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Building a Device Lab

Lara Hogan (Kickstarter), Destiny Montague (Etsy)
Mobile
Nassau
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
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THIS TUTORIAL HAS REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS LISTED BELOW

Creating a device testing lab of any size can be a challenge. Whether you have three devices or 30, you still have to deal with:

  • Choosing which devices to use: whether they are used or new, and which give the most bang for your buck.
  • Organization: such as cabling, stands, labels, access to power, and ease of use.
  • Power: finding the right USB hub and power supply solutions, discovering which devices are faulting or overdrawing power, and monitoring energy consumption.
  • Setup: base imaging each device and having a standard, consistent config across the board for devices.
  • User experience of the lab: ensuring your users plug things back in correctly, return them in a timely manner, have access to development environments and a default email app, and are able to check devices in/out so you know where the devices are.

At Etsy, we’ve built a device lab with 30+ devices and iterated upon the lab as we learned more about how developers and designers use it. We approached building it like a product for internal users, and are eager to help others build out their labs so we can learn from each other.

TUTORIAL REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDEES

Have ready data about which devices visit your site the most (iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S4, etc.)

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Lara Hogan

Kickstarter

Lara Swanson is an Engineering Manager at Etsy. She champions page load time, experiment-driven design, and delivering a consistent experience to screens of all sizes. Lara is currently writing a book called Designing for Performance which aims to empower designers to understand their impact on page load time.

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Destiny Montague

Etsy

Destiny Montague is an Engineer in the IT Department at Etsy. When not solving problems at Etsy, she plays several musical projects including Feathers and her own solo project, Carl Sagan.

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Gal Tunik
09/30/2014 12:42am EDT

Hey guys, great presentation and content,
my favorite session in Velocity NY.
Will the slide deck be available?

Gal.

Sean Chang
09/17/2014 8:10am EDT

nice works! could you provide your slides?