RESEARCH + MARKET
With a multitude of different guitar pedals of varying effects and controls on the market, entering the world of effects pedals can be an overwhelming experience for beginner electric guitar players. Many of these pedals are expensive and often only produce one specific effect, resulting in a significant investment for guitarists purchasing a collection of different pedals.
Sketching was used in conjunction with low fidelity mockups to work through the form of the pedal. Realizing the pedal’s simplistic operation, forms were ideated to reflect this basic function.
AN EASY TO DIGEST MULTI EFFECTS PEDAL
The goal of PUSH is to enable guitarists to explore effects through linking hardware with smartphone technology. As a result, the effects are no longer defined by the hardware, allowing hundreds of effects to be in the hands of guitarists.
MODULAR + BLUETOOTH PAIRING
The pedals can be stacked, making use of diffused LEDs to differentiate each effect by colours that relate to the digital interface. Each pedal is paired via Bluetooth, with unique serial codes printed underneath as a distinguishing feature.
To communicate the status of the pedal (engaged or disengaged) while maintaining an indication of the associated effect, a single LED is illuminated while in the off position.
UI WIREFRAME + USER TESTING
To develop the user interface, wireframes were used in conjunction with prototyping applications to conduct user testing. Testing on both guitarists and non-guitarists highlighted pain points such as redundant screens and awkward screen flow.
Your board acts to keep your pedals organized. Here you can see associated information with each pedal, such as the serial code, its connection status and the option to change the illumination colour.
This screen allows the user to view and change the associated effects for each pedal. The pedal hardware is mimicked with the top icons whereas a more traditional representation of guitar pedals is used for the effect controls.
This interactive prototype was developed to communicate the intent of the application.