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Nicoya – Alto SPR Benchtop System

Our Industrial Design partner DDSTUDIO engaged Powell Design to create a completely new benchtop testing system for Nicoya Lifesciences called Alto. This was a fully integrated design project that included the design of both the hardware and software to create a seamless user experience. Our work included the design of the product user interface as well as the cloud-based web application for reviewing and managing tests.

Alto users are lab researchers working hard every day to better understand human diseases and discover drugs to improve human life. They have an analytical mindset and they focus on the technical details of their research.

Nicoya wanted this product to remind them of their passion and purpose – and connect on an emotional level by exuding positivity, inspiration, drive and trust. We augmented existing workflows and emotional behavior to build a logical journey that informs an immediately understandable interaction.


  • Alto software is powered by the cloud to streamline experiments.
  • Alto features an end-to-end software suite that is built directly into the instrument, leverages the power of the cloud, and automates experiments to reduce hands-on time.
Nicoya Alto SPR Benchtop System UX & UI Design
ClientNicoya LifesciencesYear2020PartnerDDSTUDIO

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