Hug Your App: Usability Audit for Christmas

You’ve got an app that is on its way to awesomeness. It just needs a little tender lovin’ care in the usability or design department to get there. Buuut… your budget can’t take a full redesign right now.

And yet… January 1—and the end of taxable year 2008—is almost here.

Well, as a small business owner myself, I know both the joys of budgeting and the annual rush to get in just a few more tax breaks.

Does this sound familiar?

Have I got a present for you!

Warm, gooey User Experience audits…

Do you remember my first post announcing our prix fixe Inspector Package for usability & user experience?

Put simply: I will explore every nook and cranny of your app, and analyze every area from the overall application structure and assumptions, to the positioning in the market, to the design, layout, & behavior of specific elements, and aesthetic direction, making suggestions all the while.

At the end, you’ll get a fancy-pancy report running between 20 and 30 pages, including lots of analysis and many suggestions, marked-up screenshots and a few custom new wireframes just for you.

This is what I call The Inspector Package. (Think Sherlock or Columbo, not Clouseau.)

What can you do with all that advice and insight, you ask? Well, whatever you please! It’s yours to do with what you wish. Implement changes & ideas yourself, or hire somebody else to help you out, or even hire me, if you’re into it.

…at a totally snackable price

Usability audits aren’t just for Christmas, they’re for life!

But, since it is Christmas, and I’m feeling joyeaux, I’m taking $250 off the normal price. The whole shebang will run you only $3,250. Aaaaaand… I’ll throw in a year’s worth of freckle. You can’t beat that.

Turnaround time on these babies is about 2 – 3 weeks. They take a lot of time, effort, and love, so I can do only a couple at a time.

So, I’m opening up just 2 slots for January. If you email me today, I can send you a proposal and invoice today.

You’ll score yourself a nice tax write-off right under the wire in addition to some of the best usability-design-marketing help you can buy.

How’s that sound?

Write me: [email protected].

Happy Customers

So many of my customers are Big Corp’s that can’t or won’t talk, and neither can I about them.

However, lately I’ve been focusing on smaller biz, like Infovark, one of my coolest and favoritest clients ever. Our relationship started with an Inspector Package and turned into a full-blown consulting affair.

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Even my wireframes are often described as “awesome.” (Have you seen a typical wireframe? You know that means somethin’.)

The Details

Email me and I will send you a proposal, a sample audit and an invoice.

To begin work on your Inspector Audit Package, I’ll need a 50% deposit up front (that’s $1,625). Since I’m in Austria, time zones apply—and I can only accept payment via PayPal for now.

NB: All $ are US $.

Online Examples

If you’re not already familiar with my work, you can see a few projects in action live, on the internets:

Freckle — the first, full-blown app I’ve done as a personal project rather than client work

Twistori — People call it “strangely addictive,” but it’s not strange, it’s by design, every single level of it. It’s simple, but, as the old saw goes, it’s the knowing where to hit with the hammer that costs the big bucks.

CreativeScrape — My first stab at a visual feed reader.

Befuddlr — An online game I created with the other JavaScript god in my life, Erik Kastner. It, like Twistori, is addictive by design.

Unlike just about everybody else, I not only do wireframes, flow diagrams, and usability advice, I’m a visual designer, too.


  1. A few months ago, we started getting that itchy twitchy feeling while working on Infovark. We knew we were working on something cool, but it just didn’t feel right. We also know that great software applications could be made or broken by their user interface.

    When we saw Amy’s fixed-price design audit, we jumped at it. And it was a good thing, too: We needed a fresh pair of eyes on our product, some painfully honest advice, and a few pointers in the right direction.

    She calls it the Inspector, but for us, it was an outsourced gut-check.

  2. Paul Smith says:

    I just want to thank you for saying CHRISTMAS and not Holidays. I am so sick of all these companies saying Happy Holidays everywhere. It’s Christmas damn it! Oh and I wish you the best of luck with this and Merry Christmas!

  3. Amy says:

    Well I follow the rule of "reasonable people will not be offended if I wish them Happy Thing I Celebrate, even if they do not."

    Generally speaking, though, I call it "Giftmas" because I am a godless heathen.

    Didn’t particularly feel like it today tho. It sounded too snarky. 😉

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