Altia Design 11.3 — The Demo Launcher

December 17th, 2015 by Cheryl Falk

This new companion tool offers a simple way to check out pre-configured Altia demo executables and source design files.

See it in action here…and visit our release 11.3 page for even more great content about the new Altia Design!

Altia Design 11.3 — The Mask Object

December 16th, 2015 by Cheryl Falk

The new Mask Object give users the capability to create cool, dynamic graphics and animations quickly and easily.

Check it out!

Want to learn more about what else is new in Altia Design 11.3? Click here.

Altia Announces Altia Design 11.3

December 15th, 2015 by Cheryl Falk

Altia Design 11.3 — the latest release of our GUI editor — is available today!

In this new release of our GUI editor, we have added new features and enhancements that will make user interface design and development simpler and more powerful than ever before.

Here’s what you will find in Altia Design 11.3:

» Read more: Altia Announces Altia Design 11.3

Cadlog Srl Offering Altia Seminar in Italy | November 19, 2015

October 28th, 2015 by Cheryl Falk

Altia Workshop Presented by Cadlog | 19 Nov 2015

 

Altia announces that Cadlog Srl, our distributor for Italy and Spain, will be offering a free seminar about Altia user interface development software on Thursday, November 19th at Cadlog’s office in Milan.

This event will include “The Internet of Things Requires a User-Centric HMI”, a presentation by Altia’s Stephan Haefele, along with discussion about Altia’s user interface development software and code generation capabilities. Attendees will get the opportunity to experience Altia HMIs in action on variety of hardware demos.

» Read more: Cadlog Srl Offering Altia Seminar in Italy | November 19, 2015

Altia Selected for Production Embedded GUIs on STM32

September 17th, 2015 by Cheryl Falk

Altia GUI Development Software and STM32 have been selected for production embedded GUI programs in both automotive and medical — and the combined solution is in the final selection phases at key industrial device manufacturers. Read more in our recent press release.

The STM32 F Series is a low cost family of processors purpose-built for production embedded displays. The family offers two key benefits for companies seeking to implement a GUI on their device — low power consumption and low price point.

What makes Altia the best GUI development solution for STM32?

» Read more: Altia Selected for Production Embedded GUIs on STM32

Whirlpool Ships First Robotic Chef for Mass Market

August 24th, 2015 by Mike Juran

My first and unfounded reaction to this concept was, “REALLY?”

» Read more: Whirlpool Ships First Robotic Chef for Mass Market

3 UX Design Principles You Need to Forget

August 7th, 2015 by Shawn Lyon

3 UX Design Principles You Need to ForgetModern technology evolves at a rate that is difficult to comprehend, and successful designers and developers must remain hyper-vigilant in order to keep up with the latest trends and advances in UX, but even the best of us occasionally “miss the memo”.

This list of outdated UX design principles will help you determine whether your current design is where it should be and how to fix it if it isn’t.

» Read more: 3 UX Design Principles You Need to Forget

Future-Proof Your UI Design Using These 5 Rules 

July 31st, 2015 by Cheryl Falk

Balance UI Design for UIWe’ve all seen what an outdated UI looks like. In some cases, the technology has simply far outpaced the old design. In other cases, however, it’s the design itself that is behind the times.

Whether it’s an old trend or an outmoded style choice, these old-fashioned UIs stick out like sore thumbs. However, there are other products or equipment with UI designs that maintain high usability and functionality despite being much older.

What gives these UIs staying power? » Read more: Future-Proof Your UI Design Using These 5 Rules 

4 Fundamental Rules for Building Valuable User Personas 

July 27th, 2015 by Jason Williamson

Knowing your target audienceBuilding valuable user personas is no easy task. Designers and developers must first understand the fundamental process and know what to look for as they create customer persona dossiers.

Follow these 4 unbreakable rules to maximize the power of your persona.

  1. Understand your audience

In order to build an accurate persona, you must first define your audience on a fundamental level. This is a broad first step, but an important one. Begin simply. Will your design be more widely used by a particular age group, gender, financial class, education level? Gather all pertinent demographic information available for your target audience and begin “painting pictures” of intended users. Once you have crafted a clear idea of who your audience is you’ll be better able to understand what they want and need from your design. » Read more: 4 Fundamental Rules for Building Valuable User Personas 

GUI and UI Design: Balancing Form and Function

July 2nd, 2015 by Shawn Lyon

GUI Design Form vs. Function

GUI and UI design can be tricky business. Both must perform any number of complex functions, all while maintaining an attractive aesthetic that complements a product or application’s overall design. Successful designers understand the importance of striking the fine balance between form and function in GUI design.

The Importance of Branding User Experience

Brand consistency is a crucial component of user experience, whether online or offline. It’s so vital, in fact, that the branding stage should be one of the first steps in creating any UI. Developing an accurate understanding of a company’s end users, business goals and overall vision should largely shape UI design, ensuring that any time a user interacts with a UI, the design clearly reflects the company’s brand, ultimately contributing to increased user loyalty and satisfaction. » Read more: GUI and UI Design: Balancing Form and Function