Usability 101 in Design

When we design a product, we want to ensure at least two things. First, the product should be useful (of course). Second, the product should be usable. Usefulness doesn't matter if people can't figure out how to use it. "As [...]

How A Single Sheet of Paper Can Transform Your User Experience

What does a sheet of paper and an expensive, fancy computer lab have in common? Paper evokes tradition, while computers evoke innovation—in fact, we often perceive cutting-edge computers as a replacement for old-fashioned paper. But as incompatible as they might [...]

Minimalist Design

We believe in a minimalist design approach. That means that everything on the page matters: if we took it away, the page would be less useful. Every box, button, color, menu, hint, title, table, label, legend, link, line, and logo [...]

2017-02-06T13:25:58+00:00 Feb 2013|Information design, Interface design|

Information design: what’s the best way to display summary data

  We recently began designing a page to display individual summary data. This page should show a research participant's scores on potentially dozens of measures, from the ADOS, to medical history data, to IQ. Our goal is to support clinicians [...]

2017-02-06T13:25:59+00:00 Sep 2012|Information design, Tips|

Interface Design: Fitts’s Law

When we build applications, our primary mission is to support the activity at hand, whether it’s data analysis, data entry, or something else. Our design efforts center around questions like “What data does a person need to see on this [...]

Form Design Tip 2: Usability

The best practice form design mantra: the most important thing is usability. No one collects data without the intention of analyzing it. Similarly, no one designs forms to elicit information that won't be useful at some point. The first blog post [...]

Information design: Five ways to improve your bar graph

This is the second post in our series on information design. You can find the first post here.   We at Prometheus like to think about the most effective way to display data. We don’t often turn to bar charts, [...]

2017-02-06T13:25:59+00:00 Jun 2012|Information design, Tips|

Form Design Tip 1: Dos and Don’ts of Form Design

  Did you know that changing even the smallest item on a form after data collection has begun could compromise data quality? Editing items during or after data collection can lead to information loss and a change to the type [...]