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UX

Ensuring great user experience in complex networking software

Our experience in a nutshell

At CodiLime, designing and building UI for information-heavy network applications is our core competence. We provide a team of UX designers and researchers with a proven track record in designing UX & UI for complex networking solutions.


But why invest in UX? Bear in mind that network applications generate tons of data that need to be analyzed quickly. The analysis should produce actionable insights that a user should be able to put into practice immediately.


On the other hand, the brain processes visual data 60,000 times faster than it does text. Therefore, a good information-architecture and navigation flow will enable networking software operators to make right decisions quickly thus saving time and labor and decreasing the number of errors.

UX research & strategy

UX research & strategy

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UX prototyping

UX prototyping

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UI design

UI design

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UX score

UX score

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UX showcase

UX showcase

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UX research & strategyUX research & strategy

At CodiLime, we conduct UX research to identify new opportunities, generate ideas and fuel innovation. This research drives and demonstrates our clients’ vision and improves their market position. Based on the research we prepare a comprehensive UX strategy for networking products.


User-experience research methods are great at producing data and insights, while ongoing activities help get the right things done. Alongside R&D, ongoing UX activities can make everyone’s efforts more effective and valuable. At every stage, the UX design can keep product-development on the right track and in alignment with what users actually need.

How we help

  • Analyze the client’s company culture and expectations
  • Gather information about the client’s product and its specifications
  • Analyze business and end-user needs specific for a network application generating enormous amounts of data
  • Research ideas and provide solution benchmarks

UX prototypingUX prototyping

A clickable UX prototype is an interactive version of a product mockup that allows you to show its functionalities and the user’s navigation flow in practice. It can take the form of low-fidelity or high-fidelity mockups depending on the stage of the product lifecycle. If you are satisfied with the prototype, it can be sent for coding.

Building a UX prototype offers you considerable benefits:

  • Save time and money spent on the development process
  • Eliminate misunderstandings at an early stage of development
  • Verify if your product requirements are hitting the mark
  • Build a physical demonstration of a product idea for investors and potential clients
  • Ensure great user experience even in complex network applications

Creating an interactive UX prototype is the right approach to product design and development, in simple cases up through the most complex network systems.

How we help

  • Prepare low-fidelity prototypes to visualize users journeys and ensure user needs are met
  • Perform user flow testing based on a low-fi prototype to better understand user behaviours
  • Prepare high-fidelity prototypes to demo functionalities and support improvements

UI designUI design

The user interface of a networking product, e.g. application for network monitoring, can be very complex and display tons of data. Its operators need to quickly get insights into the state of their network and take appropriate actions. Therefore such an interface needs to visualize data clearly and consistently.


On the other hand, our analysis shows that 92% of network apps do not meet the criteria of solid UX in terms of ease of use, look and feel, components and accessibility.


At CodiLime, we design UI for networking products taking into account all requirements specific to this type of product. Ensuring high data readability and high user experience in information-heavy environments is the ultimate goal of every UI design.

How we help

  • Analyze networking industry leaders and closest competitors to get insights into best practices in network data visualization
  • Provide solution benchmarks
  • Redesign the UI according to modern usability standards
  • Ensure proper heavy data visualization
  • Conduct usability tests on end-users to iron out wrinkles
  • Ensure the product meets high usability, user friendliness and user experience standards

UX ScoreUX Score

We have been auditing the quality of networking application UX design since 2011, and have developed the rating scale on the basis of that work. The methodology draws on the research of UX pioneers Nielsen Norman Group, WCAG rules and our wide experience in creating network solutions enabling us to quickly but thoroughly rate almost every network application.


This rating contains 21 evaluation criteria in four categories.

Ease of use

Ease of use

Evaluate if a system is user-friendly for both beginners and advanced users.
Look and feel

Look and feel

Check if the product follows generally accepted design standards, based on Jakob’s law, and offers consistent design and content.
Components

Components

Identify relevant versus extraneous information and show you what could be removed. We believe simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Accessibility

Accessibility

Evaluate accessibility for three major groups: users with cognitive or learning disabilities, users with poor vision, and mobile device users with disabilities.

Those scores show you where your product needs to be improved and give you an idea, where it is positioned among your closest competitors.

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