Viva Vienna — 4 Days in the Austrian Capital

When my mom was young, her parents worked for the US State Department. As a result, she spent most of her childhood traveling from one country to the next, instilling in her a love for travel and adventure that she still has to this day. A few years ago she mentioned wanting to take a vacation with the family to one of her favorite cities that she lived in growing up: Vienna, Austria. Unfortunately it was too expensive for the whole family to travel across the world and too hard to fit into everyone’s schedules, so we never got to go on that vacation. The idea stayed in my head however, and now that I have the means to travel on my own I decided to take a Vienna vacation for myself.

On Friday, December 2, I boarded a plane from Dulles to Vienna knowing absolutely no German and having booked nothing but a (very nice, very well researched) hotel room near the city’s Museumsquartier. I didn’t really have any plans whatsoever. I hadn’t picked out any sites I wanted to see (except a single museum), and I knew almost nothing about the city itself. All

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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.

…the bulk of the hiring work is done by a single, overworked employee named Cam.

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

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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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