About Usable Development

Usable Development, founded in 2008, is a full-service web development, user experience, and performance optimization firm in Michigan.

We have worked with over one hundred companies across a wide variety of industries. We also frequently partner with other firms, working as a subcontractor to meet their web development, user experience, and optimization needs.

Probably the best description of Usable Development is that we're problem-solvers; we look forward to working with you to identify and implement the optimal solution for your project.

Web Development

We develop standards-compliant and accessible (ADA Section 508, WCAG 2.1) mobile-friendly websites and web applications.

Depending on the project requirements, we either build entirely custom websites and web applications or we implement in a Content Management System, customizing the CMS to meet client and user needs.

Custom Development

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript & Node.js
  • Angular
  • PHP
  • Python

CMS Development

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • GetSimple CMS
  • Umbraco
  • Hosted (Shopify, BigCommerce, etc.)

Design Services

  • Custom Interface Design
  • App/Mobile Design
  • Logo Design
  • Branding
  • Icon Design

User Experience

We offer comprehensive user research and user experience services and customize our offering to meet your specific needs.

Beyond providing analysis and recommendations, we can also implement the recommended changes.

User Research

  • Survey Design
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • User Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Analytics
  • Personas


  • Information Architecture
  • Content Inventory
  • Task Analysis
  • User Interface Design
  • Content Strategy
  • Use Cases


  • Usability Testing
  • Section 508 / WCAG 2.0 Compliance
  • Expert Review / Heuristic Evaluation
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Card Sorting / Tree Testing

Have a UX or user research need? Get in touch to learn how we can help.


We provide half-day to 2 day workshops to meet your company's technology training needs.

Past workshops have focused on:

  • Accessible Web Design and 508 Compliance
  • Data Visualization
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Usability Testing
  • User Interface Design

Workshop content is a mixture of lecture and hands-on, small-group activities.

These training sessions are flexible in their timing and scope / coverage to meet your budget, timeline, and information needs. They can be conducted remotely or on-site.

Get in touch to learn about training options tailored to your needs.


Optimization takes a variety of forms, from improving load times in websites and applications, to improving search engine ranking and pay-per-click performance, to employing A/B and multivariate testing for Conversion Rate Optimization.

Performance Optimization
Conversion Rate Optimization
SEO and Pay-Per-Click

Call us or drop us an email to learn more.


We're always happy to work with other companies as a subcontractor. Over the years we have worked with over a dozen universities, IT companies, marketing firms, and web design companies in various parts of the United States in this capacity.

Perhaps you need a developer that produces usable, accessible, responsive and standards-compliant code that renders properly across all your target devices and browsers. You might need someone with expertise in a particular CMS. Or you need a company to conduct user research, evaluate and fix Section 508 compliance issues, or design and conduct a usability test. We can meet all of those needs.

Get in touch to start a conversation about how we can meet your needs.