Bringing Design to Life

We create astounding workplace learning materials, that employ UI prototyping, to ensure our customers realise ‘their vision’ through design.

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.
Design is how it works.”
— Steve Jobs

There has always been a frustration. How can you convey the ‘working’ aspect of a learning objective, product or solution using static imagery or design?

Here at Autonomy, we found ourselves creating elaborate presentations full of ‘explainer text’ or rudimental animations to get our customers onboard, to understand exactly how this awesome solution we have designed is going to look, work, and feel.

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Our goal is to streamline ‘process’ to be flexible, adaptive and offer our clients more choice.

As a team of creatives, we get excited by new ideas and technology, when something comes along that can help to make our workflows better, it not only does that, but also encourages better design and ideas for our customers.

Our Knowledge Bank apps are a great example of how UI Prototyping brings design to life, to create the best user experience, in one learning space.

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Our Knowledge Bank apps required large amounts of design in their early incarnations, using static wire frames.

Our primary design tool Photoshop helped our designers to create and realise wireframes for the Knowledge Bank. However, our role is to provide more than a static ‘mock-up’ to visualise how the App would actually work.

The process used to be a long complicated task, making each screen into a ‘layered’ PSD file that could be imported and animated in Adobe After Effects (complete with green screened finger swiping and tapping on the device, to really sell the effect!).

It’s hard to estimate the exact amount of time a complex ‘mock-up’ would take, but as with any important pitch (especially for a new customer) to promote, sell an idea or a solution there is always a significant amount of hours involved.

Oh, by the way, that didn’t even get into optimising and reworking the same design/wireframe for other devices…!

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
— Steve Jobs (again!)

UI Prototyping helped us create our ideas faster, more effectively, without fear or risking the ability to communicate how design will work.

Prototyping makes it easy to refine, share and test new ideas while preserving the overall design consistency.

It can also help to build understanding, to explore options and barriers that only become visible when you build and test something, which in turn allows the prototyping tool to become a platform for full creativity and experimentation.

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a prototype is worth a thousand meetings”
— IDEO.com
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The ability to work fast on different versions of our ideas and share them with customers is a real game changer.

We can improve, refine, test and make adjustments that aren’t (always) visible before development has started. This makes a huge difference to how we build and test frameworks of our ‘Knowledge Banks’ apps. 

Watch our bite-sized video:-

“A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it,
it’s not that good.”
— Martin LeBlanc, Iconfinder

If you would like to discover more about our Knowledge Bank App or UI Prototyping, please contact us for an informal chat.

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