Our Process

Six Red Marbles employs an iterative process of Strategy, Design and Creative Development to identify learner and business needs and to define innovative solutions for those needs, testing at key decision points throughout the process. Click on any of the three domains to learn more about how we work.
Goals
Analysis
Requirements
Planning
We never assume we have all the answers—or even all the questions. So we work hard early in the process to learn everything we can, and develop a core strategy for your project based on what we learn.
STRATEGY
Validate
Requirements
Learn
Analysis
Research
Requirements Evolution
DESIGN
Ideation
We quickly turn a strategy into a working prototype that learners and stakeholders can touch and test. We test and collect data, and iterate toward a best outcome.
Ideation
Research
Requirements Evolution
Content
Media Creation
Prototyping
Development at Scale
CREATE
We build a “blueprint” of processes, templates, and workflows that guide the transformation of that great design into an easily producible full-scale product.
Media Creation
Development at Scale
Content
We never assume we have all the answers—or even all the questions. So we work hard early in the process to learn everything we can, and develop a core strategy for your project based on what we learn.
Business Goals: We understand your business goals as well as the needs of multiple user stakeholders. Learning Goals: We ask ourselves, What do we want the learner to leave with as a result of this experience?
Goals
Learners: We deploy observations, interviews, testing, and research to understanding product design challenges.Existing Solutions: We analyze existing solutions to save you unnecessary time, effort, and expense.Competitive Landscape: We apply benchmarking best practices to set design and market goals.Learning Sciences: We integrate cutting-edge insights from education, neuroscience, and social science scholarship.
Business Requirements: We Identify what elements are needed to achieve the desired market response. Learning Requirements: We provide this pivotal learner-centered document that distills key takeaways and informs the rest of the process. Functional & Technical Requirements: We detail the core design elements needed to move to the next phase of the process.
Planning
How to execute requirements and solutions: We work closely with you to balance big picture and fine-grain requirements
Brainstorming: We collect Individual ideas and synthesize them collectively for the best creative solutions. Workshops: We address knowledge gaps early in the process; problems are identified and solved collaboratively. Sketching: We use quick, low-cost tools for easy, iterative idea testing and improvement.
Personas & User Journeys: We understand learners and how they engage with the product. Experience Prototype: We gather user feedback early to validate concepts and save wasted effort later in the process. Establish Success Metrics: We articulate clear goals so we can design the best ways to achieve them.
Learners: We design interfaces that embed your learners’ behavioral, cognitive, and cultural circumstances. Methods: We identify the best ways to tackle and master your unique challenges and strengths. Technical Feasibility: We ensure that inspired ideas can be created on time and within budget. Visual: We insist on clean, appealing interfaces that facilitate learner participation and engagement.
Requirements Evolution
Rubric: We organize the elements critical to transition your product from prototype to reality. Functional Requirements: We identify all functional requirements your product needs to be created. Technical Specifications: We make sure that all technical components are clearly articulated. Content Requirement: We ensure that all aspects of content are clearly identified.
Information Architecture: We organize and present information for learners in a logical, intuitive way. Wireframes: We create wireframes that outline the key elements of a product. Simple Prototypes: We test early versions to make sure that everything works as intended. Polished Prototype: We create increasingly complex prototypes to ensure the full functionality of additional assets and functionality.
Interactive Content: We produce dynamic media assets to present complex information in a clear, engaging way. Games & Simulations: We create games and virtual simulations that immerse learners in a meaningful experience. Print Production: We create printed materials for learners of all ages.
Media Development
Development at Scale
Project Management: We make sure that your project is completed in a cost-effective and timely fashion. Productionalization: We take a single iteration and transform it into multiple versions in an efficient, automated way.
K–12: We produce engaging and effective learner content for a variety of grades and subjects. Higher Ed: We understand the range of motivations and limitations of postsecondary learners. Professional Development: We work with companies to produce ongoing education initiatives to maximize skills and retention. Corporate: We offer training strategies for new and seasoned staff.
Six Red Marbles employs an iterative process of Strategy, Design and Create to identify learner and business needs and to define innovations solutions for those needs, testing at key decision points throughout the process.  Click on any of the three domains to learn more about how we work.
How to execute requirements and solutions: We work closely with you to balance big picture and fine-grain requirements.
Business Goals: We understand your business goals as well as the needs of multiple user stakeholders. Learning Goals: We ask ourselves, What do we want the learner to leave with as a result of this experience?
Learners: We deploy observations, interviews, testing, and research to understanding product design challenges. Existing Solutions: We analyze existing solutions to save you unnecessary time, effort, and expense. Competitive Landscape: We apply benchmarking best practices to set design and market goals. Learning Sciences: We integrate cutting-edge insights from education, neuroscience, and social science scholarship.
Business Requirements: We identify what elements are needed to achieve the desired market response. Learning Requirements: We provide this pivotal learner-centered document that distills key takeaways and informs the rest of the process. Functional & Technical Requirements: We detail the core design elements needed to move to the next phase of the process.
Project Management: We make sure that your project is completed in a cost-effective and timely fashion. Productionalization: We take a single iteration and transform it into multiple versions in an efficient, automated way.
Prototyping
Information Architecture: We organize and present information for learners in a logical, intuitive way. Wireframes: We create wireframes that outline the key elements of a product. Simple Prototypes: We test early versions to make sure that everything works as intended. Polished Prototype: We create increasingly complex prototypes to ensure the full functionality of additional assets and functionality.
Media Creation
DESIGN
CREATE
STRATEGY
DESIGN
STRATEGY
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Learners: We design interfaces that embed your learners’ behavioral, cognitive, and cultural circumstances. Methods: We identify the best ways to tackle and master your unique challenges and strengths. Technical Feasibility: We ensure that inspired ideas can be created on time and within budget. Visual: We insist on clean, appealing interfaces that facilitate learner participation and engagement.