Knowde product Design Challenges

For select product design candidates, we offer you the chance to take a design challenge. We’ll give you a $100 Amazon gift card as a thank you which you will receive whether we offer you a contract or not. Only candidates who are invited to take this challenge will receive the gift card.

Below, you can select from one of the challenges. Keep in mind that this allows us to see how you work, how you think and how quickly you can design. Please don’t exceed the constraints listed for each.

Note: these are not in any intentional order


 

Design Challenge

Collaborative recipe app

Overview

Chefs and people who love to cook need to invent new recipes to fill all those online and printed recipe books we all know and love and buy. What if there was a recipe-design app that helped people collaboratively design new recipes?

Challenge

Create a collaborative recipe design application that lets many people co-develop a recipe. Features may include: starter recipes, food search, collaborative canvas, recipe versioning, calorie counting and more.

Constraints

  • Spend no more than 4 hours on this end-to-end
  • Must run in a modern browser with no plugins required
  • Target desktop users

 

Design Challenge

Two thousand facets

Overview

Faceted search revolutionized how people navigate complex product catalogs. Surfacing the array of properties shared by many similar products and grouped into categories and sub-categories allowed users to navigate through large data sets quickly. This was done by letting them eliminate or add facets that were (or were not) relevant to them. This had the effect of telescoping the data set so users could see the salient items they may be looking for.

Challenge

Design a facet system that can handle a single category with 20,000 items. Assume the items cannot be grouped into sub-categories.  Keep in mind the need to balance data discovery (searching for what you know is there) with data education (teaching you about the options that may be available to you but that you didn’t know about). In other words, if the solution allows the user to search for a facet item, that only works if the user knows the facet item is there to search for.

Constraints

  • Spend no more than 4 hours on this end-to-end
  • Must run in a modern browser with no plugins required
  • Target desktop users

 

Design Challenge

Find clarity

Overview

Eyeglasses come in many shapes and sizes, looks and colors, lens types, frame materials and finishes. 

Challenge

Design a product that lets a user find the glasses they want in the fewest number of clicks/taps but while still considering the largest corpus of eyeglass data available. For a sample data set, you can use https://www.glassesusa.com/. Consider all the decisions a user needs to make: size, style, shape, color, clear/sun, purpose (reading, driving, etc), brand.

Constraints

  • Spend no more than 4 hours on this end-to-end
  • Must run in a modern browser with no plugins required
  • Target desktop users

 

Design Challenge

Six Degrees of Gmail

Overview

You’re working with Google on a new Gmail feature that helps users visualize the connections between the people who email them. This feature displays a diagram of all the people the user has received email from and has sent email to so they can visualize the degrees of separation between them and make discoveries. 

Challenge

Keying off the email addresses in a user’s inbox (receive and send), find a method and a visualization that shows the relationships between these people so you can discover connections that may have been hidden. Consider other public and paid data sources that may help to enrich this data (LinkedIn, FB, others). Add the ability for notes, to fix mistakes, zoom in and out, re-organize and append with people they may know but don’t have email for in their inbox and anything else that makes sense. Consider what actions the user can take to make the insights gathered by these connections valuable.

Constraints

  • Spend no more than 4 hours on this end-to-end
  • Must run in a modern browser with no plugins required
  • Target desktop users

 

Design Challenge

Improve Knowde

Overview

Knowde is the marketplace for chemistry, ingredients and polymers. Here, you can search, find, sample, quote and buy from every chemical producer on earth.

Challenge

Navigate the Knowde system, find a complex interaction you don’t like and re-design it. You might want to start with search.

Constraints

  • Spend no more than 4 hours on this end-to-end
  • Must run in a modern browser with no plugins required
  • Target desktop users