2013 at Automatic Studio

In 2013 at Automatic Studio we worked on no less than 17 products, contributed to two Australian Design Awards and wrote our first exam…

2013: 17 products, 2 Australian Design Awards, 2 exams

Windows 8 UX Exam and Workshops

This year we created the official Microsoft classroom workshops and exam for Windows 8 user experience design – our first exam.

…And other Microsoft stuff

We also continued to work on a variety of projects for the Microsoft platforms.

Ticketek, Virgin Australia and My QuitBuddy Windows Phone appsThese included Ticketek, Virgin Australia and My QuitBuddy for Windows Phone, as well as Ticketek, Virgin Australia, Westpac and MYOB for Windows 8.

Westpack, MYOB, Virgin Australia and Ticketek Widows 8 apps

…Which brings us to training and presentations

Speaking of Microsoft, Shane also travelled to Thailand to deliver training workshops for Windows Phone and Windows 8 User Experience, as well as speaking at TechEd and at #appfest in Sydney.

Shane also ran workshops on animation at UX Australia and UX New Zealand, as well as speaking about our Cochlear work at UX New Zealand.

…Speaking of Cochlear

Cochlear were once again an important client for us in 2013. Cochlear released its new CR230 Remote Assistant for hearing implant recipients – so we were FINALLY able to show the user interface designs we have been working on since 2010.

Cochlear CR210 and CR230

Also this year, Cochlear received Australian International Design Awards for two other products – for CR110 Remote Assistant Fitting and the CR120 Intraoperative Remote Assistant. The CR120 also won an award at the Medical Design Excellence Awards in the USA. Congratulations to Cochlear and their partners. We’re proud to have contributed to the user interface for both these products also.


In the web space, we worked with Amberdew Interaction Design on some exciting innovations for Telstra’s internal intranet which are currently under development. We also helped the folks at PropertyTree with their mobile web interface.

Mentoring, Coaching and Rapid Reviews

We have also continued our work mentoring and coaching software development teams as they build their own user experience skills. Clients this year have included teams at TSA, Blueshift and Altech UEC.

This is one area we are looking to expand in 2014: User Experience Design – Team Mentoring.

The Team

Automatic Studio is a small group of UX Designers and Researchers who love working together. This year, all of the above was achieved by:
• Shane Morris (Principal Consultant and ‘boss’)
• Matt Morphett (Principal Consultant)
• Stephen Kotz (UX design)
• Jack Hsu (Graphic and UX design)
• Nhung Nguyen (UX research and design)


Thanks to all our clients and partners who made 2013 grouse. We look forward to working with you to make more great digital products and services in 2014.