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Custom Web Projects

Teague Client Access Tool

Branded File-Sharing Application - Teague Inc.

Customer Site: teague.com

> What they needed.

Teague does industrial hardware design for clients like HP and Boeing. They needed to be able to share large files up to 200MB in size and Email wasn't doing the job. Training end-users to use FTP wasn't an option.

> What we did.

What a great experience! We built a web-application with people trained in interaction design. They developed screen mockups in Illustrator of exactly how they wanted the application to look. We provided consultation on technical details and built the web application exactly as they wanted.

We made some great cutting-edge technology choices to make downloading and uploading to a web application as seamless a user experience across browsers as possible. This is a great web application with plenty of rich visual niceties in a simple setting, and a beautiful implementation of web-based uploading.

> Results.

The application meets the ambitious plan we made for it and is working wonderfully for the small beta set of clients testing it. We're looking at an August 2007 launch to their entire base of clients and vendors.

Housing Development Consortium

Newsletter - Housing Development Consortium of King County

Customer Site: housingconsortium.org

> What they needed.

HDC had an existing newsletter they distributed as a .pdf file. The file was huge, and they were also mailing out a paper copy to customers. They needed a lightweight custom email version that had many specialized data entry needs.

> What we did.

We interviewed them about their data needs and helped them come up with a structure well suited to HTML Email. We made an HTML Email format, integrated it with iContact's MessageBuilder interface, and tested it with the most important Email clients to make sure the maximum number of subscribers would be able to to see it as intended.

> Results.

The newsletter is in its 6th month (as of July 2007) and looking great. They even have an RSS feed that users can subscribe to if they don't want to recieve the Email version.

Viatran Online Portfolio Tool

Online Portfolio Tool - Viatran

Customer Site: viatraninc.com

> What they needed.

A modern web application to display new designs to clients.

> What we did.

We interviewed the client and helped them develop a specification for a web application that would meet their needs and the needs of their customers.

We went from specification to go live in under two months, delivering a finished and well-tested application that met the specification.

> Results.

The application went live in late June, 2006, and customers use it to show interest in new product designs.

Utilikilts Intranet - Employee Policy

Customized Intranet - Utilikilts

Customer Site: utilikilts.com

> What they needed.

This Seattle-based kilt maker was suffering from a serious communication breakdown. The company has been growing fast, and even long-time employees had started to feel out of the loop. What they needed was an easy way to broadcast important info and to discuss business changes and opportunities with the employees who helped make the company great. In other words, they needed their own little online community.

> What we did.

The Roboticats went to the Utilikilts' showroom and production house and conducted a few friendly interviews with staff. We found out what kinds of information they wanted to share across the company, asked about budget and time requirements and went to work finding a way to use web technology to bring this tight company closer together.

In the end, we were able to solve their problem with an inexpensive installation of the excellent open-source bulletin board tool Drupal. And, of course, we customized the tool to fit Utilikilts particular needs and identity.

> Results.

In this case, we think it's best to let the customers speak for themselves:

'I often use the search function (to find sizing charts, availbility, etc) when talking to customers or taking an order. I LOVE that I can post notes on the intranet and not send them to everyone's email. I think it's a great place to put customer requests--even nonchalant ones--so that production has an idea of what we're seeing/hearing from our customers.'

- Jenneviere, Utilikilts Sales Floor Manager

SJCC - List Transaction Types

Custom Registration System - SJCC

Customer Site: sjcc.org

> What they needed.

Seattle's Jewish Community Center offers a wide array of educational and fitness related programs to their members. After months of struggling with a broken system of online registration, they needed something that worked, and they needed it by their next registration period.

> What we did.

We interviewed staff to find out what needed to be stored about their programs and displayed to customers. We also found out that they had many specialized needs, like the ability to restrict registration for programs by the member's birth date or membership type. We designed, built, and brought live a large custom Content Management System and integrated it with their existing public website in under 3 months.

> Results

Our system allows SJCC members to sign up and pay for over 2,000 programs a year. When the SJCC wanted new custom features like printable rosters for teachers, redeemable on line discount coupons, and financial reports, we were happy to add them as their budget and schedule allowed.

Carol Lambert Arts - Image Detail

Web Art Gallery - Carol Lambert Arts

Customer Site: carollambertarts.com

> What they needed.

Carol Lambert is a fine artist and clinical psychologist living in Alaska. When Carol decided to make the jump to presenting her work online, she wanted to do it right. She wanted quality digital versions of her work, and wanted a website that was focused on her astounding paintings and drawings.

> What we did.

We created a clean visual style for her website that focused on the art. Carol preferred that we manage her artwork and content as a service, so we wrote a simple and streamlined tool that makes it easy for us to quickly change and edit images and information about them.

Later, when she decided she would like to be able to add news items to the site herself, we set her up with an easy-to-use weblog tool and integrated it into the look and feel of her site.

> Results

'Roboticat worked closely with me to design and launch a site which reflects my purist approach to visual arts. They offered many useful technical options, and have provided editing tools with which I keep the site up to date. Now I can present an elegant gallery of my work to interested buyers and retailers. My site invariably makes a good impression. It is a wonderful marketing tool.'

- Carol Lambert, Artist

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SJCS Welcome Screen

Feature-Rich Website - Seattle Jewish Community School

Customer Site: sjcs.net

> What they needed.

SJCS — a small, but highly respected Jewish day school — had grown well beyond its first website, and needed a more professional redesign. They had a variety of special needs from a secure "parents only" area to the ability to accept donations online to a dynamic photo gallery.

> What we did.

We interviewed staff to find out the direction of the site and wether we would need any specific website tools. Then we designed a friendly, easily scalable site and wrote a simple set of web tools to allow SJCS staff to easily change site photos and content.

> Results

The SJCS site looks fresh and lively. Photos and text on the site are easy to update, and SJCS uses the site to promote special events. All areas of the site are easy to access, and the site has become a great resource for parents and staff to find needed forms and detailed information about the school.

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Web Branding and Content Design

Create Web Presences

Many times customers don't need a complicated web project, they just need a website. They have a consumer's familiarity with the web, but have no branding, and mainly want us to set up a well designed site that would serve their needs.

We help clients develop visual branding, or help them bring their existing branding to the web. We find out what information the website needs to have and help them come up with an intelligent structure to hold it all.

Here are some examples of sites we created from the ground up:

Infusion Massage & Wellness

http://infusionmassage.com/

Carol Lambert Arts

http://carollambertarts.com

BobTales

http://bobtales.com

Seattle Jewish Community School

http://sjcs.net

Plus...

A handful of sites that we're looking forward to showing you as soon as they launch.

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Web Technical Consultation

SJCC - Administering Remote Data

Raiser's Edge Integration - SJCC

Customer Site: sjcc.org

> What they needed.

With a such a wide range of users relying on their site, the SJCC needed to restrict their web registration system by age and membership type.

> What we did.

We worked with their IT staff to come up with a secure and reliable way for our web application to talk to their Raiser's Edge database. When a member creates a new account, our web application asks a question of the database and imports the information for registration. If the system is off line, we use a snap shot of the database from a previous day. Every time they log in, the system checks to see if any information has changed and automatically updates it.

> Results

The SJCC's age restriction setup works without a hitch. Now the center can easily set who is--and who isn't-- allowed to sign up for any given course, greatly cutting down on the amount of staff time spent vetting registrations.

Extending Existing Web Programs

Security Review and Hardening - Utilikilts

Customer Site: utilikilts.com

> What they needed.

Utilikilts had a large collection of web pages and web applications all maintained by different vendors. They asked us to review and tighten security on a few important applications, and on their entire website.

> What we did.

We did research on all web applications, and provided a demonstration of a few minor security holes, along with a set of recommendations about how to harden security across the site.

> How it worked.

Easily patched security problems have been fixed, and the organization is taking steps towards our long-term security plan.

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