Category Archives: UX

New Design Work for Harland Clarke

Harland Clarke logoGenerally, when our clients ask us to help launch new websites or applications, we take on Boyle Software’s “expected tasks” like site hosting, back-end database integration, front-end development, and other things related to standard development responsibilities. But did you know that we also offer a full range of design and product management services too? Recently we’ve been providing this type of support for several new sites in partnership with our client Harland Clarke.

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Bots-R-Us!

Chatbots: a new paradigm?

Bots-R-Us!It was desktop applications on PCs in the ’80’s, websites in the ’90’s, native mobile apps in the ’00’s. Will it be chatbots (aka ‘bots’) in this decade ?

Many would agree that instant messaging has become a big part of our online lives in the last couple of years .. especially with services like Skype, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Whatsapp, Viber, Telegram and Slack (for us techies). Now, with the advent of chatbots, pretty soon (if not already) instant messaging is likely to get a whole lot bigger and better.

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Design Wars: Man vs. Machine

"Design Machines" by Travis GertzWe spend lots of our time working with clients on the design – and redesign – of their websites, so reading the thought-piece “Design Machines” by Travis Gertz definitely touched some familiar and raw nerves.

Gertz insightfully skewers and calls-on-the-carpet many of the assumptions we designers make with regards to the websites we deliver to those humans that we dismissively call “users.” Among the sacred cows he deftly questions: our addiction to analytics and “data-driven” design decisions; the wall between UX and UI design; the neutered and generic platforms we increasingly turn to to deliver our content (he’s talking to you, Squarespace and The Grid!).

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Periscope up!

PeriscopeHard on the heels of Facebook’s popular Meerkat, here comes Twitter’s Periscope to really ramp up the streaming video wars. Periscope was purchased by Twitter a couple of weeks back – and launched just yesterday! Early adopting reviewers are falling all over themselves praising the out-of-the-gate features Periscope offers over Meerkat: live stream videos can be saved and viewed later; optional GPS and physical positioning of the broadcaster can be included with any stream; the interface is more friendly; “private broadcasts” allow only a select audience to view a stream.

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Going mobile with TeachRock.org

Teachrock website mobileWhether you are looking for in-depth information about The Birth of the Electric Guitar, The Roots of Country Rock or the Divergent Paths of Gangsta Rap and Conscious HipHop, or if you are simply seeking some terrific entertainment for an idle hour – Rock and Roll: An American Story is a fabulous online educational resource offering free access to news articles, rock artist bio pages, and rare photos and videos.

Launched in the Fall of 2013, TeachRock.org is a standards-aligned curriculum for grades 6-12 that teaches American social history through the story of American popular music: Jazz, R&B, rock and roll, soul, punk, even including today’s hip hop. And as of now the website is also responsive!

The original site was primarily desktop-centric but The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation realized that a growing portion of its traffic was coming from mobile and tablet devices. They did not want to completely redesign the site but turned to Boyle Software to adapt the existing site, making it responsive. We kept the page layout for desktop as is and used CSS magic to make it look beautiful on mobile devices as well. At the same time, the homepage was modified to highlight more of their amazing content and a new Curriculum page was added to help both teachers and students navigate the curriculum more easily.  For those about to (responsively) rock, we salute you!

Sandbox for financial technology

FinTech Sandbox

Our latest Drupal 7 project, FinTech Sandbox launched last month. Currently in beta the full public launch is planned to happen by end of March (the party date is already set!).

We worked closely with the client – a nonprofit organization based in Boston that helps FinTech startups around the globe to build applications – to create a shiny new site from the ground up.

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Making year-end giving easy

New York University torch logoIn recent weeks, we were very happy to lend UX and coding expertise to New York University in order to streamline the design of their online “Give Now” form.

Year-end donations are a big part of any University’s annual fund-raising campaign. In order to maximize NYU’s push for last-minute 2014 gifts, we worked closely with the school’s Development and Alumni Relations group to pare-down and simplify their online donations form, making it easy for alumni and others to give targeted gifts to the fund of their preference.

NYU's Give Now form

We are always happy to help our clients make things easier!

Supporting NYU

NYU logoBoyle Software is proud to continue a long tradition of work for New York University.

We did our first work for NYU over ten years ago; and last year we expanded the relationship and started migrating various schools and departments to the University’s implementation of the Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) content management system.

Last month we started designing and developing new, custom functionality for NYU, including coding new AEM components. In addition to CMS work, we continue to assist several NYU departments with UX design as well as a broad mix of front- and back-end coding.

A school as large, global and diverse as NYU will always have new technology challenges; and we’re thrilled to play a part in crafting smart solutions for them.

If you missed it, please check out this blog piece about Uwe Kristen’s discussion of responsive design, given a couple of months ago at NYU.