One would assume that having unlimited options and budget would generate the best results, but it can have the opposite effect.
One persistent misconception is that Usability and User Experience (UX) are one-in-the-same. There are many ways to differentiate the two, but one of our favorite metaphors says, “…a usable road is one that is wide and straight, and enables drivers to get from point A to point B as fast as possible, albeit in a very boring manner. However, a road with a high level of user-experience is completely different.
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings is one of the most unique blogs on the internet. She spends time reading old literature to connect it in new ways. Here’s one of the diagrams from “100 diagrams that changed the world” post. The chart was made in 1766 by Moses Harris’s and was the first full-color circle. For more posts like this visit Brain Pickings.
Remember that wall we knocked down in the office to double our office space? Well, the space is working out great and we’re finally getting to decorating. Here’s Patrick and Mara putting art up on the entrance to the war room.
Even though our old site of 10 years had aged well, we were excited to start fresh. Since 2005 there have been many web advancements, and we wanted to to use the new features from HTML5 and other technologies. We also wanted to take the time to get it right.
We focused on mobile, of course, and paid special attention to our visuals and interactivity. Designing and developing your own website can be one of the hardest projects, but we are so proud to share our efforts and our goals along the way. (more…)
After we’d poured our coffees and gathered for the morning meeting, a box of warm cookies was delivered, from one team member to another, with the following note, “Sorry for the pile of work I dropped on you. You have to share the cookies though.”
After a few minutes of enjoying our surprise treats, and commenting on how awesome our team is, our the conversation shifted to what exactly makes some cookies better than others. Well, Tessa Arias had already done the work for us in a logical and methodical process that we can all appreciate.
Fad: an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze.
In the business and technology worlds, many fads that explode in usage, fade away as technology and/or habits change. Such is the story of QR codes. They hit their full stride as an easy way to share web-based content anywhere without requiring users to type long or complex URLs into mobile phones.
Disney, Apple, Microsoft, and more sites from then and now.
How far has interactive design come over the years?
When the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2013 wine grape harvest report, the Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) asked Ply to present the data in a way the media could quickly understand. Additionally, the information was to be featured on their new app, The Recommendeuer, so it had to match a unique visual style.
Asking your client for feedback on a completed project can evoke a wide range of responses. We hoped for a positive assessment – we got a giant bear hug. The Director for the Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC), Steve Warner, was reacting to the performance of the brand new online wine grape reporting tool that we released in time for the largest-ever 2013 harvest. Until now, anyone who grew, sold, or crushed grapes in the state of Washington had to sit down every year and fill out and mail an extensive paper form to the WSWC.
When we were given a chance to redesign El Camion’s website, we were thrilled for a few reasons. One, we relate to their dedication to quality. Two, their clean design aesthetic prevails in their three trucks and one brick-and-mortar location (El Camion Aldentro – the truck inside). Three, the owner gave us free range to photograph, design and develop both the mobile and desktop site in any way we felt best represented his mission. And lastly, who doesn’t love mouth-watering tacos?
With the other 700,000 fans, the team took the afternoon off to celebrate the Seahawks dominating Superbowl win. Seeing Marshawn Lynch throwing Skittles at fans while standing on the hood of a truck was work the wait and our frozen feet. Go Hawks!
Wine lovers can be insatiable in their search for every last detail of their favorite wineries and varietals. Professionals who work in the winery trade and media can be even more exacting in their search for information, seeking out every nuance in soil temperatures, rainfall and a slew of other factors that make Washington wines unique. To satisfy this need, the Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) wanted a one-stop resource where all of this data could be easily accessed. We were happy to help design and build a visual display of this information by creating an interactive map of our state’s viticulture areas.