Product Ideation: Task Analysis for Painting a Room

So what exactly is Task Analysis Mapping?

Task Analysis Mapping is a process completed by researchers and designers to gain insight into how an individual approaches and completes a task, without guidance. Everyone has a different approach when it comes to solving problems therefore this is a great way to discover different scenarios.

Below I’ll map out the steps it takes to paint a room in a storyboard format.


The Mapping of Painting a Room

Sick of your ugly drab walls? Maybe it’s the awful 1960’s floral print wallpaper that’s peeling, or maybe it’s the baby puke green that the previous tenants decided to plaster on the walls. As simple as this task may sound, there are a lot of considerations and steps involved from start to end, so let’s start by performing a task analysis mapping exercise to make sure we cover all the steps.

Task analysis mapping for painting a room

1. Problem

You’ve recently moved into a one bedroom apartment. You love everything about it except for the horrid green paint in the living room. It needs to go.

This is Bob. Ugly walls make him sad =(

2. Consult

Since you rent you can’t just go ahead and paint willy nilly, you have to consult with your landlord to obtain his/her permission to do so.

Bob calls his landlord to get permission because Bob is a good tenant

3. Calculate

After getting permission from the landlord you have to figure out how much paint you will be needing. So grab your rulers and do some math to figure out a rough estimate of the square footage that needs to be painted and how many paint buckets that equals.

Bob whips out his hand calculator to crunch some numbers

4. Research

After crunching the numbers and figuring out how many paint buckets are needed, it’s time to do some research on the paint itself. Do you want one that has a glossy finish? Semi-Gloss? Matte? Eggshell? Do you want one that has the primer mixed in? What’s the best painting technique?

From his research, Bob decides on getting an matte finish

5. Decide

Now that you have done your research and is now a certified paint expert, it’s time for the hard part. Go to a home improvement store to grab some swatches to bring home and find the color that will be your living room wall’s soulmate.

Bob instantly falls in love with the “Very Blue” color

6. Purchase

Make the trip back to the home improvement store and head to the paint department. Demand the employee to give you how ever many buckets of their finest paint. While the employee is getting the paint, pick up any other tools that you may need; paint brushes, paint rollers, tarps, painter’s tape, and etc.

Bob heads to Home Depot, because Home Depot’s are everywhere

7. Prepare

Almost at the painting! It’s time to prepare your room to for the glorious makeover. Move out all furniture, lay down a tarp, and use painter’s tape to cover up anything that you don’t want to be painted.

Holy crap Bob is strong

8. Paint

Finally you’ve arrived at this much awaited step. Paint the walls, wait for it to dry, then reapply as needed.

9. Tidy & Move

The living room is now the beautiful color that it alway’s should had been and you couldn’t be happier. Time to tidy up and move all of the furniture back so you can enjoy the room.

Bob, basking in the glory of his “Very Blue” walls

10. Party!

Success! Your living room is now a beautiful work of art! Time to show it of by inviting all of your friends over for a party so you can show them before and after pics and they can tell you how much they love it.

Congratulations! You’ve repainted your living room walls and it was great success, now you’re ready to repaint anything else!

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