2019 – Present
Stuart Flanagan Lead Engineer Ailia Rizvi Engineer Marc Howard Engineer Ash Srinivasan Quality Assurance Alamelu Annamalai Quality Assurance Phil Banks User Research & Strategy Josh Akmens Product Manager
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A digital future for ABC TV
In 2019, the tipping point between traditional broadcast TV and video on demand was approaching. ABC iview required a new modern platform to showcase its content across the SmartTV market in Australia.
This project kicked off in July 2019. A first release was shipped 12 months later, in 2020. Since 2019, I have been responsible for the design direction across the Smart TV App. We are currently in a consistent iterative design and development cycle.
This work is also currently being used to inform an Android TV App rebuild.
Vision and strategy
Concept design and prototype creation
Design and development of first release
Iterative design and development releases
Observing how people spend time watching TV, still is a fundamental part of this project for me. I learned that design is as much about observing life as it is about developing concepts and work.
Comparatively to modern tech, smart TVs severely lack processing power. The design challenge this creates is interesting: how do we create a premium experience with half the power? So far, the best answer I've found is to approach the work like an acoustic rendition of a song.