Google – The Future of Material Design

During three days, in group of 4, we had a workshop with Google. The workshop goal was to work on the future of Material Design, specifically how it could be adapted to physical world. After a quick brief, we decided to work on the connected home and how can we apply Material Design to our daily tasks.

We started by mapping a typical day within a four person family in order to see when people are together or not and which moments they share. With this data we could see that in the morning people are usually doing different tasks at the same time. This schedule can be a problem for a family if someone is late for example. Our goal was to tackle those little frustrations points that can happen everyday at home.

That’s why we focused on the shower time, especially the morning before work or school. We found two important topics for us: time and water consumption. We finally established three problematics:

  • How can you communicate with others and manage your time across your surrounding environment?
  • How can you visualize your shower time and how does it impact other’s schedule?
  • How to raise user awareness regarding water consumption?

We created a short movie showing how this concept could work in real life and during our daily tasks.