While building a brand new Drupal site for Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies we discovered they had a large touchscreen display that wasn’t living up to its full potential. We realized we could create two different frontends, using both Drupal and React to make the most of their website and their touchscreen too. The project goals were to create a friendly, inviting, and intuitive interface that people would enjoy using. The touchscreen also needed to be easy to update for administrators, without any dev involvement.
The touchscreen was being used as a directory of sorts for the building and ran on a proprietary software they paid a monthly fee to maintain. That touchscreen could be navigated via clunky left and right navigation arrows and was very slow to load. In addition, updating content required developer time, and due to its very controls-heavy interface, was difficult for visitors to use. After experiencing the fresh, intuitive site we’d built for them, the team at Harte imagined a much friendlier experience for the touchscreen in their lobby.