Philips Design Trend Platform

UX design project – Master Digital Design Client project

This project is a collaboration between the AUAS and Philips Design – and is under an NDA. Therefore visuals and information presented here are owned by Philips Design and ‘fake’ contents and data is used.

Project mission

Trends – on vastly different levels and areas – are a key asset to the design, research and development departments of Philips. In order to anticipate user and market needs, a selection of trend specialists inside Philips Design collect, filter and translate information. However, the sharing of this knowledge currently lacks structure and method. As a result, the collected data is not organised in a central spot, is complicated to access, and is distributed in too many different platforms.

Our team of 4 – with Kareem Elkady, Josie Fengjiao Zuo and Beatriz Bernardino – was asked to propose a solution space for their internal challenge. Up-to-date and thorough insight in consumer needs and desires is what drives the Philips Design department and we took a similar approach with extensive research and prototyping. This evidence-based process of 14 weeks in total resulted in a strong, validated concept with thoroughly documented research insights and implementations. Our Sketch/Invision prototype is a proposal of the final design, but the concept and the research behind are what is really valuable to Philips here.

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We like to visualise our process with diamonds as they represent the diverging (research) and converging (prototypes) that allowed us to iterate on the concept from different angles.


The Philips employee as red thread

By using interviews, paper prototype sessions, expert sessions, card sorting and usability testing we created an almost constant flow of user-input. I took the lead in this area and completely immersed myself in the outcomes. With user types and stories and personalisation we managed to validate functionalities and content amongst a very diverse set of users and preferences. For example the vast majority of interviewees wanted a separate landing page, however there was little consensus on what content it should have. Not only was the user spread across departments (Marketing Intelligence, Product Design, Design Strategy, etc.) but inside a departments different individuals had vastly different preferences.


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We selected and tweaked our research methods to the type of information we needed. The low fidelity of the paper prototype helped employees to co-create and became creative regarding interacting and functionalities.


A close (Agile) collaboration with the Business Owner allowed us to properly understand the Philips Design employee and create a concept that is feasible, inclusive and ‘feels like Philips’. Working with a diverse set of stakeholders and how to visually represent and structure content are two very motivating and successful aspects of this projects.


All ideas collected
In the first 4 weeks, we started with over 20 paper ideas and kept ideating, leading into 2 main concept directions: visualising trend data and a functional search-find tool. In the end this was combined into one concept and iterated on.


Strategic design role

My personal contribution is – as mentioned before – leading the user research and analysing the data. Furthermore I was the project manager and took a step back every sprint to assess the work delivered on a strategic level (how does this relate to the business, stakeholders, user needs, technology-used and market competitors?) This project was intense, but highly motivating and insightful.


Final design-fake content-Tagcloud
The tag bubbles are a key element of the system (that also differentiates it from competitors). The system is an extension on Microsoft Sharepoint and uses semantics (tags) to access the same content from A. different access points and B. different mental models.