Openbravo is an online ERP-application which supports day to day business processes such as procurement, selling, invoicing, warehousing etc. Aiming to be a highly efficient and usable reference application, it needed a redesign on both the usability and graphic level. I was responsible for the graphic user interface design from a user point of view.
The application is a complex software with many modules, layers and windows for many processes; hence, the priority was to understand its workings as quickly as possible in order to create a proper visual hierarchy. Due to the numerous icons used in the software, I collaborated with a talented icon designer. The complexity of the software design included a smooth integration of several interconnected elements: whenever a user rolled (or pressed, etc.) his mouse over one element, the design needed to respond accordingly. Therefore, alle clickable elements, and their states, needed to be considered in the graphic user interface. Another interesting aspect of this software design was the modular character of the interface: taking into account the interchangeability and extendability of the modules.
When the graphic work was done, I delivered the HTML of all designed modules, in order to have a web standards compliant and accessible example base before it got implemented in the final framework Openbravo is built upon.
Tasks within the project
- Inventory of the application software
- Assistance in usability from a graphic point of view
- Graphic user interface design
- Icon management
- HTML/CSS according to W3C web standards and accessibility guidelines
Based in Barcelona and working in the cloud, I love international flavoured collaborations. I’m fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch, German and French, like to travel and am curious about different cultures. Your project can be discussed in your office enjoying a cup of tea or we can set up a Skype call. There's always a way to communicate!
In 1998, I earned my bachelors in graphic design in Breda, The Netherlands. Just as the internet bubble formed, I moved to Spain and eagerly studied web design and interfaces on my own. Now, I combine design with teaching, as I love to share my knowledge with students and clients alike. A full work history can be found at MissPixel’s Linkedin profile.
The joy of work is in the balance: organising and taking care of customers in the user experience field, mathematical challenges in HTML coding and composing bright colourful palettes on screen and paper.
These three perspectives harmoniously come together into one goal: making people happy with useful and beautiful designs. Boy, do I love my job!