How to Create a Cohesive Conceptual Model from Diverse Mental Models

A successful software application needs one united conceptual model. But bringing together different mental models and turning them into a cohesive experience is a significant design challenge. Where should the application maintain divergence, and where should it unify similar concepts? Where do we (as a product team) aim to meet expectations, and where do we […]

Bringing Modern Design Practices to Legacy Technology

Almost all of the work we do at Atomic is forward-facing. We design cutting-edge mobile applications, rethink software that defines businesses, and develop code that automates the way our cars, batteries, and trucks manage themselves. Occasionally, we have to make software for legacy hardware. I recently finished designing for an embedded touch screen the size […]

Using Material Design? Keep the Design & Dev Teams Communicating

In an ideal world, the development team would build a component and pattern library around the designs identified by designers’ knowledge, industry standards, and research. Often, however, we see clients leverage Google’s Material Design, Bootstrap, or the like to expedite the process. There are often hidden costs to this route, which mainly surface as communication […]

3 Ways to Give Directions to Exploratory Testers Who Are Working from Home

All developers at Atomic do testing, but I have the specialized role of “exploratory tester.” I use my knowledge and experience to find any gaps that the makers missed during their testing. I’m often working on several projects at once, so I need to focus my testing on the most critical areas of an application. […]

Design Thinking Toolkit, Activity 20 – 2×3

You’ve identified a problem and maybe even asked, “How might we…?” Now it’s time to think of some fast solutions. 2×3 can kickstart quick prototyping and ideation. It’s great as a warmup for more detailed or complex solution-building activities. This is part of our series on Design Thinking Methods and Activities. You’ll find a full […]