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Sonic UX LLP is a company registered in England and Wales (Company No: OC428268) - 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JQ


What does it look like? We bring together web/mobile application design as well as social media to help reach your research, teaching and student recruitment goals. Here's some of the benefits of great UX in academia 


Over 50% of UK research is produced through international collaborations. Use websites and social media to build credibility across the world with a network of scholars and industry specialists to collaborate on projects with.



Funders prefer applicants who can demonstrate their ability to disseminate their research and create impact, both in science and the wider community. A web-presence with well presented information about your institution and research is essential .



 78% of students get their information about going to university from university websites. Showing you care about user experience can attract top students, RA's and faculty members to support your institution's vision.



 What makes your prospective students want to click? We gather information about your users, their needs and pain points,using quantitative and qualitative methods such as questionnaires, interviews, personas and usability testing.

How do you encourage staff or student usage of your app? We create wireframes and interactive prototypes, integrating branding, design, usability, and function, making your apps accessible and engaging to your audience. 


What do you want your users to do? We use information about your audience and craft engaging, concise words that guide them through your application and gets them to take action. From social media, to emails, to your own very own website or app.

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Eco-Conference Web Design

Codercats: UX Research 

The challenge

To design an application for textual data analysis that speaks to users and adds to their research.

With the rapid growth of information, it is clear that we needed advanced tools for data analysis.

In academia alone, there are 2 million scientific papers published every year1.

After testing existing free and paid software, it was evident that the new system should provide a range of analytical and visualisation tools, support collaboration and have an attractive design.

Research & discovery

Based on interviews with students and academic researchers as well as a questionnaire study, user personas were created to develop a clear vision of who our users are.

Our main users are students, researchers and academics.

The research identified that user needs include:
- A clear interface
- Sourcing data with API
- Advanced analytics: document review and coding, lexical, sentiment, topic and network analysis
- Results visualisations
- Collaboration tools including chat

How can we improve the user research experience?

The decision is to create a clear intuitive interface with advanced analytical tools and offer a basic functionality free of charge.

Usability testing

The project is at the usability testing stage. It will use the results to improve its UX/UI and achieve the project’s goals. See the interactive prototype here


Here are some high profile projects we've worked on and the results they had...


"Sonic UX was a vital part of our project. We needed help with our app for our research project and Marc crafted a compelling copy paired with very well-structured wireframes and designs. Very cooperative, delivered a great work at a fair price."

Daniela Retelny

Researcher -

Stanford University 

"The team did a brilliant job building our app and marketing our research project online. They worked meticulously to deliver the designs we need on time and within budget. Would happily work with Sonic UX again!"


Northumbria University

"Sonic UX provided us with high-quality UX design and development work for the FashionBrain.eu showcases project. They were very professional and nice to work with throughout the project and our partners at European Commission were happy too. Would recommend or hire again!"

Dr Alessandro C

Lecturer -

University of Sheffield

Government researcher persona