Date: November 7, 2020
By: Karen Donoghue, Product, Local Haze

For the version 1.5 release of Local Haze, we are announcing two enhancements.

Display of AQI on the Sensors screen

Many Local Haze users have written to us to request user experience improvements, and the inclusion of AQI (Air Quality Index) data on the Sensors screen has been a common request. In this release, we have added AQI data to the Sensors screen.

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In the last few months, the number of PurpleAir sensors monitored by Local Haze has increased significantly due to wildfires in the western region of the USA. Local Haze is now monitoring over 10,200 PurpleAir devices as of November 7, 2020.

Release 1.5 of…


Remote coaching on mobile devices will require a new look at old use cases.

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By Karen Donoghue and Craig Newell, HumanLogic

April 20, 2020

Last week we helped my mother set up her new Samsung mobile phone. Due to the current pandemic, she is under a stay at home order in Florida. Provisioning my mother’s new phone meant transferring personal data from her old phone to the new one. In order to perform this task she had to find, install and launch the Samsung Smart Switch data transfer app. …


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#ProudMondays #airquality

After relocating from Cambridge MA, I ended up with a diagnosis of asthma. To monitor our local air quality we bought a home AQ sensor, but wanted an easier way to view and understand the sensor data. To solve this I released an app for iPhone called Local Haze that aggregates crowdsourced air quality data, delivering it in an easy to understand mobile experience.

Local Haze allows consumers to search for AQ sensors by geolocation and then to view sensor readings in detail “at a glance”. The app also shows sensor AQ as a PM2.5 …


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Local Haze
Air quality sensor confidence ratings delivered for free on your iPhone
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/local-haze/id1278998405

July 24, 2019
By: Karen Donoghue, PM/UX

Consumers are taking air quality (AQ) monitoring into their own hands, researching, purchasing, building and installing both indoor and outdoor stationary AQ sensors for their homes. A growing market of AQ sensors available to consumers offers more choices for outdoor air monitoring such as PurpleAir and Luftdaten while governments maintain a small number of high quality calibrated sensors for monitoring outdoor air quality.

Local Haze is a free iPhone app that allows consumers to crowdsource and assess the accuracy…


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As a tax attorney in Brazil, Adriana has just signed on a new client for a huge tax compliance lawsuit. After the thrill of winning the big client fades, reality sets in. What Adriana dreads most about starting her case is the drudgery of initiating and performing the intensive required research. She knows she will spend hundreds of hours searching and analyzing prior legal case precedents and tax rules in order to prepare her client’s case.

As noted in the NYTimes, Brazil is known to have the most complicated tax system in the world and legal compliance in Brazil is…


By: Karen Donoghue, Product Manager & Interaction Designer

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Local Haze Version 1.2 now features data from over 10,000 crowdsourced air quality sensors worldwide.

Local Haze: Air quality sensor confidence ratings for free on your iPhone

New Features in Release 1.2

Local Haze has two new features to announce in this release (Version 1.2). We’ve added nearly 6,000 Luftdaten community sensors, more than doubling the total number of crowdsourced sensors being displayed by Local Haze. As of this release, our count of monitored sensors is now just over 10,000 worldwide.


By: Karen Donoghue

Responding to user feedback, Local Haze has a new search by location feature to improve the app’s user experience and make it easier to locate air quality (AQ) sensors. In addition, the scalability of the map view has been improved with sensor site clustering.

With this new release, Local Haze continues to help air quality enthusiasts be more confident about their local outdoor air quality readings by improving the quality of sensor accuracy through crowdsourcing.

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The new search UI in the Local Haze app (left) lets users enter the name of a location, an air quality sensor name or a zip code to see sensors for that location. When there are many sensors in a geographic region, Local Haze now displays an aggregated visual “pie chart” of colors representing clustered sensors’ air quality readings (right).

With release 1.1.0, now when you swipe down from the top of the main Sensors screen you’ll see the new search UI…


INDUSTRY: Thermodata’s temperature monitoring solutions for life sciences and food industries

Thermodata

PRACTICE AREAS

Product Planning, UI/UX Design, UX Workshop facilitation, Personas, Flows, Wireframes

PROJECT

Design the Loggistix SaaS Console User Experience

SUMMARY

· Led highly collaborative approach with Thermodata Executive team to validate product requirements and end user experience of SaaS product before building any software, substantially reducing delivery risk.

· Designed a new easy-to-use SaaS product platform that enables more efficient sales and price elasticity of Thermodata’s calibration service as a key component of an integrated Cloud services offering.

· The new design streamlines selling of the product and has improved adoption of the trial experience for the Loggistix platform, propelling sales of…


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Local Haze application for iPhone by HumanLogic, displaying air quality sensor confidence ratings. Available for free on the Apple App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/local-haze/id1278998405?mt=8

PRACTICE AREAS

Product Planning, Product Management, UX Design, Launch

PROJECT

Design and launch an iPhone application displaying real-time local air quality sensor data and associated sensor confidence ratings, a new and innovative approach to sensor data accuracy.

SUMMARY

Led a highly collaborative approach to product planning, designing, building and launching a data-centric iPhone application displaying data from global connected air quality sensors.

Designed a simple “at-a-glance” user experience for understanding readings from air quality sensors and the associated heuristics and presentation of…


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No matter how talented the team or exciting the idea, products can fail when teams don’t have a common understanding as to what they are building.

As an experienced digital product designer, I’ve worked with dozens of clients spanning large corporations, startups and government organizations. As an employee at a venture-backed startup, I have been a product design lead and built and managed design teams from the ground up. I’ve seen a lot of product teams over the years, and participated in many product development organizations focused on building and shipping products.

But no matter how talented the team or exciting the idea, products can fail when teams don’t have a common understanding as to what they are building. …

Karen Donoghue

Interaction Architect and Advisor, HumanLogic

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