In a previous blog post, I laid the groundwork for a browser extension that supports distraction-free browsing. It tackles an important problem faced by knowledge workers: How to avoid getting distracted by websites that are essential to one’s work?

Pinhole is a conceptual Chrome Extension that helps knowledge workers stay on track when browsing the web. It is grounded in informing the user of their progress, and does not punish the user for getting distracted.

As a continuation of the idea, I have now built a Figma prototype for the Chrome Extension. The below video describes how the envisioned Chrome Extension would work.

This simple Chrome Extension is called Pinhole, and it allows users to focus just like a simple pinhole camera focusses light rays. …

The ability to fight distractions and work with a laser-like focus is an important skill, one that is strikingly important now as many of us work from home, where distractions have superpowers.

Distractions have always been a barrier to producing high-quality work. Many of us are distancing ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, which means we have more distractions to tackle than before.

In this UX case study, I attempt to tackle this issue. I investigate how knowledge workers, such as book writers and data journalists, are affected by and cope with distractions. Based on my findings, I brainstorm potential solutions and prototype a solution that fits users’ needs well. I use a variety of UX skills and techniques, such as job stories, flow diagrams, and wireframe prototypes to achieve this.

Why am I doing this?

I am…

Krishna Subramanian

UX, data science, programming, music, books, and anything to tinker

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