Our Most Recent Articles

2210, 2018

Design Systems, Pattern Libraries, a UX Perspective

By |October 22nd, 2018|Design, Development, Feature, Recent Work, User Experience|

Design Systems, Pattern Libraries, a UX Perspective A well-implemented design system can simplify the user experience of your software by ensuring the individual UI elements come from a single source of truth. In theory, that should help you maintain a level of UX integrity not found anywhere else. Using a design system allows your team to be more efficient during every step of the pipeline. Imagine discussing a new interface with your designers, developers, and stakeholders -- a design system a [...]

1008, 2017

Modernizing Tocris Bioscience with a UX Focus

By |August 10th, 2017|Design, Development, Feature, Recent Work, User Experience|

Modernizing Tocris Bioscience with a UX Focus When I joined Bio-Techne, I was asked to completely redesign one of our subsidiary companies: Tocris Bioscience. Tocris is one of the top reagent manufacturers in the UK. They have a long history in the industry, but Bio-Techne acquired them to improve their European presence. After the dust settled from the acquisition, my team began planning the redesign. Let's start with a quick before/after shot, and then we'll dive into the changes. Slide the ar [...]

2201, 2017

Choosing a Prototyping Tool for Designers

By |January 22nd, 2017|Design, Guides, Recent Work|

Choosing a Prototyping Tool for Designers It seems like the design industry gets a new prototyping tool every month, but there are some obvious front-runners that get the most attention. Does that mean those tools are better than the rest? Does the tool you use actually matter? Note: this article is quite old; newer options are available. We'll write an update soon. In the meantime, check out this site for useful information on prototyping tools. There are many factors that play into the selecti [...]

1201, 2017

Bootstrap 3 User Experience Validation

By |January 12th, 2017|Recent Work, User Experience|

Bootstrap 3 User Experience Validation One of the first projects I tackled while I was at Bio-Techne was validating Bootstrap 3 as a responsive framework from a user experience perspective. I was already very familiar with Bootstrap, but since Bio-Techne wanted to use it as the foundation of their new design framework, I wanted to see if it had any shortcomings that we needed to address during development. As with every framework, it has quirks, so here's a list of things that needed to be bette [...]

608, 2016

We Saved this Business $24,000 a Year

By |August 6th, 2016|Feature, Recent Work|

We started working with Agency Off Record (AOR) in the middle of 2015. They had recently moved into a new office in downtown Denver and were having a hard time being productive with their growing team. Growth is awesome, but it can present technical challenges. Thankfully, we've been able to handle the technical issues so they can focus on their clients. Network administration, phone systems, and file storage - we've helped them manage their technology without adding an IT person to their roster [...]

1005, 2016

Digital Business Strategy – A Client Case Study

By |May 10th, 2016|Feature, Recent Work|

In 2010, I got a call from Tigris Sponsorship & Marketing asking me to help them figure out a better digital business strategy. Tigris handles sponsorship and marketing contracts for some of the largest brands in the nation. They had been in business for a while but needed to streamline their workflows since they were rapidly becoming a digital company. At this point, every record of their business lives on a computer. They needed to make sure everything was secure, accessible by the right p [...]

504, 2016

Google Apps, Website Redesign, and SEO Coaching

By |April 5th, 2016|Recent Work|

Executive Coatings and Contracting is an exterior renovation company based in Denver, Colorado. We've been working with them for several years doing IT support and general hardware maintenance for their Denver office. When it came time for them to upgrade their website and email solution, we were their first and only call. We talked for 30 minutes about their needs and concluded that WordPress and Google Apps were the best choice. We also knew they needed some help with their search engine optim [...]

1803, 2016

LaunchBox Website Design & Business Strategy

By |March 18th, 2016|Feature, Recent Work|

We've been working closely with LaunchBox over the last year. We've had a great relationship providing advice for their software and business strategy. Most recently, we helped with the LaunchBox website design. Their growth has been exciting. As with all our customers, we don't take credit for their success; we're just proud that they trusted us to help them exceed their potential. They've taken their simple computer game launching software and turned it into a powerhouse no gamer should live w [...]

1803, 2016

TrekPak Kit Installation Demo – Audio Production

By |March 18th, 2016|Media Production|

We recently hosted a studio session with TrekPak to record, edit, and mix the audio for their most recent product video. In this TrekPak kit installation demo, they shot the video themselves, but they needed a high-quality voiceover to take it to the next level. We supplied the audio gear, the sound engineer, and offered some helpful input on the script. After about an hour in the studio, we had our initial voiceover. After they showed off the video internally, they came back to the studio for a [...]

403, 2016

Pelican TrekPak Partnership – A Colorado Startup Success

By |March 4th, 2016|Feature, Startups|

I first met Georgia Hoyer in 2009. We were pretty good friends back then and spent a lot of time talking about technology, startups, and what it would be like to create an awesome product. We both started our own companies shortly thereafter. Georgia founded a company called TrekPak and I started a technology company that would eventually transform into Drift Management. We've often bounced ideas off each other over a nice glass of whiskey. We're both partially responsible for the success of the [...]