The award winning Lamina Theme

Last week, whilst in Amsterdam at ISE 2019 (the largest integration systems trade show in the world) Ultamation were delighted to collect another Crestron Award … our 5th!  This award was for Best GUI (Graphical User Interface) or in layman’s terms how our systems look and work through the touch panels.

At Ultamation we strive to build the best possible user interfaces for our clients.  We created our Lamina Smart Graphics theme, which has continued to evolve over the years not only in line with trends in design and new technology, but also with our experience of how clients interact with their intelligent homes and how that interaction works in harmony with, and enhances, their lifestyle.  It’s not our place to claim we’ve succeeded, but we’re proud to say that our user interface was cited as a key factor for the CEDIA judges in presenting Ultamation with the award for Best Integrated Home in the World and now has gone onto win an award by itself!

One of the constant challenges for user interface designers is managing the balance between ease of use, and functionality.  Without careful design, and iterative refinement, an interface can quickly become cluttered and difficult to navigate.  Our user interface philosophy has always been to keep the common functions easily accessible with the minimum of touches while logically grouping sophisticated functionality beneath.

Homeowners benefit from the simplicity of a single press to bring a room to life, leaving them free to focus on their own priorities, while still affording the capabilities to set the perfect mood in a space, access their integrated systems – be it security or heating, all within the familiar framework of our menu hierarchy and clean page layouts.  Remaining uncluttered doesn’t mean sacrificing on useful information, and our source control pages make good use of whatever’s available for a given source, whether it’s Now & Next information from a satellite receiver, or box artwork from a movie server.

Despite the user interface being deployed across different devices, the user interaction remains consistent so the customer is equally at home when using the TSW, TSR or iPhone.

To see our GUI in action watch the video here, this was part of our entry.

If you are a Crestron Programmer, you’ll be delighted to hear that you can buy Lamina Theme to use on your own projects using VT Pro.  If you would like to customise it for your own clients, you’ll get a discount when buying it together with Theme Creator.

Visit the Ultamation shop for more information.