Mobile usability test set up

Infographic: mobile usability test set-up

We want to simplify the setup for mobile phone usability testing to make it more natural for the user, to minimize technical glitches, and to stay within a budget. We don’t need a dedicated lab, just a quiet conference room.

Lunch Money Buddy App

Working designs and an html prototype for a mobile app.

UI element for launch angle challenge

Batting practice with an iPad

The goal of the app was to teach math using the science behind baseball. The design had to balance gamification—to keep the middle schoolers' interest, while teaching complex math calculations.

usability test: choosing half and half topping on a pizza

Ordering a pizza online: the movie

The drama becomes high when Participant no. 2 is given the task of ordering a combo pizza--one with two toppings, half and half.

University Health Services Site - content inventory spreadsheet

Content inventory and assesment

We cataloged 88 individual pages and evaluated each page for Redundant, Outdated, or Trivial (ROT) content.

Color mockup for homepage - realtor website

Landing page process

Most realty site designs fall below their potential in our opinion. This is partly do to the owners not understanding their target customer, leading to an emphasis on selling or impressing a visitor before you’ve made a connection with them.

Visual design - home page

Home pages

The Sonoran Desert: A literary Field Guide cover

Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide

Nature guides have become a commodity based on a common formula. This one seeks to change that, featuring a poem by a different writer for each species.

on the go - merchant payments sample page web design

Merchant payments processing web site

After researching the industry, I wanted to cut through all the technical jargon that was so common on merchant payments sites.

screen flow diagram for mobile app

Screen flows for Tumamoc Tour app

This is a combination flow diagram and enhanced wireframes. This is what we gave the developers to do the programing.

Wire frame for public library site home page

Upper Sandusky Public Library

This study used an information architecture analysis, user interviews, and remote usability studies to create a new organization for the libraries holdings based on what visitors most wanted to find online.

The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives. illustration by Paul Mirocha

Flower anatomy

Pencil illustration by Paul Mirocha of a stargazer lily showing typical flower anatomy.

Content strategy diagram - the crystal goblet, after beatrice warde

Content strategy diagram

I believe the wine-taster's goblet as a metaphor for clarity in design is even more relevant today as it was for typographer Beatrice Warde in 1930.

Information graphic - Non-point-source water pollution

Water in the environment

Infographics explaining complex issues within the water cycle to a non-scientific visitor.

site map

That’s one of the problems throughout the site: it takes a bit of work to find out what each thingamajig, gizmo, widget, or doohickey does.