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:
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
Pound out the Design & [...]
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 [...]
In scanning the Forbes Magazine, Washington Post and Rolling Stone I saw these commonalities and stand-outs:
Mobile Device Battles: In 2013, mobile devices will surpass PCs as the most common Web access tools. By 2015, over 80% of handsets in mature markets will be smart phones. 20% of those will be Windows phones. By 2015, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The look of emfluence is even more friendlier and sophisticated. How did emfluence’s 8-year-old application called the Marketing Platform get this updated look? It all began with a usability study called the Flow Pack. Similar to a heuristic evaluation, FluidUI’s Flow Pack scored and commented on 60+ app traits. We covered everything from aesthetical appeal [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 when data is important to [...]
Book this interactive presentation that will have you and your colleagues asking questions and getting answers, right from the start. We cover the basics of usability, then as a group, critique websites of some well-known and local brands. What are Sprint, Apple, Microsoft and Wentings Shop doing right? What could they do better? How [...]
‘U and I will design for Them’ is a former tag line of mine and also a worthwhile practice. ‘U’ the client and ‘I’ the designer, is key to designing for ‘Them’, the user. In asking the right questions you can discover the users’ needs and achieve greater ROI.
Have you considered expanding on achievements already [...]
Take a quick break and be inspired by these standout websites. Their secret is offering a unique user experience that enhances the selling of their products or services. You may not be in the market for what they have to offer, but after visiting their sites, that could change.
1. Dripping in Fat makes you SAVOR [...]
An A-list of contributors has provided insight to the new edition of Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines. The United States Government rounded-up contributors from such institutions as IBM, Carnegie Mellon University, and Human Factors International. This guide defines the essentials – rating their relativity and providing rich examples by way of screen shots.
These essentials [...]