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    UX Study – Usability Consulting for a Local Education Software Company

    July 15th, 2010 | | | |

    Usability StudyTeachTown, a company that produces educational software for children with Autism, leveraged our usability expertise to streamline their application. The main focus was on making the application easier to use for the facilitators to understand how to best use it to help their children.

    We interviewed the company and analyzed their software for big picture improvements as well as low hanging fruit.  Our study yielded 66 recommendations and 11 pages of overall UX improvements. The following is a quick excerpt:

    RECOMMENDATION 46: Create a PDF styled icon next to the Recommended Off Computer Lessons (replacing the blue circle butterfly) to demonstrate this is a downloadable PDF (see other PDF download sites). [High Impact, Easy Difficulty]

    From Wireframes to Design Candidate

    February 16th, 2010 | | | |

    The TeachFirst design project was cancelled mid-project but we thought we would share the design process as it shows how we work with our clients, through several reviews to produce a design that is both high quality as well as fits the unique look the client is looking for. Note: the review starts at the bottom of the page.

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    View the first leg of the design process »

    Seattle Startup, Value Appeal, Launches

    July 1st, 2009 | | | | | | | | |

    Our Lead Technologist, Matt Willis, has partnered up with Charlie Walsh to help found ValueAppeal. A site that helps home owners evaluate and challenge their property taxes.web-development-va-home

    Property taxes are expensive, and with the fall in housing prices across the nation, your taxes are more likely than ever to have been assessed unfairly in relation to other homes in your area. startup-architecture-va-resultsThat can add up to hundreds and thousands of dollars in overpayment each year–and the problem is, most people won’t see a refund unless they speak up.

    We architected a service that allows people to simply enter their address and we analyze and make a suggested evaluation on a fair tax evaluation.

    If the user chooses to move on there is a series of tools they use to select their comparables and create their argument.property-records-va-comps

    The site is developed on the .NET platform and aggregates data from various property data sources into SQL Server where it is compiled and analyzed.

    Check your property today »

    Our New Site – WordPress development, Twitter API

    April 24th, 2009 | | | | | |

    development portfolio

    We are excited to launch our new WordPress based website along with a new SEO marketing effort. We have implemented a series of new features including more information in our portfolio, integration with the Twitter API, a Facebook profile, client quotes, as well as other information.

    We took a look back on the last two years and feel especially blessed to have worked with some amazing clients and some challenging yet very rewarding projects. From brand identity to WordPress development, from SEO campaigns to aggregating MLS and property data, we have played with a wide variety of different web technologies and approaches.

    In addition, in the last month since our new SEO campaign has launched we have seen approximately a 100% improvement in organic search placement. Ask us about the details and how we may be able to help your company improve its exposure as well.

    Save On Your Property Taxes – web development

    March 20th, 2009 | | | | | | | |

    Value Appeal Comparables

    Switch Development and ValueAppeal have partnered up to provide a quick and easy way for home owners to evaluate whether or not their property tax valuations are accurate. We believe homeowners are at a disadvantage when it comes to challenging their property tax valuations. ValueAppeal levels the playing field by providing and analyzing property data so our customers don’t have to.

    The technology searches public records and finds comparable homes to yours that sold for less than your assessment. Then it helps the user define the appropriate information and evidence to submit an appeal. We expect an Alpha release in early May.

    More coming soon…

    Seattle Law Firm Web Redesign

    November 21st, 2008 | | | |

    This local Seattle law firm, Ricci Grube Aita & Breneman, asked us to redesign their website which had fallen a bit out of date. We created a more modern feel for the firm and created an up-to-date partner section so that visitors can learn more about the partners and the services they provide.

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    Visit RGABLaw.com »

    Cirque Building – web design

    November 1st, 2008 | | |

    Cirque Building, a Seattle contractor, asked Switch to help design a web site that they could use to showcase their work and attract new clients. We focused on their high quality craftsmanship and created a look and feel to match.

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    Visit CirqueBuilding.com »

    Drew McKenzie Photography

    September 26th, 2008 | | | | |

    Flash web siteIn dealing with great photography, we feel it is best to let the art speak for itself. We created a very minimal Flash web experience for people to easily browse Drew’s work. In addition, the entire site was developed to run entirely off an XML based CMS system that was custom designed for the site. It allows Drew to easily keep his portfolio up to date.

    Visit DrewMcKenzie.com »

    Vera Fitness: a personal training studio designed for women

    May 15th, 2008 | | | | | | | |

    Seattle fitness web designVera Fitness, a Seattle based women’s fitness clinic, approached Switch Development needing a website that was true to their brand, that engaged their potential clients and that provided users with the ability to create appointments online.  We researched the available CMS systems and tools for scheduling but determined that a custom solution would be more affordable and cater better to their business. 

    community photosUsing .NET and SQL Server we created a custom scheduling and client management tool which, after a few phases over the last few months, now provides Vera Fitness trainers the ability to engage their clients, access their progress and keep record of goals and performance.

    In addition we integrated the site with Flickr.com and created a custom blog so that Vera clients can stay in touch with each other.

    Visit VeraFitness.com »

    DreamClinic – Drupal development

    May 10th, 2008 | | | | | | | |

    Drupal web site

    The DreamClinic team needed a web solution that would allow them to make regular updates and manage the content of the site after it was launched. We implemented Drupal which provided a series of CMS tools that will allow them to blog, setup new areas of the site and maintain the content.

    In addition DreamClinic had very specific SEO requirements which required a high level of detail in how the content was structured.

    Visit DreamClinic.com »

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