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In recent years, there has been much discussion surrounding the world’s energy crisis. While no simple solution exists, individuals and companies are often looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by more efficiently using their current resources.
An area that might go overlooked by some is the amount of energy used to power the hardware needed to run computers and servers. The client for this project, VMWare, wanted to give its users an interface that could display energy usage information to its customers based on the location of their hardware. This Carbon Avoidance Meter would allow users to quantify their carbon footprint, and give them an opportunity to find ways to reduce their energy consumption.
Since many users have hardware situated in multiple locations, the goal was to create an interface that would allow users to enter up to four locations to track their energy consumption, with the ability to add and delete locations seamlessly.
This Carbon Avoidance Meter would allow users to quantify their carbon footprint, and give them an opportunity to find ways to reduce their energy consumption.
The Carbon Avoidance Meter interface design had to incorporate VMware’s design language, Clarity Design.
Users would need a simple way to add/edit/delete new locations within the interface, and quickly identify the data’s relation to hardware locations.
The data output about energy consumption needed to be user-friendly, easily-interpreted, and helpful to the user.
The information surfaced needed to be easy to filter and exportable.
The interface itself needed to be clean, attractive, and simple, to reduce cognitive load on the user and focus on an efficient and readable display of data.