EAI Hacks 2016 – HirePower

Put your faith in a HirePower

Early in October EAI hosted a hackathon. People split off into teams to work on completely new projects for four days and see what we could build. We built a lot of cool things, including a button to alert the office when lunch has arrived and an app to help musicians find other musicians to work with. I worked on an app that was affectionately dubbed HirePower.

In the past couple months we’ve struggled to effectively find and screen suitable candidates for design and development jobs here at EAI. We’re a pretty small company, and the bulk of the hiring work is done by a single, overworked employee named Cam. In order to make our hiring process a little smoother (and Cam’s life a little less stressful), we decided to create an application that would not only allow candidates to apply for jobs with us, but would also collect all of the information we have about a candidate and provide a platform for rating that candidate on a variety of criteria.

The dossier

Central to the usefulness of HirePower is the Dossier — a single page where an interviewer can find

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Booz Allen Hamilton 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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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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