Case Study: An Interactive Touchscreen for Harte

a user selects the directory of the touchscreen

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.

March 28, 2018

Meanwhile, in Texas: just another day at the office

I have a Texas Camp meeting in 20 minutes where I’ll onboard our new sponsor coordinator. Earlier today I was building out a spec plan for a new project we recently kicked off. Yesterday I ran payroll and worked through compliance reports for the state of Washington. All while leading back-to-back sprint-end client demo meetings.

March 22, 2018

ReactFest 2018

A few days ago I was fortunate enough to attend  ReactFest, a conference/festival organized by the React community in London. From an awesome and diverse speaker lineup to a well laid out venue, the end result made more than one happy attendee declare that it was the best conference they had ever been to.

March 19, 2018

Launching Kinderregion

We’re super excited! The new Kinderregion website has finally launched and brings their motto of Great parents need great tips for trips to life. 

It showcases a wide variety of exciting activities for kids. Families living in Switzerland can now plan a fun day for the whole family by browsing the site. Built on the same framework as Zurich Tourism, Kinderregion showcases highly engaging content that is structured, helpful and of interest to the user. 

March 15, 2018

Web Design Trends: What to expect in 2018 - Part 2

Hello again. After my last post, we started looking into some additional inspiring design trends, but this time I've approached things a bit differently, by focusing more on User Experience. Yes, it’s awesome arriving at a website filled with animation, vibrant colour, bold typography and beautiful graphics; but what about functionality? After all, a website has to serve a purpose. Whether a brand wants a user to click a button, fill in a form or read an article, a good design can take them there, it has potential to engage the user, and can gently guide them to the ultimate conversion.

March 12, 2018
Tish Amos
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