User friendly CRM for all!

In working to revamp the Import feature of PlaybookIQ, its becoming increasingly clear there is still a gap between the developer and the ordinary computer user.  For the technical partner, its easy to throw terms such as CSV, parsing, and “plain text” around (even in a single sentence!).  As the non-technical partner, it feels likeContinue reading “User friendly CRM for all!”

Making of a Web App: Part 10 – UI Evolution and Screenshots on Flickr

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article I share one iteration of an evolution of web application design layouts for PlaybookIQ. I set up a flickr photostream to show screenshots as they evolved. Read the rest of this blog entry first, andContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Part 10 – UI Evolution and Screenshots on Flickr”

Making of a Web App: Part 8 – Styleguide

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article we get a little bit ahead of ourselves and talk about styleguides. Early PlaybookIQ Styleguide decisions: Use of the International Style Tab-based navigation Persistent search box A styleguide communicates an application’s look and feel, includingContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Part 8 – Styleguide”

Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 1

In this, the sixth entry in the Making of a Web App series, we take a look at choosing a name. There are two steps: pick criteria and then pick a name that meets those criteria. In this entry we look at the first step: what makes a good web application name. Key points: DescriptiveContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 1”

Software Design: Grant Peace of Mind

I understand about indecision But I don’t care if I get behind People living in competition All I want is to have my peace of mind – “Peace of Mind”, Boston Avoid Indecision, Grant Peace of Mind If you are a software designer, your goal should be to have every page have one purpose. ThisContinue reading “Software Design: Grant Peace of Mind”

Design Decisions: Persistent Link to New Lead Screen

The Emergency entrance to our hospital is different than the medical building entrance. As with all hospitals, there is a big red EMERGENCY sign with an arrow directing you past the medical building entrance to the emergency entrance. What I noticed today (on a scheduled trip to the doctor’s office – not the emergency room!)Continue reading “Design Decisions: Persistent Link to New Lead Screen”

What Disney World, Five Man Electric Band, and Good Software Design Have in Common

Post No Signs It is very tempting to try to influence behavior by posting signs. On the surface it makes sense. If we want someone to do something, simply post a sign that says so. Yet on a recent family trip to Disney World, it struck me that Disney parks have very few signs posted.Continue reading “What Disney World, Five Man Electric Band, and Good Software Design Have in Common”