IBM Project Vulcan

IBM, 2009 - 2010

IBM Project Vulcan is a roadmap for how IBM's disconnected collaboration apps can be integrated together into a seamless user experience.

  • User interviews
  • Product requirements
  • Interaction wireframes
  • Usability testing
  • Interactive prototypes
  • Design specifications

I designed and implemented a series of interactive prototypes demonstrating a unified experience for IBM's collaboration software. I published an internal series of design principles and patterns for better integrating IBM's tools. These prototypes and specifications serve as the roadmap for how IBM is building its next generation of collaboration software.

Project Vulcan was first introduced at IBM's annual Lotusphere conference in 2010. In the following year the work was formalized into the IBM Social Business Toolkit.

Project Vulcan
The Project Vulcan homepage integrates email and social updates onto a single page.
Project Vulcan
Embedded experiences let you interact with social objects without leaving the page.
Project Vulcan
Communities show an integrated activity stream of all the participants' updates.
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An early prototype exploring social capabilities in a webmail client.
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An early wireframe for the social webmail client.
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A page from my Project Vulcan sketchbook.