what we can do for you
We design, build, and ship products for businesses around the world. Here’s how.
Product Consulting & UX Design
Great products start with the user. Whether you need two weeks of product consulting or just some extra insight spread throughout the project, we’re always working to help you ship something simple, effective, and usable.
Everybody on our team cares about user experience. Whether we’re performing interviews and producing formal plans, sketching quick wireframes, or evolving an existing app to improve the UX, we’re always considering how we can improve the experience.
Sample wireframes from a recent project.
iPhone & iPad Development
iOS users expect their apps to be built right. We pride ourselves on building apps that are smooth, polished, and easy to use. Said Anne Forkutza of our client iQmetrix: “I have never met a group of developers who cared so much about the user experience.”
We’ve built everything from photo apps to ticketing systems, 3D visualizations to form engines, retail apps to music apps. The problem is always different, but the approach is always thoughtful design and iteration.
Visual & User Interface Design
We craft every pixel of our products. Sometimes that just means matching the iOS or Android look and feel so users feel at home. Other times, that means a beautiful custom UI to knock people’s socks off.
At the minimum, apps need a fetching icon and and App Store screenshots that represent them well. Often, they also need various icons, buttons, controls, a landing site for the app – even an entire brand. Whatever gaps there are in your product’s visual language, we’re here to fill them.
The WeddingDJ UI and app icons we’ve designed.
Android apps don’t need to be awkward. We take the same care and attention to detail we spend on iOS to Android as well. Our Map of the Internet app, for example, shines on Android, and has been featured by CNN, Popular Science, and Fast Company.
Most businesses working on mobile apps will have questions about what platforms to support and, especially when it comes to Android, what devices to support of the thousands out there. We understand the market and the tradeoffs, and provide consulting on what approach makes sense for their business.
Bluetooth hardware companies need reliable apps. Since we focus on high-quality mobile software, many of our clients are businesses building high-quality mobile hardware. We've shipped enough apps for medical hardware, lighting applications, and other Bluetooth-enabled products that we built our own open source framework, Bluejay, for building reliable Bluetooth apps.
Photo, Audio, & Video
We build media apps the right way. We’re constantly buildings apps that share, play, and capture media. In particular, we know all the the APIs and tricks necessary to make for polished audio and video products, including real-time chat.
While native tools have long been the best way to ship polished photo and media apps, new technologies like Swift and WebRTC have continued to raise the bar in this category.
Web Apps & APIs
All apps need a web presence. Whether it’s a simple landing page, a mobile web version of your app, or an admin panel for desktop users, your app will need to be accessible via web browsers.
Almost every app needs an API as well. Some of our clients have talented server teams that can stand up a robust RESTful API, but need help on the mobile development side. For other clients, we build the API ourselves, using simple prototyping or modern Node.js frameworks.
3D & High Performance
We like hard problems. Our experience with 3D, OpenGL, C++, and performance-intensive apps make us unusually suited to solving hard problems in mobile. We love building apps that have a 3D component, like our Map of the Internet project. We’re adept and blending OpenGL graphics and native UI into beautiful cross-platform mobile apps.
High performance doesn’t just mean 3D of course. A great mobile user experience means smooth scrolling at 60 frames per second, which sometimes means serious performance analysis and tuning.