Building the foundation
After organizing and placing a weight to all potential features we began to have an idea of what would be the most useful set of functions to include without overcomplicating the App. The functions were then organized in to three function groups, or, "cycles" with a global control bar on top that mimicked a washing machine control.
During the wireframing process we had to strike a balance of allowing novice users to easily clean and organize their computer, while giving more advanced users the customization control they desired. This took several rounds of user testing and design refinement to strike the perfect balance of usability for a varied target audience.
Bringing it to life
From the beginning we knew motion would be a large part of Washing Machine. With a large amount of options shown for cleaning your Mac, motion helps illustrate more abstract concepts to the more novice users. Also, because of the washing machine metaphor, it allowed us to be more playful with our motion design than in traditional apps.
Tying it together
Organizing and cleaning a Mac can be a daunting task for someone who doesn't understand how file structure works. We designed blueprint-style help overlays to educate users who may be less familiar with some computer concepts. This provides a quick visual cue that can be brought up from any "cycle".