UI


  • People love beautiful things. Earthshaking information, right? What’s significant is that our appreciation extends beyond our conscious behavior. Over a decade ago, usability expert Don Norman made the argument in his book Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things that “…

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  • When scientists needed a way to better explore planetary geology, the ICS UXD team created an immersive touchscreen interface that thoughtfully organizes and displays complex celestial research data. The Planetary Analyzer app helps scientists better understand astrological wonders in a visually…

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  • Some time ago, I wrote a post about the use of patterns in user interface (UI) design.  The idea is that, when one solves problems for a living, over the years the same problems will crop up, and similar solutions will be re-used. The context may change, but a solution that worked…

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  • Designed by ICS's UX team with an intuitive Windows 8 mobile touchscreen, the iSpeak Translator is an easy-to-use multi-lingual translator with a high quality of text-to-speech that will speak in the target's native language. The intuitive touchscreen control makes sure nothing ever gets lost in…

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  • The ICS UXD team worked with a leading developer of electronic medical records to create a unique design for quickly and accurately capturing patient injury data. When an athlete is injured, patient outcomes are improved when medical personnel can rapidly access information about the patient's…

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  • Where did the buttons go?  Significant aspects of modern visual design have made a huge impact on the development of graphical user interfaces across web, mobile, desktop and embedded systems.  While flat-design holds many attractive qualities, implementation of the style has potential to…

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  • In a previous blog post (Defining a Natural User Interface) I explained how finding a clear and concise definition of a Natural User Interface (NUI) was not easy. Finding a clear and concise list of user experience design principles for a NUI is even more challenging. An obvious reason for this is…

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  • Within a forested ecosystem, wildfire can be a beneficial, natural process or a devastating catastrophe caused by climate change, drought or other conditions. The ICS UX Team developed an intelligent in-flight wildfire monitoring system as a tool to help prevent and mitigate wildfire disturbances.…

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  • Philadelphia's Drexel University wanted to add a compelling mobile dashboard to its existing campus web portal, DrexelOne. The ICS UXD team created an engaging and intuitive interface for this portal app, which displays campus maps, bus schedules, news and events, and other important campus…

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  • American 4x4 trucks are built for off-road vehicle trekking. For drivers, knowing the status of a vehicle's condition at all times is important for off-road safety, making real-time feedback essential. ICS designed a conceptual in-vehicle embedded console that monitors and displays vehicle …

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  • ICS visual designers created this striking touchscreen control to illustrate the future of building security for the 21st century. Inspired by mainstream culture, the interface provides a modern and engaging experience, while still focusing on providing critical data when needed. ICS builds…

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  • The ICS UX team designed the Minerva iTVFusion app for Windows 8. It's the perfect way to view content on demand. At home or on the go, Minerva's beautifully designed interface puts all your favorite entertainment channels right in the palm of your hand.

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  • With this simulation and virtual forces system, users can quickly and efficiently model and monitor an evolving battlefield scenarios to make real-time adjustments to assets and strategies. We leveraged our extensive defense industry experience to create this concept for a mission-critical military…

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  • The ICS UXD team conceived and developed an intuitive desktop application interface for clinicians to review a patient's medical history and vitals, quickly and accurately. Our goal: use great UX design to help improve patient outcomes by making it easier for medical professionals to get the…

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  • The owners of Lueken's Village Foods, a family owned business in the Midwest, wanted to provide their customers with a modern shopping experience. The ICS UXD team delivered an easy and intuitive smartphone interface, allowing customers the convenience of shopping on the go. The application…

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  • Managing a stock portfolio and keeping up with current news and trends has never been easier with this mobile Stock Quote Monitoring System. ICS' UXD team created this engaging interface for traders and investors to track their investments over time. The system displays key information, from…

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  • The safety and security of cruise line passengers and crew are critical. Pleasure cruise ships equipped with the Cruise Line Network, produced by the ICS UXD team, allow operators to view essential ship data, such as fuel consumption and cargo capacity. This intuitive, easy-to-use interface…

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  • A collaboration between ICS' UX designers and engineers, who have an extensive background in music, resulted in the Studio Access Audio Editor. This engaging and powerful desktop interface is the perfect tool for quality audio recording and editing.

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  • ICS worked with Packet Design, Inc. to replace its XLib-based legacy interface with a new implementation based on Qt. Packet Design develops solutions that produce graphical multi-level representations of network topologies, routing information and traffic flows. With these tools, users can…

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  • X-Rite partnered with ICS to develop a uniquely creative and artistic user interface that matched their customers' expectations for quality calibration tools targeted at the design and and photographic markets. X-Rite, which includes design-industry leader Pantone, is a world leader in color…

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  • By developing custom-written Qt interface objects, ICS played a critical role in the most extensive weapons modernization program in U.S. Army history. The program enables integrated battlefield engagements by everyone from unit commanders down to individual soldiers and out to adjacent units.…

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  • ICS created Trailhead for The North Face to help athletes maximize their outdoor adventures. With Trailhead, athletes can find trails, hikes, bike routes, and other helpful information based on location. They also can use Trailhead to track their performance, map their routes, post photos, and more…

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  • The ICS UXD team developed a user-friendly, visually captivating user interface for a powerful automated home security and energy management system. The interface is easy for homeowners to use, which is critical for minimizing user error and safeguarding security. And, the appealing interactive…

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  • ICS helped Compass System design a touchscreen interface for OMNI Compass GPS, a precise mobile mapping tool that provides real-time geospatial awareness. It does so by capturing still imagery, high-definition video and audio, and providing accurate reporting via multiple communication devices and…

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  • When we say that a user experience (UX) has “visceral appeal”, we mean that it elicits an immediate “I like it” response. A visceral response is an emotional reaction that involves little or no active thought. It is often called a “gut feeling,” and it can be either positive or negative. According…

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  • ICS created Snow Report for The North Face, which gives skiers all the information they need for their next trip to the mountains — snow conditions, weather forecasts, trail maps, day-tracking, access to social media, and more. We originally created the Snow Report in Qt for Nokia S60 and N9 and…

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