Viento Methods


Viento method cards are designed to help product teams brainstorm and consider ways to make apps smarter in their use of data, battery and storage. The goal is to create lighter, less consuming apps and better experiences for individuals with limited data and low-end devices. 

Spanish version available at: MÉTODOS DE VIENTO


How to use the cards


Left side (photo) - brainstorm your heart out!

1. Create a mind map

Look at the word and photo. What do these make you think of? Create a map of words based on your response. For example, if the word is 'rest’ — it makes me think of taking a break, sleeping at night and not thinking.

2. Use the mind map to brainstorm ideas

Consider how each word in your map relates to your product. If it’s a messenger app, here's an example of what you may come up with:

  • 'sleeping at night' — perhaps the app shouldn’t do anything while I sleep. Or, maybe it should sync everything while I sleep.

  • 'not thinking' — what can my app do to reduce the amount of things my user has to think about?

This process can inspire new smart qualities for your app.


Right side (text) - Consider a new Approach

The back side of the card has a statement of something to consider related to storage, battery and data use. Under the statement, is an example of a feature or quality inspired by the card. Use these to generate more ideas or to adopt within your app.

These cards were created in partnership with Guardian Project.




Photo attributions

Rank card—“Stacked” by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Rest card— Untitled Photo by Didier Baertschigerb is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Be Useful card— “Swiss Army Knife on Black” by Edgar Pierce is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Limit card—Untitled Photo by Patrick Tomasso is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Fade card— Untitled Photo by Ryan McQueen is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Sneak Peek card— “Sunflowers” by Marco Magrini is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Fit card—“Seamstress” by Adam Cohn is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Swap card—“Narrow-minded” by Jessica Wissel is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Wifi Only card—“Friends Drinking Coffee” by Matthew Henry is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Lift card—“We Have Lift Off” by Michael J. Slezak is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Surprise card—“Double Rainbow!” by Colin Flanders is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Lite card—“Feather” by Vicki is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Personal card—“Tissot Prc200” by Tomo Nosi is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

ResourcesCarrie Winfrey