The Brava Oven Light-powered Smart Oven

Project Description

The Brava Oven is a countertop oven that uses light to cook food.

  • Company: Brava, Inc.
  • Timeframe: 3/15/2017 - Present
  • My Role: Design UI/UX for the website, app, and the oven display.
  • Platforms: Brava, Web, iOS, Android
  • Tools Used: Animate, After Effects, Sketch, Photoshop, InVision, Zeplin, InDesign

Summary


Brava Oven Photo
Brava Oven Photo

The Brava is a countertop smart oven driven by six powerful light bulbs. It cooks food like nothing else does. The lights operate by turnning on and off rapidly to cook food in a fraction of the time compared to traditional means. These sequences, called procedures, operate almost like a player piano. Each particular dish is associated with one or more of these 'songs' that can be used to cook the foods to the users' desired specifications. Because of this, the software is quite sophisticated.

Design & Discovery


Wireframes and Documentation

Early in the project the device had a simple interface with a limited range of options and functions. Over time, hardware engineers and software developers implemented many new features. Part of my main responsibilities on this project involved evaluating the state of the product and bringing the software up to speed with the hardware. For example, over time it became necessary to add additional steps during the cook preparation flow. These tasks weren't necessarily required, but could prove useful for newer users. I wanted to make the experience truthful and informative while still allowing power users to skip any steps they were already familiar with. It was a tremendous challenge and also very rewarding.

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Brava wireframe example
 Brava wireframe example
Brava oven screen mockups
 Brava oven screen mockups (13MB)

Mockups

On the visual side of things, my goals were to make the experience friendly and personal. High contrast, limited use of color, and round corners defined my revised version of the interface. These designs also closely matched the branding on our website and mobile app.

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Functional Prototypes

Throughout the development of the Brava oven software I designed and developed numerous functional prototypes. These served as vertical slices of specific features and experiences. These processes allowed for quick iteration and feedback.

Related Artifacts:

Brava oven screen mockups
 Brava oven screen mockups