, organic feel in their homes and are buying plants without knowing how to look after them. Design an application that helps people take care of their plants at a basic level. This app should consider multiple kinds of plants requirements, notifications, and other tips around plant care.

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Supermarket Product Finder

Help people in supermarkets figure out where they can get that difficult-to-find product and put it in their basket. This application should be for broad use by anybody who might use a supermarket and has a device, it could even be an interface near the customer services points throughout a store – you decide!

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Artist Critique App

An instagram-like app for creatives to give critique to each other and highlight cool new ideas with the artistic community. To get early feedback on creative ideas before sharing with the world. Write a user narrative for the following scenario that could be used to facilitate a 30 minute collaborative sketching session between team members.

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Pet Daycare App

Design the workflow for finding someone to look after a pet, and to keep the pet owner updated with how their pet is doing while under care. This application allows public searching for profiles and should allow for private communication between individuals, it should reassure the owners that they are finding trusted carers for their pet.

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Check-Splitting UI

Design an application that can quickly split a check at a restaurant. The app should consider itemized bills, equal splits, and could also provide suggestions for tipping. It should appeal to a broad audience and be easy to use for those who may have had one or two too many of fancy cocktails over dinner.

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Lamp Product Cards

Anglepoise has decided it wants to create a more compelling way for people to view, understand, and purchase their popular 1227 lamps. Design a web-based compelling product page or product list to encourage users to click through and purchase one of these modern, luxury lamps for their home or office.

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Audiobook UI

Audiobooks and podcasting are the fastest growing audio segments on mobile. Users who listen to audiobooks don’t enjoy the benefits of dog-earing pages, highlighting excerpts or leaving notes on their favorite pages… Design an Audiobook or Podcasting mobile app that is highly personal and highly interactive.

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Spotify Artist Catalogue Manager

Spotify has decided to give artists control of their catalogues on their platform. A Mac-based editor and artist management system that allows artists to manage their presence on Spotify. The solution should account for all existing artist content on Spotify but feel free to get creative and add additional features that an artist might find useful.

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Roommates

54% of the world’s population live in urban communities, the average marriage age for men is 29 and for women is 27. Design a mobile product experience that makes it safe to find the ideal roommate. Design the experience from the perspective of person who is looking for a roommate as well as the one who is looking for the apartment.

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Chat Application

This exercise is to design the home screen for an iOS app based around “discussions” or chat rooms. The app has a number of predetermined “channels” based on topics such as cooking, science, and movies. Users can participate in or create new “discussions” to go within any of the channels (e.g. “What is the best kind of rice?”).

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