Posts tagged User Experience

1 min User Experience

Snakes Masquerading as Vines

We spend a lot of time identifying trustworthiness in our day-to-day lives. We constantly evaluate trustworthiness in both the people that we meet and in the products and services that we decide to interact with. Imagine that you're like Tarzan in the jungle; you're trying to navigate your way through products and services using the vines that hang in your path. Each vine either helps or hinders your path forward. Some are stronger than others and help you swing a far distance quickly and effec

4 min User Experience

12 Days of HaXmas: Designing Information Security Applications Your Way

Merry HaXmas to you! Each year we mark the 12 Days of HaXmas [/tag/haxmas/] with 12 days of blog posts on hacking-related topics and roundups from the year. This year, we're highlighting some of the “gifts” we want to give back to the community. And while these gifts may not come wrapped with a bow, we hope you enjoy them. Are you a busy Information Security professional that prefers bloated web applications, fancy interactions, unnecessary visuals, and overloaded screens that are difficult to

5 min User Experience

Building Personalized and Exceptional Customer Experiences

Building personalized and exceptional customer experiences At Rapid7, we strive to give you, our customers, a personalized and exceptional experience every time you interact with our organization, our products, and our services. This is what we refer to as the "Customer Experience". In order to clarify what this term means, Don Peppers from the Peppers & Rogers Group defines the Customer Experience as “the totality of a customer's individual interactions with a brand, over time”. We are all cus

4 min User Experience

Synergistically Yours, IoT Security-Usability

Let me tell you a story…. …a few months ago, I was going home from an airport in an Uber with my wife. We recently bought a house and were looking for some renovation work and discussing few ideas on the way. The very next day, I received a call from an unknown number—the caller said “Hello Mr. Dutta, I am [caller's name] calling from [company name]. I would love to discuss the home renovation project you are planning to undertake in your home”. At this point his words started blurring as my min

3 min User Experience

How to Fail Successfully

The Revolutionary Pied Piper Platform I watch a few shows quite religiously and HBO's Silicon Valley is one of them on my summer list. In a nutshell, the show is about a group of engineers starting their own company—Pied Piper—with a revolutionary data compression algorithm, and the plot revolves around all the good, the bad, and the ugly a startup can encounter and then some more. (Spoilers ahead, but seriously watch the show if you're interested; it's pretty good) Towards the end of this la

3 min User Experience

Simplifying BIG Data Within Information Security Applications

Rapid7 wants to help organizations leverage all their data to gain powerful insights into their data security, find and fix exposures that lead to compromise. The User Experience (UX) team at Rapid7 designed a set of tools that help users handle the volume and complexity of their data to make it simple to analyze and remediate on time. But this wasn't a simple task; it took us about a year and a long process of discovery, analysis, strategy, research, design, and production to deliver Nexpose No

5 min Log Search

Log Search Simplified

Hi, I'm Laura, UX Designer at Logentries and today I'm going to discuss how just about anyone can use Logentries to search and analyze their log data no matter what their job title or technical skill level. What is Logentries? At Logentries, the team works tirelessly to provide an easy to use log management service [] that allows users to stream their logs from just about anything. Logentries can accept data from almost any device that generates log data, inclu

4 min User Experience

UX Research: Steps & Methodologies to Inform Product Redesign

The user experience (UX) design and research teams are preparing to revamp Rapid7's customer learning and online help. As such, I thought I would take the opportunity to provide our community insight into the role UX research plays in bringing new designs – of both new and existing features and experiences – to fruition. Before I begin, I'll tell you a little bit about our “research” team. The Rapid7 UX research team, which sits within the greater UX team, consists of myself and my colleague Ge

4 min User Experience

Designing Authentication

At Rapid7 security is everything, and that doesn't exclude the UX team. Yes, we want to give you beautiful interactions, seamless workflows and screens that make you go ‘Wow!' But security is always there gently guiding our design decisions, which can sometimes cause conflict between security best practices and the best user experience. Following on from an excellent post from Roy Hodgman [/2016/03/01/the-attackers-dictionary], one of the most common examples of the impact of security on user e

4 min User Experience

Using Color within Data Visualization

Admit It, You Love Color! Any of the Rapid7 products you use involves interacting to some extent with color. Living in a achromatic world would be dull, compared to a world drenched in colors. Why? Because, color helps us in a number of ways. It can: * Help us to distinguish one object from another * Cause actions and reactions * Influence our thinking * Play an important role in conveying quantitative information. Imagine an air traffic control center whereby the colors used to convey dat

4 min User Experience

Security-in-Your-Pocket (SiYP)

The World is Not Flat, It's Mobile At Rapid7, we are always thinking about how we can make your life easier. Now that there are more mobile devices than people in the world1, our thoughts are turning toward mobile, specifically mobile versions of our Information Security applications. While we have no immediate plans, it's certainly an area we are interested in. But that depends on you, our customer. Are mobile versions of our Information Security applications something you would like to see Ra

3 min User Experience

Atomic Design @ Rapid7

Device-Level Design Should Not Be A Thing Large monitors, small monitors, laptops, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, toasters, refrigerators…where will it end? Nowadays, application designers need to consider a plethora of devices as they design. While we are not considering designing Nexpose and InsightIDR for your toaster, maybe one day we will! Although, Brad Frost tells the world of design that device-level design is an outdated concept. That's news to our ears! Let's look at this more c

3 min User Experience

What Is Responsive Design, Really?

Responsive Design has been a buzzword for quite some time now. According to Google, this blog post just became one of the 158,000,000 articles you can find when you search the phrase; so what's there left to talk about? What Is Responsive Design? When you search the phrase Responsive Design, you'll notice the search engine kindly reminds you that the term should be Responsive Web Design (RWD). Sure, the notion of device-based design didn't start blooming until browsers began to support differen

2 min User Experience

UX Engineering

In most organizations today, building widgets is a separate process from designing widgets. Designers sit over here. Developers sit over there. Designers come up with ‘ideas' and then throw them over the wall to the Developers sitting on the other side. The Developers build what they think the Designers wanted and then deliver that back for Design approval. Nine times out of ten, Design is surprised to see something that only loosely resembles their original idea. Why is that? Well, the goal

4 min User Experience

Applying Visual Design Principles to Improve Signal to Noise in Security UI

As we design the product experience at Rapid7, a key challenge for our team is the presentation of critical security information in clear, immediate ways despite the sheer amount of network and user data displayed in the user interface. We refer to this as a signal-to-noise challenge: important data can be easily lost against the background of unimportant information. Since invisibility is a valuable part of a hacker's toolkit, we can use the power of visual design to improve security simply by