Tag Archives: mobile design

Next steps for using information from Victoria’s Smart Meters. Insight and actions beat data dumps every time.

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The Smart Electricity Meter (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) rollout is starting to pay data dividends for Victorian electricity users.

Beginning with the Jemena Electricity Outlook Portal (on which we worked with DiUS) and most recently with Origin Energy’s revamped Origin Smart, Victorian energy distributors and retailers have worked hard to deliver energy-use data so their customers can make better-informed decisions about their energy use.

Instead of data, they need to deliver value.

The portals tend toward the same type of information display — a dashboard of bar and pie charts that show energy use over hours, days and weeks. It’s data, sure, but is it enough?

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The importance of being mobile.

A picture of three mobile websites on iPhones.

A picture of three mobile websites on iPhones.

We’ve written before about the importance of strong mobile designs for hospitality websites. Over the past year, we’ve launched a number of responsive sites, including large-scale work for ANZ and Origin Energy. More recently, we’ve built and launched sites for some much smaller (but still fantastic) organisations that are very close to our hearts. Having had these sites online for some time now, we can tell you some of the things we’ve learned. Read more

Bivouac: Bringing Identity to Simplicity

Edited: December 17th, 2013. Bivouac is no longer available, please visit basecamp.com/mobile to download a full-featured mobile app.

We’ve just released Bivouac, a small iOS tool we’ve been using internally for the past few months. It’s a simple todo browser and checker for your Basecamp account. It’s not a very complicated app, but we’ve found its count-on-one-hand feature set makes it ideal keeping up to date with our task lists with ease. You can find out more about it at our dedicated mini site or download it for free on the App Store.

Bivouac’s design was always meant to be as clean as possible, consisting of a very simple gesture system and two logical methods of displaying your to-dos. The app’s visual design mirrors this approach as much as possible, favouring simplicity over skeuomorphism or visual over-design. But as we developed the app and started to test it on a daily basis, we realised that the stark minimalistic nature of the product had a certain unfinished or empty feel to it. We found that although it was useful, the experience was mundane. We realised that  we needed to give it personality, something to differentiate it from other productivity apps.

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