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New premises for more creativity

08/18/2016

The Swiss team’s new office is only 100 meters as the crow flies away from Lake Zurich. Our colleagues at 101 Dufourstraße relocated here at the beginning of August and have already established a creative work basis.

The fantastic view of the lake, which provides calm for creative breaks, and the much larger offices, immediately win you over. There is also a separate meeting room as well as a creativity room with the obligatory Ergosign table soccer.

We wish our Zurich colleagues lots of good times in the new Lake Zurich office!

Fit for the challenge – Ergosign competes in the B2RUN corporate run!

07/05/2016

With a good dose of fun and plenty of team spirit, the running teams from Saarbrücken and Munich assembled at the start line once again for the B2RUN corporate running championships two days apart.

In cracking conditions, the runners from Saarbrücken showed just how fit Ergosign is, setting excellent times on the 5 km course around the grounds of the Dillingen steelworks.

Two days later, it was our Munich team’s turn. Not even the showery weather could dampen their spirits on the 6.2 km course through the Olympic Park, past the Olympic Tower, along the Olympic Lake and into the Olympic Stadium.

All the Ergosign runners made it to the finish line in top times. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

When UX design and forklifts meet

07/12/2016

On 2 June, on behalf of Ergosign, I visited the CeMAT in Hanover, the leading trade fair for intralogistics solutions. The trade fair showcased transport and packaging systems. Small boxes and large boxes. Wheels and rollers. And, a smart software solution with a sophisticated UX design, the praises of which were sung in a musical.

“Simply Smart” - under this motto, STILL, the intralogistics supplier (more than 8,000 employees, 1.7 billion Euro turnover) presented its new software solution called „neXXt fleet“ at the CeMAT, highlighting the significance of digital solutions in the logistics industry.

STILL neXXt fleet consists of 9 individual applications and sets new standards in terms of availability, ease of use and visualization.  ”

STILL

Not only the apparent result is interesting, but also the path that lead there. An extensive and close cooperation with Ergosign preceded this first public presentation at the trade fair.

UX DESIGN

Based on the existing requirements and strategic framework conditions, together with STILL, we developed an easy to use UI concept. This concept is scalable, and thus can be transferred to future applications, guaranteeing the expandability of the software. In the subsequent visual design process, we ensured that the UI meets STILL’s corporate identity design and colors and at the same time highlights the pioneering character of the product. The result is an individual and responsive UI design, with outstanding user experience, which can be used on various target platforms (desktop, tablet, smartphone).

DEVELOPMENT

The UI was developed in our in-house development department. Thanks to the close cooperation of the internal departments and the well-established processes, it was possible to efficiently and quickly implement the software at a high quality level. We used technologies such as e.g. AngularJS, HTML/CSS, SASS and REST. Here again, the close interaction with STILL and its developers was important for defining clean technical interfaces and optimizing the end product according to the customer’s requirements.

The result is a modern, responsive user interface, which is currently implemented in nine different applications. In addition to the high demands on the UI design and the implementation, the medium-term time frame from ideation, specific design of the different applications to the final implementation, presented a challenge.

THE TRADE FAIR

The ultimate ending, was STILL’s presentation of „neXXt fleet“ at the CeMAT, on huge screens, iPads and touch tablets, and with an actual specially scripted and extremely effective musical - wow!

Maybe the next CeMAT in 2 years time will have another great reason to travel to Hanover. I would be happy.

For more information about the neXXt fleet visit www.still.de, on the page www.still-nexxt-fleet.de  or go to Facebook.


Hannes Musekamp

Senior UX Designer

UX in the yellow jersey at the Sportschau

07/07/2016

The 2016 Tour de France started on Saturday, July 2 with the 1st stage from Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. After 3,519 kilometers in total, distributed over 21 stages, it ends on the Champs-Élysées Avenue in Paris.
As a constant companion of the cycling race across France, Ergosign developed the Liveticker for the 2016 Tour de France on behalf of Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR). All the fans and those interested could therefore always stay engrossed and access route information such as altitude and the current position of the field at any time.

Ergosign undertook the complete development of the tour ticker, this means both front-end and back-end. In an analysis carried out at the beginning, the editors of SR were questioned in order to optimally adapt the new back-end as far as possible to the work processes and requirements. The resulting system is highly flexible: Thus not only can a number of editors work on the same ticker (e.g. field updates and ticker notifications), but a number of tickers can also be operated simultaneously, in case this is necessary. The different aspects of the ticker can be updated individually such that all information can always be kept as current as possible. Additionally, an XML interface was prepared by means of which the teletext is similarly always kept up-to-date.

The administrative area is fully decoupled from the front-end display. The front-end is lightweight, robustly updatable and is completely statically generated. It therefore offers very good performance with regard to the desired scalability by way of a caching server. State of the art technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 (SASS), Java Script and JSON were used.
Shortly before the tour Sportschau launched a new design. The Tour Ticker is adapted to it with its reduced design. All information can also be readily retrieved via mobile device. The responsive design is optimized using vector graphics and specially-designed SVG icons for mobile devices, tablets and desktop.

A particular challenge was the adaptation of the altitude profiles in SVG format, the content of which should adapt dynamically to the space available on the different end devices. Ergosign also overcame this through close cooperation with designers and the development team.

We hope you have lots of fun during the 2016 Tour de France and also keep up-to-date on all the action!


Björn Busch-Geertsema

UX Design & UI Development Manager

Lisa Föllinger

UX Designer

Playing and Romping Around - with no Leash

06/30/2016

Five brave Ergosign colleagues defied lion-hearted lots of mosquitoes, pretty high grass and a downpour to build a new fence around the big outside run for the dogs of Bertha Bruch’s animal shelter in Saarbruecken. The first part is finished and after another day of work next Saturday, the dogs can finally play and romp around for all one’s worth – with no leashes at all.

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