We make digital experiences for humans.
Actionable wireframes. Functional prototypes. User research.
Artifact is a UX design consultancy in Minneapolis.
We’ll help you create or improve your website, mobile app or web-based application. We deliver empowering user experience designs and unambiguous documentation for your dev team.
All ideas begin analog.
This is how we work. Fast. Early in a project ideas come quickly, so pens, paper, and Post-its are the capture methods of choice.
We can hammer out a couple dozen ideas in half an hour, then narrow them down to 3 or 4 solid concepts. This saves us a ton of time, and it treads lightly on your project budget.
We Make Wireframes
Wireframes are the workhorses of a UX project, and an essential early step in defining the user experience.
Their purpose is to arrange all of the required elements in a logical and orderly way that suggests their hierarchy and functionality.
Most often wireframes are plain vanilla – no branding or styles are applied. This keeps everyone’s focus on the functionality for now.
We annotate wireframes with detailed functional descriptions so dev teams are crystal clear on what needs to be baked into the code.
We Make Prototypes
A low-fi e-commerce prototype.
Prototypes do stuff
Prototypes are interactive. They do stuff. You can click through use cases just like a finished website.
They come in two flavors: low-fidelity and high-fidelity. Low-fi means even though you can click around, they still look plain vanilla, like wireframes. High-fi means we make the prototype visually indistinguishable from the finished product – colors, fonts, the whole nine. Check out or blog post on this topic.
High-fi prototypes can be useful for evaluating complex user interactions, or for when you need a little help selling your concept up the chain of command at your company.
The only way to user test
There’s no better (or more cost-effective) way to conduct user testing on a new product than with a prototype that actually does stuff when users click around on it.
It’s so much cheaper than testing your product after it’s designed and coded. We can iterate through several rounds of changes quickly and affordably.
Prototypes can be created for both desktop and mobile user experiences.
Your website or app is scored against rule-of-thumb principles (the heuristics), usability best practices, and our expert opinions to generate a laundry list of near-term incremental improvements you can make.
We conduct interviews with users, stakeholders, and subject matter experts to capture data used in the creation of personas, user stories, and customer journey maps. These artifacts lay a logical foundation for product strategy and UX design direction.