Sparkbox Side Project
Dayton Clean Coders WebsiteSee it in action
The Dayton Clean Coders mantra is, "Exploring patterns, practices, and tools for sustainable code." The Sparkbox way of doing things says, "Why not do all of that in style?" As part of our support for this meetup, we designed and developed daytoncleancoders.com — a beautifully responsive site to serve as a hub for Dayton's finest developers.
Sparkbox Side Project
GemCityJSSee it in action
Tunnel Vision Laboratories
Tunnel Vision Labs WebsiteSee it in action
Sam Harwell is Owner and Lead Developer of Tunnel Vision Labs, a development shop that focuses on one thing — and they do it really, really well. Tunnel Vision builds integrated development environments for proprietary and emerging development languages. In other words, they develop tools for developers, and they do it really well and really efficiently. Sam came to us to build an efficient and fluid website, and he needed it on a deadline. The result is a site that is as clean, beautiful, and durable as Tunnel Vision's code. Check it out. And if you're looking for some custom IDE work, give Sam a call.
The College of Mount St. Joseph
MSJ.edu WebsiteSee it in action
The College of Mount St. Joseph has the distinction of having one of the first fully responsive collegiate websites in the country, and we had a great time doing it. They came to us with the opportunity to rework the nearly 1,600-page site, top-to-bottom, including planning, content strategy, design, and new CMS. After a complete rework of site audience, goals, and architecture, the original site's page volume was reduced, reprioritized, and restructured. We had a unique opportunity to create navigation that would accommodate a site that, though smaller in size than when we started, was still vast. The result? Check it out for yourselves. And should you or your kids decide to apply with the good folks in admissions, tell them Sparkbox sent you (they promised us a tasty discount in their dining hall).
Stry.us Long-form News WebsiteSee it in action
Working with Stry on a ground-up brand and website overhaul was one of those rare occasions where the client hands over near complete creative control. The direction from Stry founder, Dan Oshinsky, was pretty much, "Make the most beautiful news website ever made." Stop by Stry.us for a look around. Be sure to set aside some time, however, because even if the beautiful, responsive design eventually loses your attention, the rich long-form articles will keep you there for hours.
Dayton Power & Light
DP&L Website & Responsive RetrofitSee it in action
Dayton Power & Light came to Sparkbox to rebuild their website, and do it right. They were looking for a firm that could not only make it look better, but that had the technical expertise to make it secure and more user-friendly. The commitment with which DP&L approached the process made this a successful project. From research, information architecture, and wireframes through design, development, and security audits, the DP&L team was a great partner.
The project was such a success that, over a year later, we were able to provide a responsive retrofit for the site. A feat made possible because of the original solid site architecture, markup, and a great working relationship with DP&L.
White Lotus Aromatics
White Lotus Aromatics WebsiteSee it in action
White Lotus Aromatics knew that the future of their e-commerce business would rely heavily on mobile customers. In order to meet that demand and prepare for the next phase of their business, White Lotus engaged with Sparkbox to create a fully responsive e-commerce site. We're proud of the elegant design and the flexible layout. White Lotus customers are rather impressed with the new look and feel, also.
University System of Maine
Think.Maine Campaign WebsiteSee it in action
While working on the Think.Maine campaign for the University System of Maine, their marketing partner, Mindpower, reached out to Sparkbox to develop a website that was as forward-thinking as the proud people of Maine. The website is responsive, allowing for every Mainer—as well as the rest of the country—to access the encouraging content, regardless of web browsing device. The people of Maine are looking toward a brighter future, and we are proud to have played our part.
DPL Energy Resources
DPL Energy WebsiteSee it in action
DPL Energy Resources is a competitive retail supplier of electricity and is wholly owned by DPL Inc. The company approached Sparkbox to help design a new site in record time. Never one to back down from a challenge, we agreed and got started immediately, working after-hours for most of the project. It's only because of our extremely detailed project managers and experience working together that we were able to meet the deadline. Shortly after launch, the statistics on the site showed significant improvements in every area including unique views, time on site, bounce rates, and pages per visit. While we certainly don't chose to work on deadlines this short, it is great to know that our team can meet the challenge if necessary.
Homefull WebsiteSee it in action
The website we created for Homefull was part of our FORGE Your Dot Org 2010 program. The site needed to carry their new identity to the web and provide a place for individuals to learn about and contribute to the Homefull vision: to eradicate homelessness in Dayton. It includes a full content management system based on the popular open source platform, WordPress, with the ability to accept donations and (eventually) sell products. We wanted to clearly communicate the homelessness problem and explain how Homefull helps because we wholeheartedly believe in their mission and want them to keep improving people's lives.
Panstoria WebsiteSee it in action
The guys at Panstoria have been great clients and great friends. After their company rebranded in 2009, we helped with a new set of icons for their Artisan software and most recently, redesigned their corporate website, www.panstoria.com. This was a two-phase project the first of which launched a small, fairly static site with a fully-functional content management system integrated. This phase provided basic content about their organization and their flagship product as well as recruiting beta-testers for that product. The second phase is a customized e-commerce section of the site which ties into their back-end for product licensing and key generation. This phase extended the first with the addition of an integrated shopping cart and the flexibility to add more products as they are developed.
Dayton Power & Light
DP&L Outage MapSee it in action
After a successful launch of the Dayton Power & Light corporate website, DP&L enlisted Sparkbox to help communicate outage information to their customers. This required us to work with DP&L engineers to interface with their Outage Reporting System and display the data in an easy-to-understand format. The resulting outage map complements the design of their new website, was built with web standards, and provides an accessible view of the underlying data.
Dayton Power & Light
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