Our client needed help designing a specialized tool that would unite dozens of previously unassociated data sets into a single user-friendly interface.
Intuitive Usability: Launching a Startup with a Prototype
Our client needed us to simplify a complex process to integrate open sustainability data with third-party structural design applications, making it easy for users to assess – and share – the environmental impacts of their designs.
User insights drive features and accessibility options
Beginning with observation and interviews, we assessed users’ goals throughout design and construction processes. We used these needs to define product requirements and ensure the new tool would fit seamlessly into existing workflows, increasing the chance of adoption.
As we began to bring this new tool to life, we created low-fidelity design concepts that presented substantially different approaches to organizing key workflows. Testing these early-stage concepts with users unlocked insights, preferences, and expectations beyond what we identified in the initial interviews. It also allowed our designers to determine which features needed to be available for mobile use as well as desktop.
Responsive And Adaptive Design
The final step prior to development was to incorporate the results of the concept testing into a fully-functioning prototype, including data integration and visualizations. We then tested the prototype with users to validate the final design. This final round of research validated the responsive and adaptive features the team designed for mobile devices and ensured the data visualizations were clear and intuitive.\
“We were slowed down because we didn’t have a clear process for our app development. The unbiased critical-thinking, understanding, and structure that Useagility brought to our project was an important part of our success. They helped us focus so we could design and develop a better product and hit our deadlines more consistently.”
- Client, Founder and CEO
User Research + Design Thinking = Intuitive Usability
Partnering with Useagility from the earliest stages to ensure that the clients product idea was viable and that feature set and usability exceeded user expectations. In order to simplify the complex data-sharing process, we engaged users and iterated on designs to incorporate user feedback, resulting in a product that was responsive and user-friendly.