Winter 2017


Develop a showcase for the Weather Underground App for South By Southwest (SXSW) in one week.



Temp° began at IBM as a simple idea to combine music and weather in order to get people excited about an app called Weather Underground. Temp° uses the Weather Underground API to create music out of data from a 10-day live forecast of specific areas around the world by assigning a music beat to 5 different elements within the data.

My contribution

Temp° was designed and delivered in one week by the IBM Maelstrom internship cohort which consisted of 11 interns ranging in Design Research, UX, UI, and Front-end Development. I focused on UX and assisted in UI. I also worked closely with IBM project stakeholders to ensure the project stayed within the visual guidelines of IBM’s SXSW Exhibit.


  • Good Ol' Paper n Pen
  • Photoshop
  • Garage Band
Age 25 | Dev Ops Engineer
Frustrated when I dont understand.
Wont stand in long lines, wants to learn as much as possible.
I wonder how helpful this will be for my work.
“Show me what you got.”

Empathy Mapping

Our team began the process with creating Stuart to frame our end product. We created a persona map to document what Stuart is thinking, feeling, saying, and doing.
Stuart is a tech junkie with a development background. He's attending SXSW to ensure he's up to par with current technology. He talks fast and likes to learn a ton. He plans to see as much as possible at SXSW so he won't spend a lot of time at one exhibit.
I'm happy to report that I met quite a few Stuart-esque SXSW participants while presenting Temp°.
Design Thinking

Making music

We synced five parameters in current weather data (dew point, temperature, location, humidity, and wind speed) with customized musical beats for five geographical locations. As the weather parameters evolve over the day, the volume levels of their respective audio tracks will rise and fall, changing the music over time.
In order to showcase Weather Underground’s personal weather stations very location specific data, we show three areas around the SXSW location in Austin. We added Antarctica to show some of the harshest cold conditions and Tokyo because it was relatable to a high volume of SXSW visitors.


Imagine waking up to custom music allowing you to discover what the weather will be like that day. On your drive home from work, listen to the melodies of weather. By adding elements like elevation and speed into the mix, you can discover what music sounds like at 30,000 feet up in the sky on your flight.
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