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When big companies use bad UI (User Interface)

What is one of the absolute worst UI mistakes you can make?  Well I'm sure there are a lot but I just filled out a finanical application for one of the nations largest banks and I think their site qualifies.  This blog is not to embarsse them but I thought it was a good example of how even the largest companies with the largest budgets make bad decisions when it comes to website design, development and UI/UX.

Switchbox Props

Switchbox Props is a fun and engaging way to recognize and reward the hard work that your employees and coworkers are putting in on a daily basis.

10 Ways to Tell if your Organization Procrastinate…

If you've ever listened to a business book, motivational speaker, or high school guidance counselor you've heard about how people procrastinate but you've probably never thought that companies can procrastinate.  The sad truth is that most companies are better procrastinators on IT projects then college kids are during finals week.  Take this simple test to find out how your last IT or Web Development project went.

Custom Product Configurations and Javascript

The web is built for display data in tables, grids, images and videos but not as much for custom online image processing.  The good news is that with a little help from Javascript you can build dynamic image and product configurators online.  Check out one of our newly launched websites for an example.

Why do Small Businesses out Innovate Large Corpora…

After working on web based projects for the last 14 years I've been asked this question a lot.  I've seen some of the most innovative web project ideas come from departments in large companies.  I've seen large companies sign contracts for initial web prototyping on their mobile kiosks, web apps, etc. but there is absolutely no question that large companies are at a tremendous disadvantage when it comes time to implement a web or mobile application.

What are interactive wireframes?

Interactive wireframes are a great step in the discovery process of any web based project.  They go beyond the standard view of static wireframes and help clients explore how the website or mobile application will function instead of just showing what the website will look like.

What is a Backlogged Project?

Every company struggles with backlogged projects.  There are always too many projects and too little time.  The problem is that a lot of backlogged projects are important and are time sensitive but they get delayed (often indefinitely) because companies don't have a way to prioritize them.  

GeoJSON Data Conversion

Working with GIS data for new applications can present problems.  One of the biggest is the fact that most GIS data is still in legacy formats.  If you are having trouble converting legacy GIS map data we can help.

Who owns your website?

Who actually owns your website?  Or maybe asked a different way, who has the ability to shut your site down if they want?  We are starting to see panic stricken clients asking this question more and more often and it's one you should be asking now.

ADA Compliance - A Web "Standard" that Needs to be…

As the federal regulations around stopping frivolous lawsuits are handicap accessibility are about to take effect more and more law firms are trying to file their class action lawsuits against organizations.  We have had a variety of companies reach out to us to help make their websites ADA compliant.  The problem is that while everyone wants to accuse our clients of not meeting the ADA standards no one seems to be able to say exactly what that means.

US Government Standards for Responsive Web Design

Most web developers and designers have used the Bootstrap framework for years but apparently the US government is getting involved now too.  If you do work at the national or possibly even state level for website and web applications you may see this pop up on an RFP requirement soon.

Filemaker Upgrades

15 years ago companies saw a need for building out business automation platforms but there was not enough development talent to build them all.  This meant that companies of all sizes started using "build your own database" applications like FileMaker and Microsoft Access DB to build business applications.  Now those platforms are becoming obsolete and outdated.  What should these companies do?

Website Security and Penetration Testing

Jacadis (A local web security company) came out to our office to present on web security to our team at our weekly Beer and Code event.  It was a huge learning experience and at the end of the day we all took away a few basic practices to make web and mobile applications more secure.  Thanks to Doug and Grant for presenting.

Web Analytics Dashboard Layout and Design

As more and more companies start to build web enabled dashboards there are a lot of considerations in just how they look.  It's not just about color anymore.  Concerns range from how far from how high off the ground will the screen be, will it be accessible on a phone, and do you need to have a print version are all important considerations.