Quick Hits

2010–2014

It’s been a great pleasure to help our clients — from early-stage start-ups to mature tech companies — with their design and development needs. In addition, we’ve concepted and built a few of our own products. Here’s a selection we’re particularly fond of.

DataFox

Our friends at the Google Ventures Design Studio introduced us to one of their portfolio companies, DataFox, a data analysis company. GV design partner John Zeratsky had been working with founders Mike Dorsey and Bastiaan Janmaat to help them with a homepage design. We worked closely with Dorsey and Janmaat to deliver just that.

CloudOn

CloudOn was a platform for bring-your-own documents, permitting multiple formats, devices and storage systems to come together. Uniting with Milind Gadekar, Haris Ikram, Tracy Kraft and Jay Zaveri was a smooth, harmonious experience. We married their brand and product with a contemporary website, taking the experience from desktop to tablet to smartphone. CloudOn joined Dropbox in early 2015.

Intercom

We worked with founders Eoghan McCabe and Des Treynor in 2013 to deliver a website for Intercom, a service that allows businesses to connect with their customers personally. The site was redesigned in mid-2014.

Panjiva

From 2009–2013, we designed, developed, refined and steered Panjiva’s user interface and user experience for their flagship product. Panjiva is a website that allows buyers and sellers worldwide to connect and do business across borders.

Lost World’s Fairs

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 Beta in September of 2010 and held an online and in-person exhibition in San Francisco. Under the Beauty of the Web banner, the exhibition featured the best that the web had to offer from studios and creatives across the country. Jason Santa Maria pulled together Frank Chimero and Naz Hamid to explore typographic possibilities on the web, with the power trio Paravel doing development. Working together with Nishant Kothary at Microsoft, we created the concept of Lost World’s Fairs that never were as interactive broadsheets. Naz designed the 1924 El Dorado World’s Fair broadsheet for the lost city of gold.

Lookout

From 2010–2012, we worked closely with premier mobile security company Lookout to redesign their identity, brand and website. We created a messaging platform, a visual vocabulary and flexible development for the company to grow into. In 2013, the identity was evolved, and the site was redesigned.

Virb

In 2010, Virb — formerly known as a social network and platform — refocused its mission: to help people build elegantly simple websites using what would become the new Virb. With the move to a new working model, Virb approached us to handle a reconfigured brand and new identity, as well as to help with some features copywriting. Read more about the introduction of the identity.

Shifticons

Shifticons was a custom icon webfont service and web application built by The Weightshift Workshop, the product arm of Weightshift. We designed and built the service to accommodate the need for designer-created, resolution-independent icon webfonts.

Interhoods

It started with a simple question: How do we find other designers and developers in the city we live in, perhaps even in our own neighborhoods? Interhoods merged these two groups together. Designed to be an extension of existing social networks that target the design and development community, we built the site to further serve this audience. With the maps and neighborhood listings, users could see who their neighbors were, potentially inciting collaboration. In fact, users treated it as a makeshift job board to find talent. Though Interhoods has shuttered, it lives on in an evolved form in Scott Robbin’s Open Chicago.

SitBy.Us

Originally created by us as a tool for keeping track of friends at the interactive segment of the superconference South by Southwest, SitBy.Us served as a social scheduling and calendar web app for conferences and events. It was used by Mozilla for their Mozilla 10 Conference, unofficially for Lollapalooza in Chicago, as well as for two years of the Typecon conference.

The Personal Page

The Personal Page is a free, open-source, simple one-page template that allows you to build a quick and mobile-friendly personable website. It’s an easy way to aggregate your activity and introduce yourself to the world, online. The code has been used, forked, modified many times over and is available via GitHub. Get it for yourself today!

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