Competitive Analysis – The team was able to demo an array of similar printers from other companies as well as the legacy printer UI to be replaced. By interacting with the various examples, we were able to identify the successes and failures of each.
Inspiration – We also looked at other industrial interfaces to get a feel for best practices, standard colors, and any other random design inspiration to be used.
Design Patterns – For certain interactions, we looked at how other products executed the same functions. For example, we looked at icon driven navigation, alphanumeric entry, error messaging and resolution, setup wizard, menu styles, and more.