Chicago UX Design and Strategy

Fuzzy Math is a leading user experience design, strategy and innovation firm based in Chicago with clients worldwide. Through research and design we help our clients make their users happy.

Our firm boasts an impressive client list of Fortune 500 companies and national brands at the forefront of user experience, including Allstate, GE Healthcare, Hyatt, Microsoft, Mayo Clinic, and more.

Our user-centered design (UCD) approach solves complex problems through user research, expert analysis, prototyping and collaborative design with stakeholders and users.

Fuzzy Math’s team of experts design interactive applications and devices as well as services and spaces across various industries, including education, financial services, healthcare and more.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • Fuzzy Math
    811 West Evergreen, Suite 305
    Chicago, IL 60642
    United States
    866.563.4650

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Allstate • American Marketing Association • Chicago Architecture Foundation • Fieldglass • Follett • GE Healthcare • Hyatt • IBM • Mayo Clinic • Microsoft • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital • Northwestern University • Rush University Medical Center • TaxACT • Travelzoo • United Airlines • Wells Fargo • Wonderlic

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User Experience Design & Consulting Projects

“Fuzzy Math really focuses on the UX while putting consideration into the technical implementation.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
1,000,000 - 9,999,999
 
2010 - 2015
Project summary: 

Fuzzy Math formulated UX solutions for two B2B services platforms, researching customer needs, creating design documents, and wireframing for one; and advising on initial functionality for the other.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Sean Chou
CTO, SAP Fieldglass
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Fuzzy Math’s 360-degree approach to UX sacrificed neither design nor execution. Their thoughtful and objective counsel was often put into practice, and proved to be the ultimate indicator of their own success. Had they had a larger team, their positive impact would likely have been much greater.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the CTO and EVP at SAP Fieldglass, a platform allowing large companies to manage their non-employee labor and supply-chain associated with it, including contractors, consultants, offshore resources, and service providers. Large companies tend to have huge quilts of these people working for them, and our platform helps them manage the entire process.

I am currently CEO at Catalytic, a company providing a platform which helps companies streamline and optimize their processes through better codification, guidance for users, and automation of other tasks.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fuzzy Math?

The need with my previous company was a combination of general interface uplift with a focus on refreshing and simplifying it. It was an enterprise software we’d grown over a long period of time, so the nature of the beast was that it had grown in complexity. We’d been entrenched in building the software for 8 years, so we needed a process that would challenge our approach. It made sense to bring in a fresh perspective to focus on UX.

We didn’t have enough work to hire someone who really understood UX and all the various pieces we needed to make this successful, which is why we went to an agency.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

In the first engagement we had a series of projects, the first of which had a pretty broad canvas and set the tone of our continued work with Fuzzy Math. We told them that it was our main product, so we wanted them to be relatively unconstrained in how they thought about a new version of it. We gave them the major components, some of the main use cases (which had to be available to everyone), some of the edgier ones, and some of the ones we considered redundant, which would be disposed of or moved to a more obscure part of the application. We then gave Fuzzy Math freedom in working with the product from a proposal perspective. We also gave them access to customers and had them participate in a couple calls.

Fuzzy Math had the chance to conduct their own studies, some of which we were involved in. They also got to talk to our services team, including the helpdesk, to get a perspective of what the current product problems were. We also engaged them with two of our customers that had their own UX teams, and were interested in helping us on this front. Those were great, forward-thinking companies, committed to simplifying the overall experience for their users.

We handled the implementation ourselves, but Fuzzy Math did create some live prototypes for us, as well as delivering some frontend JavaScript examples. They primarily returned design documents, including wireframes and a style guide. It was mostly static collateral, but this is what we needed.

We brought Fuzzy Math in very early with Catalytic, our second engagement, because we didn’t have many resources as a startup. Having someone work with us on a contract basis made a lot of sense since we needed many more people to focus on specific areas. Fuzzy Math worked on a part of our app that we didn’t have the resources to develop, but that needed to be started quickly. We wanted someone to put a lot of attention into what it might look like, what types of functionalities it should have, the API design, and how it would impact the main part of the app. All of these things can have a lot of interplay.

Fuzzy Math also helped us think through this part of our app and set it out from beginning to end. We had them involved in the core part of the app as we started to put out out engineering-heavy product. We involved a design director so it wouldn’t be so heavily focused on engineering, but he easily became overwhelmed having to manage an entire team alone, so we knew we needed help and a specialized UX perspective. Fuzzy Math offered a lot of feedback, which was great. They were acting as early potential users while also providing feedback from a UX standpoint. This all worked out very well.

What is the team dynamic?

The initial project was more of a heavy lift, and we had more people involved in it on a fulltime basis. I’m not sure how many people were involved behind the scenes, but we actively saw at least 3 people.

After the initial phase, we started focusing on specific areas for Fuzzy Math to target so that we could make incremental improvements. Once we went into that mode, we retained 1.5-3 resources. The scope tapered off from both our ends after the first engagement because we wanted them to come in and take bite-sized chunks.

How did you come to work with Fuzzy Math?

I went to a couple of my peers in the Chicago tech community and asked about a company that focused on UX. I didn’t want designers, but rather people who could work on user experience, making the product feel better instead of looking better. One of my initial impressions during the search process was that there wasn't a lot of differentiation between visual and user experience design.

Many of the initial people I reached out to were more focused on the aesthetics. A few of my friends came back with Fuzzy Math, which made me feel good about the choice. We also looked at another company, but the referrals and recommendations from the friends I trusted, and who’d actually had hands-on experience with Fuzzy Math, were the primary decision-making criteria.

I’ve had a similar experience with Fuzzy Math across my current company and SAP Fieldglass. The fact that I’ve used them across multiple companies probably says something in and of itself.

How much have you invested with them?

The SAP project took place a long time ago., so I can’t accurately recall the cost. It was a small part of our overall budget, and I may not have had a lot to do with the payment. Over the course of our multiple-year collaboration, the overall cost may have surpassed $900,000.

The project at our current startup is a more significant part of the budget, but overall, it’s still small.

What is the status of this engagement?

The initial project ran for 6 months, from the initial information-gathering and interview phase, to the design iterations. We then went into an ongoing mode, continuing to work with Fuzzy Math all the way into 2015. I'm not sure when we first engaged them, but the collaboration ran for at least 6 years.

The Catalytic project started in early 2016. Fuzzy Math worked with us for 2-3 months, after which we set up an in-house UX team. This approach is more central to what we do, and the differentiation we have as a company. We would definitely continue to use then if we didn’t have an internal team, and I will still probably reach out to them for augmentation. Fuzzy Math has been very helpful, despite the fact that we’re not using them officially right now.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We did not quantify the impact with metrics, but the perhaps the best indicator of success is that we incorporated quite a number of Fuzzy Math's recommendations into our product. With many consultants, their recommendations are often unusable or ignored for other reasons. With Fuzzy Math, most of their output was very practical and adopted.

How did Fuzzy Math perform from a project management standpoint?

If they had any problems delivering, we certainly didn’t get to see it, and Fuzzy Math generally delivered what we agreed to within the timelines. There may have been a few slips over the course of working together, but there was nothing that would make me think this company was not able to manage its workload. In general, Fuzzy Math did a good job managing everything. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They work well holistically, and bring together an overall package which I find fascinating. It’s not design-heavy or centered on wireframes, and we ended up with a good, practical package. They thought through the technical implementations instead of having a pie-in-the-sky type of design that sounds good on paper, but would be impossible to implement. The work was well-balanced, and Fuzzy Math really focuses on the UX while putting consideration into the technical implementation. I like this about them, and I find it unique. I’ve not found too many service providers who can do a good job of balancing all these elements.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We could have given Fuzzy Math more work if they had excess capacity. They chose to grow at particular and small rates, functioning as a sort of artisanal brewer. I respect this, but it would be nice to give Fuzzy Math more work and have more things occur in parallel. Assembling a larger team would have been nice, but this is less of a criticism and more of a wish.

They do tend to want to do things their way. This isn’t a criticism, but when signing up with them, the best approach is to let Fuzzy Math go through their process. They have a balanced approach and are able to bring all things to the table, which are both strengths. However, there were parts of certain projects where my team tried to bring them in for specific tasks, and Fuzzy Math ended up working below the sum of their parts. They were essentially showing up as a designer, and they probably shouldn’t have performed these tasks. It takes away from their overall packaging, but it’s possible that Fuzzy Math doesn’t offer this anymore.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Multiple UX Projects for Large Research Institution

Fuzzy Math has really amazingly consistent quality in the people they hire.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2010 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fuzzy Math has been a partner for over 10 projects that vary in size and scope. Core services are experience design, information architecture, user research, and digital strategy.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Greg Lanier
SVP of Strategic Communications, NORC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Fuzzy Math's products are so remarkable that they evoke jealousy from other internal departments and play a large role in creating a more modern brand. Their team of experts delivers quality work on schedule with a spirit of fun. The partnership has no end in sight.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

​NORC is an international research institution at the University of Chicago. We’re non-partisan and work in a variety of mostly public interest fields like healthcare and education and economics. I’m the senior vice president of strategic communications.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fuzzy Math?

 

We have quite a bit of creative direction and overarching web expertise in terms of web strategy here, but we don’t have information architects in-house. This specific need I was looking to hire for was an organization that could really think through in detail when we do large web launches and large system launches, a group that could really think through the user friendliness of the site and the overall usability.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

 

We've worked on probably ten or so engagements, but some of them have been small exploratory projects and some of them have been larger pieces. They helped us recently with the launch of a product called ForeGround. We had a new group in house that was doing an analysis of real estate economics. They were looking at how different trends and economic sources affect commercial real estate buyers’ decisions and the kinds of data and analysis that they need to do their job. Fuzzy Math helped us think through that entire process and the entire structure of how it’s organized, the user needs, how those are being met online, and how those can be best displayed.

 

Another project we worked on together was called The General Social Survey. It’s one of the largest social science data sets in the country, second only to the U.S. Census, just to give a sense of scale. We’ve been working on a project to make that data more available to the research community called the GSS Data Explorer. People are coming to this data set from a variety of different perspectives, whether they’re students, professors or analysts. The interface had to be intuitive enough to work for super experts all the way down to people are just getting started analyzing social science. It was a big challenge and Fuzzy Math did a great job.

 

In general, Fuzzy Math handles the frontend planning, strategy, wire framing, user needs, research, process flows and use cases, etc. It’s usually two to three people per project. Ben [Partner, Fuzzy Math] is usually our principal and that is great. Then we have different IA’s depending on the project and their availability.

 

How did you come to work with Fuzzy Math?

 

I don’t remember initially why I chose them other than I thought they were the right fit for us. The portfolio that we looked at really evidenced a wide range of things that we could engage them on, both small scale and larger scale endeavors. The second reason is that we just like them. One thing we really value at NORC is collegiality. We really believe work should be a fun, cool place where you enjoy the people you’re working with. Fuzzy Math has a good vibe and life is too short to not work with cool people.

 

How much have you invested with them?

 

Around $200,000-$400,000 over the course of time.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The easiest metric I can give you is that different people across the organization hire them. When they do work for us, they create jealousy with the other teams. They help people realize that it’s not just about design, it's about being super well thought-through in terms of usability and user experience.

When my teams and I came in seven years ago, we rebranded the organization as a modern and fresh research institution rather than a tired and old organization. Fuzzy Math has really helped us contribute to that because so much these days is about not just how something looks, but how it makes you feel and what type of experience you had with it. They really contribute to our ability to do that for our stakeholders.

How did Fuzzy Math perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re always on time. There’s only been one issue that I remember and it was completely our fault. That doesn’t really happen anymore unless we add components or modules at the last minute.

They’re super good at hitting the marks they’re asked to hit. They’re one of the best firms I’ve ever worked with in that regard. We’ve always found them to be of really consistent quality, which is a little surprising. I came from the web development side of the house and it's common to see inconsistencies in resources, but Fuzzy Math has really amazingly consistent quality in the people they hire.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re fun to work with and they do great work. I keep hiring them over and over. I’m super picky, just to put a point on it.

There are a lot of different firms who do basically the same things, but I feel like Fuzzy Math is really good at giving you what you need. They’re good at cutting to the chase. They’re good at saying, “I hear your problem. What you guys really need is…” I feel like they don’t just sell services to sell services. They really like to solve the problem well and as elegantly and efficiently as possible.

Are there any areas they could improve?

That would have been in the earlier engagement. It’s harder for me now because we have a system and a process down now.

If I were to think back at the things that they could have been better at, it took them some time to understand our nomenclature and what we do. Given that our users are scientists, it's pretty hard to understand if you’re a layman. I don’t know that this dings them per se. That would be something anyone who is a non-expert would have to do. Now It’s such a long going relationship that it’s a well-oiled machine at this point.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Design Projects for Allstate

"They’re just the nicest designers I’ve ever worked with."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fuzzy Math provides product and service ideation and design, digesting and synthesizing over 600 pages of brand research into cohesive narratives before preparing creative assets across different initiatives. 

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Northbrook, Illinois
Annie Conway
Design Strategist, Allstate
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal leadership praised Fuzzy Math’s dynamic presentations, and their recent online reports attracted 85% open and click-through rates. The team’s accessibility, timely delivery, and eagerness to achieve continue to drive productivity. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a design strategist at Allstate, the insurance company. I’m part of the innovation group. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fuzzy Math?

Our team is responsible for designing new products and services, usually outside of insurance.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We use Fuzzy Math to come up with product and service concepts based on a data platform we’ve designed to predict risks in claims. We needed to put those ideas into a deck that told a story from a user’s perspective.

I’ve used Fuzzy Math a few times, and we usually began with a kickoff meeting where they dove into any information we could give them. For this particular project, I sent them probably close to 600 pages of research. They were able to digest it all in a week, synthesize it so they knew where we were coming from, and kick off the ideation portion together in a workshop.

Our work has always been very iterative. We have ideation sessions together, and then they start working on the actual design assets over different projects. Some included concepts we’d already generated that they refined and synthesized into a story we could share with our leadership. We had about 4–5 people from Fuzzy Math working on our projects.

How did you come to work with Fuzzy Math?

I’d used them at a previous job and really liked the work they did, so I recommended them. For this project, we didn’t consider other companies.

How much have you invested with Fuzzy Math?

We’ve spent about $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I think the first engagement was in September of 2016. That lasted a few months, and we’ve since hired them 2 other times. We’re just wrapping up a project now that we started probably 2 months ago. We foresee additional projects taking place with Fuzzy Math related to this work. They’re our go-to design firm. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

The presentations they’ve developed and that we’ve delivered to our leaders have always been well-received. They designed an online report that just went out to several hundred people we have in a study, and we had open and click-through rates of about 85%. I think that speaks to how well-designed, clear, and useful their work is.

How did Fuzzy Math perform from a project management standpoint?

They were easy to communicate with and available whenever we needed them. They always delivered everything on time. I think they used quite a few project management tools internally, but we mostly communicated via email. We can’t really use file-sharing stuff, but we did use Basecamp too.

What did you find most impressive about Fuzzy Math?

They’re just the nicest designers I’ve ever worked with. They’re smart and eager to jump into a new project. It’s really easy to hit the ground running with them.

Are there any areas Fuzzy Math could improve?

I wish their team was a little bigger so they had more designers. However, they’ve always delivered what we needed. I like that they do a pro bono project every year; that’s how I got in touch with them in the first place at my last job. I was impressed that they donated that much time on a large project. 

5.0
Overall Score They're great.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’ve always charged us low rates.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I referred them to my new company.

UX Design for Regulatory Compliance SaaS Company

"They did a great job of being flexible with the different needs and personalities that we had within our company."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. - Sept. 2015
Project summary: 

A regulatory compliance software company hired Fuzzy Math to update the UX of their core platform. They began with user research, then produced wireframes and a style guide.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Mike Flynn
VP, VelocityEHS
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client has utilized the style guide to improve the visual appeal of their other products, which has resulted in increased engagement. Fuzzy Math's diligent project management, transparency, and diplomatic communication skills were strengths.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

VelocityEHS is a software-as-a-service platform in the Environmental Health and Safety space. Our business model is to offer solutions that aid and support company’s need to manage complex reporting and record keeping obligations imposed by various state, federal and global regulatory agencies. These regulations are primarily in place to ensure employee safety and sustainability objectives.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fuzzy Math?

We needed to update our core product platform’s user experience and wanted to outsource that project to a specialized UX [user experience] firm as opposed to doing it in-house.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We started with research, conceptualization, a design phase and a couple of wireframing sprints to lead us to a deliverable UX style guide and development framework that we could execute ourselves internally. We have a team that completed the interpretation of their deliverables and then our programmers moved forward with the development. We deliver most of our solutions in a desktop environment but parts of our solutions come through various mobile platforms. 

How did you come to work with Fuzzy Math?

We had an opportunity to walk through the process with 5 firms including Fuzzy Math. We went through a 6-month vetting process of 3 of the firms to identify who would be the right fit. We selected them for several reasons including their basic process of UX design.

How much have you invested with Fuzzy Math?

We spent between $50,000 to $200,000 for this project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project in January 2015, and the work was completed in September 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We haven’t fully executed the results of that project, but we’re planning on it in 2017. The work is still very relevant to us today and will be a strong differentiator for us in the marketplace. We have implemented some of the Fuzzy Math work in one of our mobile products mostly from a visual style guide standpoint. The results have been very strong. We’ve had very good adoption and utilization. 

How did Fuzzy Math perform from a project management standpoint?

The Fuzzy Math team listened well and incorporated the input and experience of our team into their deliverables. From a project management perspective, they were precise in their planning and sticking to the agreed milestones and work deliverables. As something of an unintended outcome, our team’s practices improved through osmosis – we learned from their approach and have incorporated many of the techniques they used during our project.

What did you find most impressive about Fuzzy Math?

They did a great job of being flexible with the different needs and personalities that we had within our company. They stand out in their ability to listen and manage their client diplomatically. I think we had a better product because of their abilities. We were very satisfied with our relationship with Fuzzy Math.

Are there any areas Fuzzy Math could improve?

In general, there’s a bit of duress when outsourcing work so heavily dependent on industry expertise. To no fault of Fuzzy Math they had to really stretch in a compressed period of time to pick up our customer pain points, industry drivers, competitive references, and economic aspects of the business. Success becomes dependent on the UX firm (in this case Fuzzy Math) developing a communication and cadence with the client to bridge that lack of expertise. Fuzzy Math was very adept at picking up as much of the context of our business as time allowed. In the end, the outsourcing approach puts inevitable pressure on results long term because a successful UX plan isn’t a point in time exercise. It’s a constant ongoing effort where the dynamics of the customer’s experience with your products are continually changing and you have to adapt to those changes as they are discovered. But Fuzzy Math gave us an excellent True north orientation to move forward against.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were competitive and transparent. It wasn’t abstract for us what the value we were getting for our investment was.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UX Design for Healthcare IT Company

"They need to feel that they can actually add to the user experience, otherwise, Fuzzy Math doesn't accept the project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2006 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fuzzy Math conducted research, created wireframes, and produced UX templates for a healthcare IT website interface. They also redesigned the login experience for a Microsoft website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
Seattle, Washington
David Cerino
CEO, WiserCare
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Patient satisfaction at the IT company has increased by 30% and their Net Promoter Score has grown from 46% to 91%. Fuzzy Math is reliable, innovative, and skilled. The client admires their desire to tackle complex projects and will continue to use them.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the chief executive officer of WiserCare, a healthcare IT software company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fuzzy Math?

We needed to develop initial user experience templates for our solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Fuzzy Math has handled the broad, end-to-end user experience design for our patient-facing site. The process involved in-depth research that we used to develop a 0.5 version of the platform. We also refined the system as users started to actually use it. 

I initially used Fuzzy Math for another company, at which I was the COO. I needed to overhaul our existing look and feel for healthcare workers. This is different from a normal consumer experience. It included initial wireframes, layouts, and actual CSS. I have also used Fuzzy Math while working for Microsoft. They helped overhaul a complete login experience for average consumers on a particular area of the site.

How did you come to work with Fuzzy Math?

I was on the management team of a company that employed a couple of Fuzzy Math's initial members.

How much have you invested with Fuzzy Math?

The total cost of Fuzzy Math's services has been around $750,000. We have an interesting deal wherein I pay Fuzzy Math through money and equity in the company.

What is the status of this engagement?

My very first engagement with Fuzzy Math was 8 to 10 years ago, and we have an ongoing partnership.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

When I started the company, we had a very basic version of the platform in play. Since then, our Net Promoter Score has gone from 46% to almost 91%. Our patient satisfaction scores have increased by about 30%.

How did Fuzzy Math perform from a project management standpoint?

I'm lucky to have known Fuzzy Math's team for long enough that they are available to me whenever I call. We have no issues—Fuzzy Math knows how I work, so we have clear expectations. I may have been unfair regarding turnaround times, but Fuzzy Math's team has done its best to meet my demands. We use Slack, Box, and a number of other project management tools.

What did you find most impressive about Fuzzy Math?

Fuzzy Math could've grown fast if they'd wanted it, but their team only takes on projects where the content is actually interesting to them. They need to feel that they can actually add to the user experience, otherwise, Fuzzy Math doesn't accept the project. They're after high quality, which is obtained through the working space itself.

Are there any areas Fuzzy Math could improve?

Overall, any consulting firm can strive to communicate more. Fuzzy Math has waited until the right time to tell me about delays, versus letting me know upfront. 

5.0
Overall Score Fuzzy Math is a very strong firm.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Fuzzy Math has done a good job, but there will always be inherent delays.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I'm very in touch with market costs.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UX Research and Design for Health Benefits Company

"Their willingness to partner with us has been great."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fuzzy Math conducted market and user research, then provided design templates in HTML and CSS to modernize the UX of a health benefits company's client-facing web platform.

The Reviewer
 
1001-5000 employees
 
Schaumburg, Illinois
Tim Hardy
CIO, Interactive Health
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new interface has been extremely well received by existing customers. Fuzzy Math's research skills, adaptability to the client's methodology, and timeliness are all highlights of the project. They are extremely collaborative and have exceeded expectations.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Interactive Health is a leading provider of outcomes-based wellness solutions to employer groups essentially creating healthier companies by creating healthier employees. I’m the chief information officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fuzzy Math?

We had an existing web platform for the participants in our wellness programs that we wanted to modernize. We also wanted to bring life to the voice of our health management piece by making it more of a trusted advisor, friendly voice through the web.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It was a UI/UX engagement of an existing experience and user interface through market research as well as user-facing research to determine UX/UI for our upgraded enhanced website. That included R&D, visual concepting, and HTML and CSS template delivery.

How did you come to work with Fuzzy Math?

They were recommended by a very trusted colleague. We looked at several other vendors as well. The reputation of the colleague who recommended them was a personal reason for me to choose them. They also had great strength on the softer side of UI/UX when it comes to research as well as the technical side in HTML and CSS. They had a strong willingness to work within the project framework that we were accustomed to as opposed to imposing their methodology.

How much have you invested with Fuzzy Math?

We’ve spent $50,000 to $200,000 with them so far in our relationship.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in the fall of 2015 and continue to work with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We launched the new web tool three weeks ago. We’ve had an extreme amount of positive feedback from existing clients, which are large employers, and their employees on the ease of use of the website and the visual appeal. We’ve seen some pretty impressive engagement metrics, but it’s still early in the process. We have a service where we connect users with their physician, and they can provide the results of their wellness program through our website. That’s been 100% increase year over year which was a pretty impressive statistic for us. Through that process, we identify key moments in the users’ experience that we want to emphasize to someone that has health risks of the importance of engaging with their physician.

How did Fuzzy Math perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very adaptable to work within our project management methodology. Fuzzy Math was also very strong in meeting deadlines. In this project, we used Basecamp and JIRA.

What did you find most impressive about Fuzzy Math?

Their willingness to partner with us has been great. When we both have strong ideas, they’re willing to collaborate, listen to us, and do the best work for us.

Are there any areas Fuzzy Math could improve?

I can’t think of anything. Any issues in the project that I can think of were on our end.

5.0
Overall Score The project we worked on with them was one of the largest technical projects that our company has done. Looking back, it went smoother than I would have anticipated.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They adjusted to our schedule and met all the timelines and deliverables that we had agreed to.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Relative to the cost the expertise they provided, the flexibility they showed and the end deliverable that we can integrate into our application, it was great.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Based on feedback with the design work, we feel very positive about it. Also with the integration between their HTML delivery and our application development team, there were very few hiccups.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

UX Design for Job Fit Platform

"They really stuck with us and worked through a challenging schedule and scope."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014
Project summary: 

Over the course of 5 design sprints and rounds of user research, Fuzzy Math rearchitected and modernized the UX of a web app that matches job fit for prospective candidates.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 employees
 
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Matt Knox
VP Technology, Wonderlic, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new platform has attracted hundreds of new customers and client conversion is around 23%. Fuzzy Math clearly articulated their methodology and process, which resulted in an approachable platform. Agile project management is noted as an area for improvement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Wonderlic, Inc. is a test publisher that makes cognitive ability, personality, motivation, and other psychometric assessments. These are used for measuring fit to the job and prospective applicants.

I work as Wonderlic’s vice president of technology. I also serve as the lead on strategy for our web products and web tools.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fuzzy Math?

Our company was re-envisioning how we connect our clients to the delight of finding the right candidate to fit their job. We were doing a platform re-architecture from the ground up, specifically our primary client-facing web application. Our site was 10 years old and had become very confused. It had grown organically into a hodgepodge of different features, information elements, and capabilities. The opportunity that we saw, in addition to creating a new technology backend for our platform, was to invest in streamlining and redefining our value proposition and the clarity of our client-facing system. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I reached out to Fuzzy Math to get their help in re-envisioning how our test platform could serve users. We wanted to leverage the best in class, user experience, design, information architecture, and interaction design elements. We used them in the course of 5 design sprints. First, we did some upfront view X pattern work to codify our marketing tone and modernize our look and feel. We came up with style guides, font patterns, and all the building blocks of the new user experience. Then, we ran a series of design sprints on tons of use cases that our platform serves today, including our existing legacy platforms. Together, we conceptualized a new vision, worked through wireframes, did comp generation, built prototypes, and conducted user research. We did 5 rounds of that with our clients. The process involved everything our product does to this point as well as a number of use cases that we thought users would want to explore. It took about a year to go through all these design sprints.

How did you come to work with Fuzzy Math?

My company has never done anything with user research or user experience design before. I personally had no clue of how to get started with that. Initially, I researched firms in Chicago. We wanted to find a firm that had a good, clear statement of its methodology and a value-driven approach. We had concerns about working with a boutique firm that was flashier and had more sex appeal in a design sense. We were concerned we would get more of that and less methodology, less anchoring. We wanted to make sure they understood our clients and their needs and connect that to our product. After looking at 3 firms and having an interview process, we chose Fuzzy Math. We felt that Fuzzy Math could teach us about human-centered design. Also, they had enough experience and flash to take us in the direction we wanted to go.

How much have you invested with Fuzzy Math?

We spent $300,000 to $400,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from October 2013 to October 2014. We launched the MVP version of our new test platform in December last year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Since the new product launched in December 2015, we’ve added 700 new customers. Our client conversion rate is around 23%. With new client acquisition and client migration, we’ve had tremendous success with the new platform. It has really improved our interactions with existing clients who transition over to the new platform. With new clients, having people understand how we can help them in their workflows has been very difficult. We’ve had overwhelming success with that compared to our old platform.

Our psychometric assessments generate a lot of granular results. These tests give very specific information about how an individual relates to the disposition and requirements of a given job. Fuzzy Math helped us distil that down to a single result, allowing us to rank our candidates. Supporting information is presented in a paced, manageable way that doesn’t overwhelm our clients.

How did Fuzzy Math perform from a project management standpoint?

They were good. It was a challenging project, given that we had such a broad scope. We were constantly throwing new ideas and new features at them. When there was a tightly defined scope, their product management was strong. When it was hazier, they struggled a little bit but they got better over time. It was something that they were working on.

What did you find most impressive about Fuzzy Math?

I appreciated that Fuzzy Math had a very clear methodology. It was easy to get conceptually behind what they were doing and why they were doing it. It helped us understand where our dollars were going. That was a real strength of their model, which was not the same with the other firms that interviewed. They would work well with someone is looking to get into UX who hasn’t previously done that and doesn’t know how to navigate that space. They’re very good at giving a clear understanding of what they do, why they do it, how that serves the process overall, and doing it to see the finished product.

I enjoyed that we worked directly with one of the partners, Mark Baldino. He handled both engagement management and project management. He also served as an evangelist for what his team was working on. It was useful to have one point of contact as opposed to working separately with a liaison, a project manager, and an account manager. It was very comfortable for us having him oversee the engagement and working with him directly. We got the opportunity to raise concerns or pursue things that we wanted to do. It was a very direct and easy access model, which we really liked.

Are there any areas Fuzzy Math could improve?

The only critique I would give is that their model is more of a fixed bid upfront and less of a time and materials perspective. There was a frequent conflict between that initial estimate and the actual time it took as we iterated through the process. The scope and scale of our project warranted an iterative, Agile project management style. It’s different for every project and isn’t going to be required for every case, but it was needed for ours. Our learning from the process is that we really need to invest more in developing those skills. That would have helped us avoid some of the miscommunication we had. We had mismatched expectations about what we thought we could do, what we were getting, and what we needed to do more of.

5.0
Overall Score They really stuck with us and worked through a challenging schedule and scope. They ultimately delivered something that’s been of tremendous value to us.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There were a couple of misses, mostly on expectation management between scope and what was doable. Once there was a commitment to be made, they were good about meeting that.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their comp work, prototypes, user design, and research were excellent. There were issues with their wires, but otherwise, they were good. They did some programming work as well, but we were much less satisfied with that.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them 100%. I really enjoyed working with them. I think they would serve another party as well.