Selected Clients

Organizations from diverse business areas and geographical locations consult Centigrade for its state of the art user experience services. Most of them repeatedly as we keep convincing our clients with great results.

Client Voices

BG Metall Nord Süd

Services Received

Icon design

Industry

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

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www.bghm.de

BG Metall Toolbar Icons
In the context of fusing the key applications Rehabilitation, Members & Fees and Prevention into one consolidated application, Centigrade was requested to design new icons for this modern software.

»We were particularly pleased by the high expressiveness and the overall quality of their work. The collaboration was close and productive.«

— Dr. Michael Heyder
IT Manager VITA

Bisnode Informatics GmbH

Services Received

Interaction design, visual design

Industry

Editing systems

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www.bisnode.com

Bisnode Informatics GmbH
Bisnode Informatics GmbH Germany requested Centigrade to improve the user interface of an application that allows Bisnode's editors to maintain and navigate through complex data pools. In order to achieve this goal, Centigrade developed a sound interaction design and a clearly structured visual design.

»The results of Centigrade's systematic work are very convincing. Besides their professional designs, we appreciate that Centigrade responds to our requirements flexibly and on schedule.«

— Lars Gehring
Process & Quality Manager

DHC GmbH

Services Received

Interaction design, screen design

Industry

Consulting and Software

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www.dhc-gmbh.com

DHC, Screen Design
Centigrade was commissioned by DHC GmbH to optimize interaction design and screen design of the client's application „DHC Vision“. The project aimed at increasing user acceptance through means of an improved user experience. Deliverables had to be supplied in a way that would ensure optimal support of development with Google Web Toolkit (GWT) on the client's side.

»After completion of the interaction design, Centigrade promptly delivered a variety of harmonic screen designs to illustrate different design approaches. On this basis, we were able to arrive at an informed decision concerning our preferred version. The provision of ready-to-use graphical assets supported our developers in an optimal way. During the running project, Centigrade reacted to our change requests quickly and in an uncomplicated manner. Communication throughout the project was clear and reliable and all our expectations were fully met. We are very happy with Centigrade's services and can recommend them without restrictions.«

— Dr. Rudi Herterich
Managing Director DHC

DKV EURO SERVICE GmbH & Co. KG

Services Received

Interaction design and visual design

Industry

Logistics and carrying business

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www.dkv-euroservice.com

DKV EURO SERVICE GmbH & Co. KG

Since 80 years, DKV Euro Service is one of the leading service providers for the logistics and carrying business. DKV Euro Service offers numerous services for cost optimization and fleet management like cashless on-the-road supply at 54.000 brand-independent acceptance points, toll payment and refunds of VAT. Currently (July 2014), 2.5 million DKV CARDs and on-board units are in operation at 100.000 customers.

»Centigrade convinced us with an excellent presentation and consulting. Our goal, to simplify the user interface for our customers, was completely fulfilled. In addition, we were very pleased with the quick response to change requests. We will gladly come back to benefit from Centigrade's expertise for further projects.«

— Nicolás Klug
Product Manager eServices
Product Management

Electronic Arts Deutschland GmbH

Services Received

Study

Industry

Video Games

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www.ea.de

Electronic Arts Deutschland GmbH

In December Centigrade carried out an evaluation of the racing game 'Need for Speed: Rivals' for Electronic Arts - one of the biggest publishers and developers of computer- and videogames. Focus of the evaluation was the recording and analysis of the game experience under consideration of different situations in the game.

The goal of the study was to determine how different game modes (singleplayer, multiplayer) and game elements (e.g. car crash, pursuit) of 'Need for Speed: Rivals' affect the player and to establish and test a setup for the evaluation of this and similar games. Electronic Arts set value on tracking the game experience with all interactions in order to also register behavioral patterns that participants are unaware of. This makes it possible to identify which aspects of 'Need for Speed: Rivals' particularly affect the players according to their self-report and how this perception relates to the physiological reactions of the player.

»EA chose Centigrade as executing agency to conduct the 'Need for Speed: Rivals' user experience study based on Centigrade's perfect mix of experience, competence and proximity to the games industry and their emphasis on 'joy of use'. The study provided insights unknown so far regarding the behavior and emotional condition of gamers.«

— Hendrik Ellenberger
Product Marketing Manager

Euregon AG

Services Received

Screen design, Icon design

Industry

Software for mobile nursing services

More Information

www.euregon.de

Euregon AG, Product Icons
euregon AG offers specialized software for the healthcare sector. The software provides functionality for information logistics, personnel management and operation control for thousands of employees and complex management-, controlling- and accounting-systems. Centigrade was successful in winning the pitch for completely redesigning the software's user interface including all icons.

»In a creative and dynamic cooperation with our project team, Centigrade came up with a comprehensive and detailed concept for the aesthetic and ergonomic design of our user interface. The new user interface impresses our customers as well as potential buyers. Centigrade is a highly professional team when it comes to the visual and interactive design of software.«

— Johann Hofmann
Head of Marketing and Sales

GiS GmbH

Services Received

Look & Feel development, icon design, website design

Industry

Plant Maintainance Planning

More Information

www.gis-systemhaus.de

GiS Java Swing Look & Feel
Being the leading software provider for plant maintenance planning systems, GiS requested Centigrade services to develop a highly-specialized Look & Feel of their Java Swing rich client. In numerous follow-up projects Centigrade also delivered new product logos and icon designs.

»The collaboration with Centigrade happened within a relaxed and productive atmosphere. Centigrade kept on impressing us with nifty and effective solutions on the technical side and creative and elegant proposals on the design side.«

— Mathias Mehrmann
Ressort EF / User-Interface-Officer

Glaux Soft AG

Services Received

Icon design

Industry

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

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www.glauxsoft.com

ZK Live Demo Icons
In the context of a corporate redesign, Centigrade was requested by the Swiss company Glaux Soft to create a desktop icon for their CRM flagship product Evidence. It was particularly important for their marketing department to reuse elements of the already existing Evidence Logo and enhance it with visual effects (e.g. silveriness, glossiness and perspective) to gain the modern Look of a Windows Vista icon.

»The quick reaction on our requests, the creative feedback meetings and the straightforward way of getting things done convinced us. We love the results and will get back to Centigrade whenever we need similar services again.«

— Heidi Pfund
Marketing & Communications Manager

Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Services Received

Expert review, interaction design, screen design, usability testing

Industry

Publishing

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www.hogrefe.com

Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Hogrefe Publishing with its main residence in Göttingen is considered Europe's leading publishing company in psychology and owns subsidiaries in nine countries. Besides publishing books, the company also offers, amongst other things, electronic products as well as hard- and software. This includes the Hogrefe TestSystem (HTS) that is used to plan, administer and analyze tests in all psychological domains.
Centigrade was commissioned by Hogrefe Publishing to perform a usability analysis of the existing system and on that basis create a new user interface with improved interaction design and visual design. In addition, iterative usability testing was conducted in order to validate concepts and allow for efficient project management.

»Based on a usability analysis, Centigrade came up with convincing interaction designs that significantly improve our application's usability. Furthermore, the pleasant cooperation resulted in the creation of visual appealing screen designs. Evaluating concepts and designs in usability tests and Centigrade reacting flexibly to our requirements allowed for an efficient project implementation.«

— Bastian Funken
Project Manager
Software Development

IT Innovations­zentrum Saarland

Services Received

Usability testing, expert review, prototyping

Industry

E-Government

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www.buergerdienste-saar.de

IT Innovations­zentrum Saarland
The IT Innovationszentrum Saarland developed a web application prototype which has been usability-tested by Centigrade in an expert review. Many of the identified problems could be easily resolved during the final implementation.

»Centigrade was a great support while doing the ergonomic design - crucial for the acceptance through our target audience.«

— Dr. Sabine Kronz
Wirtschaftsrätin

KWP Informations­systeme GmbH

Services Received

Icon design

Industry

Building Craft Software

More Information

www.kwp-info.de

KWP Windows XP Icons
Offering software solutions in the building craft sector, KWP contracted Centigrade to create a new concept and design for their desktop application icons, aiming at seamless integration into Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000.

»We are very happy with the delivered results. Also and in particular under Windows Vista these icons are really impressive.«

— Peter Rixinger
KWP Informationssysteme GmbH

LuraTech Imaging GmbH

Services Received

Screen and interaction design, icon design, Look & Feel development

Industry

Document Conversion Software

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www.luratech.com

DHC, Screen Design
LuraTech provides software for converting and managing scanned and electronic documents. The company's solutions are used worldwide, primarily by scan service providers, banks, insurance companies, energy providers, public institutions and in the healthcare sector.
Centigrade supported all aspects concerning the visual appearance of the company's new document conversion and capture environment DocYard, including screen designs, custom icons and a style guide. Most importantly, they created an extensible 'construction set' concept for distinctive module icons and supplied its graphical building blocks.

»Among several competitors Centigrade immediately stood out through their competence, professionalism and responsiveness. Our decision to trust Centigrade with various design tasks was also based on the solid and comprehensive concept they presented.
Centigrade's contributions were essential in shaping the appearance of the DocYard GUI. They equipped our workflow diagrams with an elegant look, which is ergonomic as well as highly recognizable.«

— Armin Ortmann
Head of Development / Director R&D

Mercedes-Benz technology GmbH

Services Received

Icon design

Industry

Automotive Engineering

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www.mbtech-group.com

Mercedes-Benz technology GmbH
MB-technology entrusted Centigrade with the conception and design of product and tree icons for a Desktop- and Web-Application in the data measuring management sector. As, according to the domain, the functionality of the application was highly special, it was particularly important for Centigrade to take care of a propery selection of intuitive icon metaphors.

»Though we had rather high demands due to the complex technical semantics of the functionality that should be translated into symbolism, Centigrade's work convinced our team all along the line. Starting with the prompt sending of a comprehensive portfolio and a rapid clarification of relevant questions to kick off the project, the services were delivered quickly and smoothly - with outstanding results. In short: a continuously highly-professional work, a a performance that absolutely convinced us.«

— Michael Merwald
Projektingenieur

Mettler-Toledo AG

Services Received

Screen Design, Icon Design

Industry

Pharmaceutial and Chemical Industries

More Information

www.mt.com

Mettler-Toledo AG
Mettler Toledo is a global manufacturer of precision instruments for use in laboratories, in the industrial sector and in retail trade. Centigrade was commissioned with the creation of the visual design for the touchscreen-based user interface of a new instrument as well as with optimizing the interaction design.

»Centigrade has made a significant contribution to the successful look and feel of our product. In addition to the excellent quality of the accomplished work, we especially want to highlight the quick understanding of our requirements and the structured, professional way of working.«

— Christian Sudano
User Interface Developer

Net at Work Netz­werksysteme GmbH

Services Received

Icon design

Industry

Anti-Spam Software

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www.nospamproxy.de

Net at Work, Windows Vista and Windows 7 Icons
Net at Work contacted Centigrade to create new and stunning Windows Vista compatible Icons for their Anti-Spam Software NoSpamProxy. A key requirement was that the icons are well-recognizable even in a size of 16x16 pixels.

»The result matches exactly with what has been discussed beforehand. The Vista Icons for our new product version meet the high demands of our company and our target users. We thank for short ways of communication and a rapid processing of our requests.«

— Aysel Nixdorf
Partner Managerin

OMICRON electronics GmbH

Services Received

Interaction Design, Screen Design, Icon Design, WPF Look & Feel Development

Industry

Testing and diagnostic solutions in the electrical power industry

More Information

www.omicron.at

Omicron, CMControl, Interaction and Screen Design
OMICRON is an international company serving the electrical power industry with innovative testing and diagnostic solutions. Among other things, Centigrade created individual screen designs for one of the client's WPF-based diagnostic applications, using Expression Studio. The assets resulting from the design activities were delivered in a form that allowed them to be integrated by OMCIRON's development team with minimum effort. For instance, Centigrade delivered visual styles of control elements as ready-to-use XAML files.

»Centigrade convinced us in several aspects: they do not only understand our needs and produce awesome screen and icon designs – they also managed to be a full member in our agile development process. Plus, they are reliable partners when creating visual artifacts for WPF-based GUIs. Finally, what makes the collaboration unique is Centigrade's sense for usability matters. For us, Centigrade simply covers all required UI design aspects to ensure a successful software development collaboration.«

— Nina Kirsch
User Experience Manager

Openbravo, S.L.

Services Received

Screen design, component design, icon design, usability consulting

Industry

Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

More Information

www.openbravo.com

Openbravo Applikationsscreen
Centigrade did the complete visual redesign of the Openbravo ERP system including visual component design and icon design. In addition, Centigrade provided the Openbravo team with consulting services to improve the usability of this rich internet application.

»Centigrade services have helped us to provide a stunning visual design for the Openbravo user interface. The Centigrade team has knowledge, experience and technology and these factors were a key element in choosing to work with them. The results: we are really satisfied with their professional work, highly above expectations.«

— Ismael Ciordia
CTO

Paul Hartmann AG

Services Received

Icon design

Industry

Healthcare industy

More Information

www.hartmann.info

Paul Hartmann AG
With a wide range of user-friendly products and customized services, HARTMANN provides nursing and health professionals with innovative integrated solutions. Centigrade supported us with the creation of a launch icon for our wound documentation software skinarea®.

»Centigrade delivered professional results within a very short time, which helped us meet the deadline for a product-launch. The pleasant collaboration and the adherence to schedules were very convincing.«

— Joerg Schaudig
Manager Corporate Branding

Perspectix AG

Services Received

Interaction design, screen design, icon design, Usability Consulting

Industry

Sales & Project Engineering

More Information

www.perspectix.com

Perspectix AG, Screen Design
Centigrade was commissioned by Perspectix AG to conduct a usability review of the client's application P'X5 and subsequently to create an optimized interaction design and a clear and appealing visual design for the new release of the product. Centigrade supported the client's developers in the C++ and XML-based implementation of the optimized user interface by providing ready-to-use assets.

»Centigrade conducted a well-founded usability analysis of the P'X5 user interface that provided a sound basis for planning the following activities. Style guides and ready-to-use assets optimally supported implementation of the visual design by our developers and the new interaction design improved the usability of our product. Centigrade always reacted promptly and flexibly to our requests, which allowed for an uncomplicated and fully satisfying completion of the project.«

— Dr. William Harris
Solution Manager Perspectix AG

Potix Corporation

Services Received

Usability consulting, screen design, icon design

Industry

Rich Internet Application (RIA) development tools

More Information

www.zkoss.org

ZK Live Demo Icons
Centigrade supports the team behind the ZK Framework in optimizing usability and asthetics of ZK-based Rich Internet Applications. With more than 800,000 downloads, the ZK framework empowers a wide variety of companies and institutions, ranging from small to Fortune Global 500 enterprises in multiple industries.

»Centigrade simply understood our requirements - sometimes even before we uttered them. But even more exciting to see was how straight and on schedule they turned these requirements into solutions, following a systematic approach and performing efficient communication.«

— Jim Yeh
Vice President

SAP AG

Services Received

WPF theme development and screen definition in XAML

Industry

Custom Software Development

More Information

www.sap.com/

SAP AG

The SAP® Custom Development organization offers a comprehensive range of flexible development, support and project management services at development centers world-wide. The organization builds unique solutions for customers, working closely with them to create individual solutions that distinguish them in the market and help set them up for long-term success.

Centigrade was requested by SAP Custom Development to support with the implementation of an individual WPF theme for their customer Vestas. WPF, the Windows Presentation Foundation, is the official desktop UI technology of Microsoft®. A 'theme' defines exactly how UI components look and behave.

»The Centigrade team members impressively demonstrated that they are not only highly qualified professionals regarding the design of aesthetically pleasing user interfaces, they also showed a strong expertise regarding the technical realization of a UI so that static Photoshop screen mock ups turned into living and tangible WPF screens.«

— Bernard Schletz
Project Manager
SAP Custom Development

SMA Solar Technology AG

Services Received

Icon design

Industry

Solar Technology

More Information

www.sma.de

SMA Solar Technology AG, iPhone and Product Icons
SMA Solar Technology AG is the world market leader for photovoltaic inverters, a central component of solar energy systems. SMA has 13 branch offices on four continents and received many awards for its achievements as employer. SMA has commissioned Centigrade with creating and designing icons for its suite of software products.

»Within the uncomplicated and straightforward cooperation, Centigrade quickly comprehended the complex use scenarios of SMA software products. The icons that Centigrade delivered match our corporate design guidelines perfectly and are of outstanding creative quality.«

— Julian Mengel
Screen Designer

Sakonnet Technology, LLC

Services Received

Icon design, Look & Feel development, screen design and development, component design and development

Industry

Energy Trading and Risk Management

More Information

www.sknt.com

Sakonnet Realtime Market Screen
Centigrade delivers user interface design and development services to Sakonnet since 2005 and at present accompanies Sakonnet's agile development process, developing major GUI parts of their energy trading and risk management platform.

»Often designers and developers are at odds with each other. This is not the case at Centigrade. They can design a gorgeous and intuitive GUI and build the components to make the design a reality. The user experience for our product is uncomparably better as a result of our long term relationship with the company.«

— Phil Renton
Director of Product Management

Sauter Cumulus GmbH

Services Received

Icon design

Industry

Facility Management Systems

More Information

www.sauter-cumulus.com

Sauter Cumulus, Windows Vista and Windows 7 Icons
Centigrade was entrusted by Sauter Cumulus with the conception and design of toolbar- and tree-icons for a web application that is part of their facility management software product family. According to the domain, the functionality of the system is very specific and so Centigrade had to attach great importance to the right choice of symbols.

»The icons that were created by Centigrade appealed to our team at first go. Centigrade accomplished to combine aesthetic designs with a meaningful symbolism.«

— Thomas Heidrich
Produktmanager

Setlog GmbH

Services Received

Look & Feel Engineering,
Icon design

Industry

Logistics and Software

More Information

www.setlog.com

Setlog GmbH
Setlog is trailblazers in building smart-core momentum for global value chain management. They are able to win over customers through smart, highly performant software solutions. Setlog instructed Centigrade to create an individually customized Java Swing™ Look & Feel as well as individually adjusted icons.

Moreover, Centigrade implemented special extensions inside the Look & Feel that are not part of the standard Swing component set and advised Setlog on the implementation of the GUI.

»The new LAF is amazing. We had some sophisticated demands, like having a progress bar that could be colored independently from its foreground and background. Our demands were ideally met and everything works just fine.«

— Christopher Trampisch
CTO

Stb Automatisiering & Advies

Services Received

Optimization of usability and system performance

Industry

Custom Software Development

More Information

www.stb.nl

Stb Automatisiering & Advies
Centigrade was commisioned by Stb Development to deliver a customized version of BizLaf for Servoy. Main focus on BizLaf customization were changes of font-types and interface colors, which resulted in a seamless fit for Stb's corporate brand look and feel. Centigrade also provided some nice technical enhancements for the user interface.

»I like to thank Centigrade for their great support on the recent releases of StbLaf. We really appreciate Centigrade's modifications on our BizLaf customization! Until now cooperation between STB and Centigrade has been pleasant and professional. We're looking forward to working together for future StbLaf releases.«

— Karel Broer
STB R&D Development

TMG Systemhaus GmbH

Services Received

Optimization of usability and system performance

Industry

Information Systems

More Information

www.t-m-g.de

TMG Systemhaus GmbH
TMG Systemhaus requested Centigrade to conduct a performance optimization combined with a user task analysis of a large-scale Java Swing-based management application for the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Multiple client installations were examined on-site to measure, monitor and compare the system performance as well as the overall user acceptance.

»Centigrade quickly managed to dig into the complex business rules of the application that were subject to optimization. The valueable hints of Centigrade's experts led to a higher user acceptance as well as a better product performance. Besides their technical know-how we highly appreciated their competent manner on-site at our client's place. An optimization project that more than justifies the expenses.«

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Services Received

WPF theme development and screen definition in XAML

Industry

Wind-energy plant management and maintenance

More Information

www.vestas.com

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Vestas' score business is developing, producing, distributing and maintaining technologies that convert wind energy into electrical power.

Centigrade received a detailed specification from Vestas about the appearance of the envisioned user interface. Within the scope of this common project, Centigrade turned the specification into an operable WPF theme so that SAP Custom Development engineers could concentrate on their main tasks.

Centigrade was responsible for the creation and delivery of XAML resources (such as control- and data templates) as well as the definition of the dynamic layout behavior of relevant application screens in XAML.

»We were amazed to see how close the final running application was to the design concepts that Centigrade took as a reference.«

— Bjarne Pless
Project Manager Vestas

XING AG

Services Received

Workshop on mobile design

Industry

Social networks

More Information

www.xing.com

XING AG

XING provides the social network of the same name for professional contacts, which is used by numerous members worldwide for business, job and career.

Centigrade supported the XING user experience team with a workshop on mobile design. The workshop provided participants with information on design strategies and guidelines regarding the design and development of iPhone and Android apps. On the basis of a practical example and by acknowledging usage context and limitations (such as the very limited screen space), the prototype of a mobile app was created in an interactive fashion.

»Very well prepared, selected and structured contents.«

»Good mix of lecture and interactive workshop.«

»One got a good impression of the differences between „classical“ user experience design (for the web) and mobile user experience design.«

»I had lots of fun with the expert knowledge.«

»What was really exciting was the playful approach to a rather technology-heavy topic.«

— Selected participant voices

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