The BlueBolt process has proven to be an outstanding blueprint to assure effective user experiences and creative design.
We always begin design projects by creating wireframes. Wireframes provide a visual and dynamic representation of the site, effectively creating a clickable, working prototype. This process ensures that our designers do not have to make decisions on business rules and allows them them to focus on design. This is the best way to assure design quality...the right person for the right project role!
In the meantime, our business analysts in Chicago and Denver remain committed to usability best practices to ensure site visitors will have an intuitive and engaging web experience. Our clients can always expect BlueBolt to bring the very best talent we can find to work as part of our team.
User Experience (UX) Design, Information Architecture, and Project Definition
Many new BlueBolt clients come to us hoping to simply understand more about what website design and development options are available, and a path to get there. This is especially true when taking into consideration the two important variable of TIME and COST.
Because there is so much confusion in the market over how to engage an interactive agency, BlueBolt long ago realized that many clients need a Project Definition engagement even before their actual design and or development engagement. We break this Project Definition into three (3) distinct areas, all of which have very involved processes that must be followed before completion and delivery:
Clients are asked to verbalize exactly what they hope to accomplish in a website project, and need to describe exactly what success looks like. Once a full analysis of competitors, goals, specific requirements, and online objectives can be documented, BlueBolt is able to put together a good image of what needs to be done to help a client understand design and development options.
There is nothing more telling that actual pictures, and we have found no better way to share website options than with visual wireframes and dynamic prototypes derived from what was learned from Project Description exercises. With the right tools (we use Axure, a very powerful website prototyping engine), we have been remarkably successful in sharing even the most complex concepts. Almost every BlueBolt project requires at least some wireframing, and we have hundreds of great examples.
This is the technical documentation only great developers can produce. We do not understand how solutions development can be estimated without having detailed HOW a development effort will ensue, including all tasks, the staff required, the materials needed, the platform intended, the hosting environment, the custom development steps, and the testing process required to successfully complete a project.