We are pleased to have a special guest post today, by Allovus Project Manager/UX Designer J. Alison Grauman. Take it away, Alison!
My experience as a user interaction designer started in 1989, when I worked as a contractor for Microsoft. I was hired by Virginia Howlett, joining the newly formed usability group, located in building 5.
Eight years later I left Microsoft after having given birth to my daughter, Alexandra. From home, I continued to work freelance, but I also loved looking for opportunities to apply my design skills to various household projects. There is one recent project in particular I would like to share with you.
Last December, our family dog of nine years, Checkers, died quite unexpectedly. I was truly devastated, but knew that I couldn’t be without a dog for long. In my grieving, I decided to focus my energy on how I might improve the overall dog-owning experience next time around. It was then that I had the idea to create an indoor dog potty.
I hit on the idea when I realized that we had a rarely-used shower in the laundry room, and the laundry room, with its heated tile flooring, was the perfect place to leave our new pup when we left the house. I was obsessed with this project for a few weeks, and though I knew it was bordering on crazy, I was having so much fun, I was determined to complete my vision and see if an indoor dog potty could actually work.
After a series of usability trials, I’m happy to report that the dog potty has been a great success with dogs and dog lovers alike! We now leave our puppy in the laundry room, knowing that when we return all deposits will be in their proper place.
SUBMITTED BY: J. ALISON GRAUMAN