18 Apr 2017
18 Apr 2017
24 Jan 2017
In our initial calls with potential design partners, one of the first phrases we often hear is: I think we just need a fresh set of eyes on this project. Here's a few reasons outside perspectives are beneficial for refreshing a tired design.
18 Oct 2016
The best clients are the ones that trust our expertise and seek our input on ideas, but aren’t afraid to poke holes when needed. They collaborate on ideas without pushing their needs over those of their users. They also make time when needed. But I’d argue luck has nothing to do with having a great client. Rather, it’s how you enable them to be great. And as a designer, that’s an important part of my role in a project.
25 Aug 2016
1 Jun 2016
Our work with the Portland-based Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) recently launched and the first applications to enter its new system are making their way to MMT this month! In this post, we wanted to share our process for building the grant management database, the lessons we learned, and the result of almost three years of working together with MMT.
27 Apr 2016
31 Mar 2016
Steve Suo and Grant Butler from the Oregonian/OregonLive share their experience of working with our team and the results of our redesigned Recipe Box; from a more inspiring and searchable application, to an increase in traffic, to simultaneously freeing up their staff time to focus on the content they serve to customers.
2 Mar 2016
Although there are regulations and complicated processes to contend with, is designing useful health care apps so different from designing other types of applications? Other industries, services, and companies are increasingly embracing technology and improving user experiences every day. And yet the management of our health and wellbeing seems to be quite far behind.
Is it such a unique field that we can’t apply any of our design expertise? I don’t believe so, and here’s why...
1 Mar 2016
Redesigning for digital health care will be a hurdle that we need to overcome. Here are just a few main points to show what’s at stake if we ignore or wait for someone else to figure it out.
30 Oct 2013
28 Aug 2013
There is a tendency to reduce the MVP to something so small it cannot it cannot be evaluated by the market you seek. Or worse, it’s misvalued.
17 Jul 2013
11 Jul 2013
Recently, the web community has been sharing a link that argues that carousels don’t work.
11 Jun 2013
Perfect doesn’t mean flawless. Perfect means it does exactly what I need it to do. A vacation can be perfect even if the nuts on the plane weren’t warmed before serving.
16 Jan 2013
Every year, Planet Argon releases a retrospective compiling the past year’s events; this includes business accomplishments like app launches, and personal milestones like marriage and travels. A couple months ago, I, Jack Bouba, was tasked with getting the ball rolling for the 2012 Year in Review. I felt this was right up my alley because (1) I love being in charge and (2) I’ve been rolling balls since childhood.
9 Oct 2012
Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated our 2012 summer picnic at lovely Irving Park. Now, as the mercury drops and the giraffe-fur coats come out of their cardboard boxes with puffs of toxic mothball dust, we ease into our creaking rocking chairs, reflections of the waning summer dancing in our minds like so many whistling embers leaping from the nearby hearth. “Why didn’t I go to the river more often, goddammit?” we contemplate; or, “I squandered this whole summer sitting at my desk, eating cookies, listening to the sound of my muscles atrophying, and now it’s dark when I wake up and where did I put my raincoat?” Oh, tut-tut, you silly goose! It’s only October- the weather’s still gorgeous and the leaves in your backyard make such a delightful crunching sound.
12 Sep 2012
8 Aug 2012
I interviewed Veronica Pisano, senior web designer at the Brooklyn design shop OrangeYouGlad, and one of my favorite people in the world. OYG is a small multi-disciplinary design studio that makes incredibly inspiring stuff for web and print.
17 Jul 2012
As Alice Cooper put it so eloquently, school may be out for summer, but it’s most certainly not forever. While kids are busy with summer activities and teachers are taking their much needed breaks, some of us have been busy. With our design help TCI, a K-12 publishing company, released their new online tools for students and teachers, primed and ready for the 2012-2013 school year.
10 Jul 2012
We’re so very proud and excited to announce that our project with partners iKare has launched! An idea that was more than a year in the making, the FamilyLink connects families and friends to their loved ones through a device that shares photos, videos chats, messages, but more importantly provide an ease of mind.
24 May 2012
At this point, we’ve gone through the early stages of our design strategy by researching, sketching ideas, and making a paper prototype. We then extended that strategy phase into a development of a mobile prototype to help explain how each page would function on the site. It was now time to complete the user’s experience by adding visuals to complement that functionality. Thanks to the extra work we did in the beginning, we knew what we wanted to see, so the transition from our quick and dirty prototype to a finished user experience adding visual design elements was practically seamless.
17 May 2012
In developing the Contiki mobile website, we thought it would be a good idea to provide them with a working prototype that they could actually click through on their mobile devices. Luckily, jQuery mobile was there to help make this a painless and useful process.
9 May 2012
Over 10% of Contiki’s traffic is coming from mobile devices, with over 58% being iOS, but the mobile bounce rate of 8.25% is more than the site average.
30 Apr 2012
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to meet the people you’re about to tour across a country with before you leave?
17 Apr 2012
When approached by one of Northwest’s icon, McMenamins, to help with their user experience, we knew we were in for something big. Something challenging, but rewarding. Learn how we took the first step towards better UXD by redesigning their navigation.