Making an Impact: How a UX Architect Brings Accessibility to Government Websites

MetroStar is exploring the positive impact our people are having on the world around them. In this series, you will learn about the different roles, projects, and positive changes MetroStar’s team is helping to create. You may see mathematics and design often pitted against each other; however, a lot can be learned from math

By | 2020-10-19T16:31:37+00:00 October 8th, 2020|Categories: Culture, UX/UI|Tags: |

ICYMI: Drupal GovCon 2020

Drupal GovCon is an annual event that "brings together people from all over the country who use, develop, design, and support the Drupal platform with a focus in government." This year the event (Sept. 23-25) was held virtually through Zoom presentations and YouTube Live. Despite the virtual setting, MetroStar had three employees present their

By | 2020-09-29T18:44:13+00:00 September 29th, 2020|Categories: Events, UX/UI|Tags: |

3 Key Takeaways: World IA Day 2020

Information Architecture World IA Day is a global event celebrating Information Architecture—the art and science of organizing software, websites and beyond. Here in DC, local UX designers gathered and held their own little shindig in observance of the worldwide event. Designing in a data-driven world can be stressful, and often, instructions don’t come

By | 2020-06-05T23:58:00+00:00 February 26th, 2020|Categories: Digital, Innovation, UX/UI, Web Design|Tags: |

Strong Information Architecture Makes Your Digital Strategy

Strong Information Architecture Makes Your Digital Strategy Digital Strategy. Data Accessibility. Community … It’s no wonder why we’re excited to be a sponsor for World IA Day DC 2018. This annual gathering, hosted by the Information Architecture Institute, connects people that are passionate about Information Architecture (IA) with other like-minded professionals to share their thoughts, ideas, and work. As technologies evolve considerably from year to year, a recurring topic

Data-Driven Design: Approaching UX with Musical Intuition

When it comes to User Experience (UX), a data-driven design approach is a smart and savvy way to evolve a website, app, or any other digital product. It not only sets the rhythm of the experience; it follows the beat of the users—what they feel, think, and do. In the same way that DJs

By | 2017-05-09T12:56:57+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Categories: Digital, UX/UI|Tags: , , |

Mac OS X Turns 16: How Apple Simplified Its UI Design

With Steve Jobs back at the helm in 2001, Apple forever changed the game in computer user interface (UI) design when it unveiled Mac OS X. As narrated in Inside Steve’s Brain, it was clear that in the process of developing OS X, Jobs put a heavy focus on fully revamping the Mac OS

By | 2017-05-02T17:01:31+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Categories: Digital, UX/UI|Tags: , , , |

Design Thinking [Video]

What is Design Thinking A designer’s work is often perceived as the final object or deliverable of a project but the reality is that great, user-friendly design is a process. Understand the Why If you haven’t seen Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” TedTalk, it’s a great look into the bigger picture surrounding the importance

By | 2017-05-25T17:17:07+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Categories: Digital, UX/UI|Tags: , , , , |

15 Essential Tools For Designers

15 Essential Tools for Designers As designers, we continually rely on tools and resources to help produce great work. There are hundreds of design tools out there and sometimes it is hard to find the right one. Whether you are a UX Designer, Visual Designer, or Front-end Developer, these tools may help make your

By | 2017-01-26T21:10:46+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Categories: Digital, UX/UI|Tags: , , , |

Powering Collaboration & Crossing the Divide

I Have an Identity Crisis Really, I do. I’ve struggled with my job title since my love of design has merged into my exploration of markup and coding languages. Most days I split my time between sitting with the designers and sitting with the developers. And I could not be happier.