2013 Tech Trends & Plans

2013 TRENDS 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 […]

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 […]

The look of the emfluence Marketing Platform

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 […]

Getting to Know the emfluence Marketing Platform

by Jessica Best, emfluence marketing manager, emfluence.com The emfluence Marketing Platform is a web-based application that helps clients create, schedule, deploy and track their digital marketing campaigns. Born in Kansas City in 2003, emfluence is a full-service digital marketing agency, built around the success and growth of the emfluence Emailer, now called the emfluence Marketing […]

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 […]

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 […]

U and I will design for Them

‘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. Achievements: Have you considered expanding on […]

Apple vs. Sprint: In look-and-feel

Let’s decipher and compare the user experiences of Apple and Sprint. They have distinct marketing approaches, industries and websites with some crossover. Both are consumer technology companies offering products and services, but when you break it down further it is like comparing apples to oranges. Sprint is a telecommunications company while Apple, until a few […]

Top 3 Sites in Looks, Use, and ID

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 […]

FluidUI Launches to Design the User Experience

Award-winning web designer and entrepreneur, Susana B Bruhn launches FluidUI, a user experience design company. FluidUI designs and tests the user interfaces of e-commerce and financial websites so they attract users, minimize processes and decrease the cost of doing business. As well, the company creates user-friendly interfaces for software and mobile phone applications. Based in […]