Archive for the 'Design' Category

Making Tasty UIs

Want lip-licking UIs? It’s all in the ingredients. Here is FluidUI’s 3 layer recipe for mouth watering UIs with rich design & usability: Discovery Layer: 2 cups of Product and Competitor Research & Review 1 cup of User Research Fold the doe into Personas & User Scenarios Cut into a Site Map & Flow Design […]

Accelerating A Techstars Startup

I was along for the roller coaster ride of Tenacity. A Sprint Accelerator startup, Tenacity  was put through the rigorous Techstars curriculum and came out with national clientele. In the 3 month program Tenacity not only started a mobile health app company, they also refined their UI by making it more user-centric. Not many of […]

Wichita U: Design Trumps Usability

A recent study found that a usable site gives you an upper hand, though a well designed site takes the jackpot. The researchers at Wichita State University’s Software Usability Research Lab (SURL) confirmed earlier findings that first impressions can determine whether someone likes a site—even in the first one-twentieth of a second. Their study went […]

Pet Your Web Design In 7 Strokes

Designing for Persuasion, Emotion, and Trust (PET) is going beyond the usability’s Can Do factor to designing incentives for Will Do and Still Do. These three Do factors of PET can be defined as: Can Do (can users easily navigate and find info) Will Do (will users act on the info and press buttons) Still […]

Sprint’s Site Goes Green

Last Spring I was given a delightful little puzzle by a Sprint User Experience (UX) Manager. He challenged me to apply the PET Principal (Persuasion, Emotion and Trust) to the footer of Sprint.com. A new look to the footer that would speak to prospects and customers, as well as add color to a sleek looking gray […]

Being Different or Being Better

I met with an ecommerce company who wanted a UI that was different from their competition. So strongly they felt, that they did not assess their competitors’ design, architecture or task flows. Thus, they had a clumsy UI and complicated tasks compared to their competitor. Customers do appreciate uniqueness, though they appreciate a company who […]

Sprint, Sprial16 & National Seminars Go Searching

We have had a wonderfully engaging summer. Working for Sprint, Spiral16 and National Seminars we improved, expanded and created search and sort functions. The experience, paired with the invigorating Indian Summer weather, has our creativity humming. First-up, Sprint who wanted to encourage self-service and reduce customer support on their ‘email us’ page. The page had […]

Fixing Failing Apps and Sites

Let’s look at why your apps and sites may fail and how we can fix them. We’ll start with the informative article ‘Why Software Fails’ by IEEE, a technology association. Then we’ll look at the intriguing video based on the article, ‘The ROI of User Experience’. This ‘quick sketch’ video, by Human Factors International, shows […]

IT & Powder Puffs

Do you want to think outside of your company’s box? How about revolutionizing how customers perceive your products and services? Then hire consultants who think differently. If you are a technical company who wants to tailor your products to your users, hire non-technical consultants who see your products as your users do. Hire someone with […]

A Better UI and Idea in I5 Minutes

Your most effective meeting on user interface design is the one where you show your boss or client what you can do. Rather than telling them, or stating what you have done for others, demonstrate what you can do for them. We have helped prospective clients improve their design and usability at the first meeting, […]

Usability Comes In Packages

We package our usability assessments with all the bells and whistles. Want a task analysis? It’s in there. How about a visual of what it could look like? It’s in there. How about … well here is what you get: Fluid’s Flow Pack: Tasks Analysis: A review of your top 10 tasks and their flow […]

Shop Your Competitors

Tis the season to be assured you are differing yourself from your competition. How so? Well, gather around and I’ll show you … with this new high level multi-tasks score sheet. The sheet looks at website content, functions, etc, – all good little elements that you dream about. Rate yourself, rate your competition; and then […]

Intuitive Interfaces for All!

Is this a believable statement? Can a company help deliver intuitive user interfaces for all? That means for web, software, cells, anything with a screen. Why yes we can, if we believe and join forces. It’s like when Jony Ive of Apple designed these shells for the iMac that were colorful, curved and translucent. They […]

KC Software Corp. Got Satisfaction, and then some

A Kansas City software corporation chose FluidUI to help introduce desktop software into web and mobile, for a new healthcare segment. Our understanding of usability, the industry and the application were spot on. We reduced page architecture by 15% and skipped the refining phases for design and UI code, because we got them right the […]

Usable Facts

Here are some simple, though often overlooked practices that users prefer for websites and software: Heading sizes: 16-24 points (1-1.5 em) most common Body font sizes: 12 points (.75 em) most common Best color for links: blue Search boxes: ideal size is 18-24 characters Graphs & charts: should be used as well as data values […]