Wide and deep industry experience
Founded in 1975, we have a long and proven history creating solutions to complex user interface design problems for demanding user profiles in leading industry sectors. We were the first U.S. consulting UI design firm to employ professional human factors engineering research to the design of user interfaces for both hardware and software applications (1975). We created the first formal usability testing laboratory in 1976 and the first rigorous HFE testing methodology in 1979.
Our experience covers UI design and human factors performance verification for a wide range of user profiles and industry sectors including UI design for highly complex financial service applications, social media interfaces for teens, cross-platform media consumption interfaces for millennials, complex medical imaging and drug delivery systems, mission-critical process control and energy applications, user interfaces for COPPA-age children, large scale virtual reality networks and avatar creation interfaces, complex military systems, aerospace systems including NASA, product/screen-based interface combinations, complex CSR applications, and complex data visualization and decision-making interfaces for leading high-technology institutions and investment firms.
How we differ from other firms offering UX/UI design solutions
Based on our long and successful history, we know that the basis for creating empowering and successful business-critical user interface design solutions is the application of rigorous professional human factors engineering during all phases of development. History has proven this assumption well-founded, as several of our solutions are running at the heart of complex world markets and key industry sectors. We are uniquely qualified in both human factors engineering and UI design.
Extensive experience with cognitive processes and physical ergonomics
Many successful UI design solutions require a detailed professional knowledge of cognitive processes and physical ergonomics. The special biomechanical properties and anthropometric limitations of the human system can determine the effectiveness of man-machine interface solutions. In projects that combine physical hardware design with screen-based UI design, we offer clients a proven track record in physical ergonomics and biomechanics. This expertise is especially important in UI design projects, in which hardware and software interfaces must be optimized as unified components.
Intellectual property value created by MNM solutions
Numerous UI design solutions created by MNM have been awarded extensive utility patents by the USPTO and other global patent entities. These patents have, in some instances, become primary references for entire industries that are optimized around screen-based UI design solutions.
Putting the pieces together
We offer clients an industry-proven methodology for solving these increasingly complex technology/business user interface design problems. Because we are deeply involved in professional usability testing and heuristics, we know how to define your core business proposition, gather and document user needs and technical requirements, translate such requirements into robust cognitive and functional interaction models, create rapid prototype solutions for user testing, and finally, how to create and layer a world-class visual design style onto the best possible human factors engineering solution.
Our expertise in visual interface design
We are unique in our ability to integrate professional human factors engineering with functional interface design, user testing and visual interface design. Whether you are seeking a flat graphic or highly skeuomorphic visual design, we have both the expertise and history to deliver a final UI visual design solution that is aligned with the brand attributes and visual design objectives of your company or entity.
Testing your visual design solution with customers
Unlike other UI design firms that may simply follow the latest design trend, we do not believe that there is one visual style (i.e. flat graphic or skeuomorphic) that is appropriate for all client UI design solutions. Therefore, we routinely conduct A/B testing for clients related to the selection and refinement of the visual design style that is most appropriate for your company’s brand image and customer preferences. To that end, we have conducted many large-sample comparative studies on visual style during development, and know from these research efforts that simply applying the visual design style currently in vogue can and does have a significant negative impact on perception of your product by key customer profiles in the marketplace. We offer all UI design clients visual design testing during development. We also have a record of adhering tightly to preexisting corporate visual design guidelines when so directed by clients.
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User interface design approach is important: Today, corporations involved in creating world-class user interface design solutions should be deeply concerned about the methodology and development processes employed by their partners. A methodology that fails to be appropriately rigorous yet suitably flexible can put a critical project at risk. Our development methodology is rigorous, flexible, and industry-proven.
Whether you are undertaking an aggressive AGILE development effort or seeking a robust user-centered design approach, we have a reputation for aligning our methodology with your specific business objectives. We believe that development methods are an ends to a means and never the reverse. Here is what clients say about our development methods:
"We started out with a blank sheet of paper and ended up with a working design that not only meets, but I believe exceeds user expectations. Job well done!"
Development executive for high-profile government design project
"Excellent project management skills that drive the project very smoothly — on time, on spec, and on budget."
Product development executive for global credit rating agency
Business objectives development
Drawing on the methods and tools from the formal management sciences, we offer clients research and development of formal business objectives. During this effort, we employ proprietary data gathering methods aimed at identifying and interpreting your underlying business objectives—those objectives that are critical to creating effective solutions.
User needs analysis
Making assumptions about your user needs without confirming them through professionally executed needs analysis is the shortest path to failure in complex user interface design programs. We employ a wide range of research methodologies to identify and verify the needs of your user.
Human performance criteria
What is "simple"? How many times have you read a product specification that states as a primary objective "the interface must be as simple as possible for the user population"? Without objective human performance criteria, this is a meaningless statement. Human performance criteria create a framework for formal usability and customer satisfaction testing during critical phases of development. The criteria we develop are always mapped against hard business objectives to be certain that your customer experience optimization strategy is based on real business goals and objectives.
Task analysis and data modeling
It is well known that every touch point that your customers have with your product or service impacts their decision to be acquired, retained, and migrated. Task analysis drills deeply into the cognitive processes and needs of your customers and helps define a cognitive model of the customers' decision making process and conceptualization of task structure. The data from the task analysis is used to develop psychologically meaningful features and functions and create a design which simplifies and enhances the customer experience.
Functional interface design
A common problem with complex user interface development programs is the tendency to move too quickly to interface design solutions. Without taking time to develop the appropriate functional attributes, you can end up with a design which may look engaging, but lacks a solid relationship with the underlying cognitive model of the user populations. As a core component of our user interface design services, we offer development teams a structured approach which applies proven research and development methods to define the functional interaction design of the interface. This process ensures you will have a solid design foundation on which to apply visual and graphic design.
Visual/graphic interface design
The visual design of your screen-based interface will have a major impact on how your system is perceived by customers and users. This first impression is an important component of building an effective and strong interactive brand for your system. However, achieving high levels of visual design performance requires a clear understanding of how visual style impacts both usability and brand attributes conveyance (See related report from Forrester). Our structured methods provide the desired visual design attributes without sacrificing usability and brand conveyance. We offer clients a full range of visual design services including production of all critical graphic elements for complex interfaces and supporting, pixel-level production documentation.
The rush to create code is a major problem in most complex user interface design programs. For our methodology, we create robust simulations of complex interfaces to visualize and investigate the impact that a given functional interface concept will have on both user performance and satisfaction. The simulation phase is a critical component of all successful UID programs because it allows for earlier testing with key stakeholders and user profiles, significantly reducing the risk of project failure.
Customer training development
The critical question in the development of effective screen-based user interfaces is how to understand and support only those aspects of the user interaction that require training support and help. This problem is often overlooked by development teams until very late in the development cycle, often leading to poor acceptance of beta releases and cost overruns. A complex user interface that does not properly support user training needs can place high demands on call center volume resulting in increased costs and complexity. We offer clients extensive support in training needs definition used for the development of complete online tutorials and help systems.
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Our specialized research applications
Agile software sprint testing
The centerpiece of all successful AGILE software development projects is rapid development of critical user needs followed by reliable feedback from users during each sprint. Based on your project needs, we combine our research methodologies (described above) to create a specialized AGILE user testing program to provide development teams with critical expertise and feedback during even the most aggressive sprints. These services have proven highly effective in dramatically reducing the risk present in AGILE development projects.
Trading system UI design
Over the past 20 years, we have executed trading system UI design programs for several of the world's primary markets and market makers, including major projects for The New York Stock Exchange, Goldman Sachs, Trading Technologies, Inc., WitCapital/Soundview, and other leading financial institutions. We have financial trading systems experience covering all phases of high performance UI development including, usability research, business objectives development, needs analysis, task analysis, trading floor ethnography, and cognitive modeling of high-risk decision making. We have developed high performance UI trading solutions for a wide range of profiles including hedge funds, equity trade desks, futures and numerous other asset classes. In addition to our experience creating solutions for professional traders we have extensive experience analyzing and developing consumer online FSI systems including home banking, trading, and financial planning. Our trading solutions are running at the heart of the world economy.
Media and cross platform testing
A primary business problem all large media companies face today is how to successfully migrate their traditional media properties to the 4 interconnected and increasingly transparent delivery platforms of TV, Web, Mobile, and Virtual. We have worked with the world's most successful media companies to design and execute cross-platform usability and user experience studies that address this difficult customer "engagement" problem. Our research methods have proven effective in helping major media companies understand and optimize their migration to successful new media business models.
Gaming and virtual reality testing
Online gaming and virtual reality are two of the primary forces of the "NEW" new media. Avatar-based interfaces allow customers to play in synthetic environments, creating a staggering opportunity for those who understand the psychological impact and the primary customer experience design challenges. Effective and reliable research in the virtual reality and gaming arena drives success. At MauroNewMedia, we have pioneered research programs for some of the largest gaming and virtual world commercial projects in recent history. Using these new methods for conducting research in gaming and virtual worlds, we have developed a deep understanding of user and avatar behaviors and the related functions that drive deep immersion and expand in-world social networking participation. Our research services have been used extensively to answer critical user experience questions related to how customers respond to gaming and virtual world interfaces.
Understanding your user profiles (personas) is critical to understanding how to create and support a successful product or service. For more than 25 years, we have created complex user profiles for a wide range of products and services, ranging from personas for cancer patients, to brokers executing trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In all of these projects, we employ a combination of professional user testing, observational research, and interview methodologies to develop interactive persona solutions that combine the latest data with the most appropriate and reliable research methods.