Teknision: The Company Behind the PlayBook UX Design


A little known fact about the BlackBerry PlayBook is that the company that led the User Experience design is an Ottawa firm called Teknision. The company worked closely with RIM’s executive team and provided creative direction, conceptualization and lead design execution for the Tablet OS.

While we all know that the QNX operating system will come to smartphones, what isn’t clear is how it will actually look on the device. From Teknision’s site, they drop the hint that the UX will be similar. The company writes: “The BlackBerry Tablet OS is a completely new user experience direction for BlackBerry, which will eventually extend to all RIM devices.” From the small handling we’ve done of the PlayBook, the UX has been great and it will be interesting to see how it works on a small screen. Touchscreen and QWERTY hybrids are probably going to play a role in all this.

Another part of Teknision’s role in the PlayBook development was the creation of the design and development of some of the applications to be installed on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at launch. According to the site, “Teknision played a pivotal role in the creation of the PlayBook SDK and created prototypes of the PlayBook Photo and Music applications.”

RIM should do a better job of letting the world know about some of the smaller companies involved in the PlayBook. We hear a lot about The Astonishing Tribe and QNX, but Teknision hasn’t been mentioned once in a RIM press release as far as we can tell. Teknision is a very cool company and we’re looking forward to hearing more about their role in helping make compelling BlackBerry devices.

  • Todd

    Can you guess who RIM will purchase next?

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    Interesting that (like QNX) they are based in Ottawa

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    The App World team is here too.

  • http://twitter.com/PlayBook_Apps BlackBerry Playbook

    Going by videos Teknision creative UI of PlayBook should be appreciated. The UI conceptualized and the usability is very novel and the credit should go to Teknision.

    PlayBook Apps :

  • http://profiles.google.com/darkredz Leng Sheng Hong

    Always loved Finetune player created by Teknision few years back. Great work on PlayBook UI/UX, very well crafted indeed

  • http://www.intomobile.com/ Simon Sage

    It looks like SalesForce has already bought them up.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    Looks like an interesting project. http://www.teknision.com/interface-prototyping/adobe-open-screen-project#

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    The Teknision homepage says SalesForce acquired their client Radian6. Big money in the deal too.


  • Anonymous

    and where does TAT fit into all of this? I’m confused

  • http://nart.ca/ Matt Davidson

    Its great to see Ottawa companies like Teknision getting press. They have been on the forefront of embedded screen innovation for a long time, and with the tech giants in Ottawa finally getting out of the way the smaller niche companies are shining through.

  • http://profiles.google.com/darkredz Leng Sheng Hong

    yeap. Finetune is really fine tuned. PlayBook UX is just another great work from Teknision(with QNX & RIM).

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