Threatbase

A More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

In 2014 we got the opportunity to work on a new cybersecurity product with the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton. The application was designed to allow analysts at Booz to track hackers, attack types, etc. in order to create Reports that would then be shared with customers.

Threatbase is a suite of powerful tools, each of which came with its own exciting design challenges and solutions, but this article is primarily focused on the User Dashboard and individual Reports pages. This is because I personally found these pages to allowed the most room for innovation and design thinking.

Designing for Legibility

The analysts at Booz needed to be able to easily search a wide variety of information about cyber threats around the world, but for the end customer the Reports themselves were the most important things in the application by far. With this fact in mind, we decided to take a very type-centric approach to the Reports, knowing that they needed to be extremely legible and inviting to encourage people to actually read the sometimes dry information contained within. We drew inspiration primarily from blogging platforms like Medium and from contemporary news

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AARP Innovation Ideas

Innovating Innovation

First Innovation Ideas Mobile MockupAt EAI Technologies, we’re usually brought on to solve problems for a client: an aging website, a cumbersome workflow, or helping the client move into a sector they may not be as familiar with. In the case of AARP’s Innovation Ideas app, we had the unique opportunity to help AARP as an organization solve the problems it faces by leveraging the imagination and intuition of each of its almost 2,000 employees.

As part of a greater push to involve all of AARP’s employees in the organization’s progress, we were asked to create a mobile application that would allow people to submit and vote on innovative new ideas.

The application had to allow people to quickly submit your ideas (having a “lightbulb moment” in the shower was a frequently mentioned use case), it had to allow people to vote on others’ ideas, and it had to feature a leaderboard where you can see the top-rated ideas each week.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks

Innovation Ideas Final iPhone AppThe innovation group at AARP had been working on a certain amount of branding (colors, fonts, etc.) and we were given access to those resources early on. We put together these

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Johnson & Co: A Case Study

Check out the completed Johnson & Co. site here!

A Change of Pace

As much as I love the challenges and opportunities of working on client work, sometimes it’s nice to take a break and work on a piece of design simply for the sake of it. In my spare time I like to try my hand at types of work that I don’t get much exposure to in the regular course of my job. I was inspired by clothing sites I frequent like End Clothing and Need Supply to create an e-commerce site for a fictional online-only clothing retailer which I christened Johnson & Co.

Feelin’ Sassy

Sketch PhotographTypically at work we use Bootstrap with LESS, so I decided to try something different on this project: chief competitors Foundation and Sass. The distinction doesn’t make any difference in the final product, but I wanted to try out a new workflow and become familiar with some different technologies. Using Yeoman’s Foundation generator made setting up a barebones Foundation/Sass project a walk in the park.

Design Choices

As I mentioned earlier, I took a lot of inspiration from upscale menswear retailers like End Clothing and Need Supply

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We'll Do It Live

Well, it's done.

After spending the better part of a day fiddling about with things I have no business meddling in, my new website is finally live. There are still a few kinks here and there to be worked out, but now I finally have a stable platform from which to shout at the uncaring masses.

My primary use for this website right now is to post highly educational blog posts like this one. This is primarily a way for me to express myself, work on my writing, and keep a log of new things I run into that I enjoy or otherwise would like to remember. It's sort of like a public journal.

I'll be posting nifty CSS snippets, chronicling my progress learning Javascript, and keeping track of design trends that have caught my eye. In addition, however, I'll be posting things that generally interest me and which may or may not have any relevance at all to the bulk of the content of this blog.

So here we are! It's not exactly January 1st, but here's to a long year of great, high-quality non-content. Brought to you, right here, by me. Enjoy.

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