It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

A well-designed application is a joy to use. It essentially becomes a “flow” experience. Nothing blocks your way, everything is where you anticipated it would be, and you achieve your goal seemingly without effort.

The technology fades into the background, and you become absorbed by the task at hand. You flow easily to the next thing without even really noticing. The way you do when you use less “high tech” tools…


I’m Alexis Allen, a certified FileMaker developer based in Toronto, Canada, and the principal at Hyperspace Data Solutions. I’ve always loved making things, and have a special interest in user interface design. I’ve been fixing business problems using FileMaker for over twenty years, and have worked with many individual companies in a large variety of fields, such as design, marketing, legal, and manufacturing. I have spoken several times about UI design at the FileMaker Developer’s Conference in the US, as well as conferences in Montreal, Canada, and Bologna, Italy.

You may have noticed that beautifully designed applications seem easier to use than ones that lack form and structure. I’m committed to learning everything I can about what makes an effective application, and would like you to benefit from my experience.

I specialize in designing (and redesigning) user interfaces for FileMaker apps. I also offer design reviews of existing apps and personalized coaching services, in addition to writing for and running the blog Designing FileMaker.

I’d love to hear from you and learn how I can help improve your FileMaker app.