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Elegance in <code>. Elegance in UI. Striving for elegance in all that we do. We provide user-friendly and admin-friendly websites with strong attention to search engine guidelines and modern web standards. see our portfolio »

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Maybe it's the personal service. Or our sound reasoning. It could be our commitment to excellence. Whatever it is, clients keep coming back. We earn business at every meeting, with every decision and with every line of code. And clients seem to like that!

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Bill leads the way in establishing the conditions for a successful project while advocating for better processes. With the support of his staff, client expectations are managed from day one through constant and clear communication. Bill works to keep decisions in alignment with business and user goals.

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We apply technical skill and creative problem solving to develop elegant website solutions. We also offer support to our clients with ongoing marketing and maintenance services customized for each unique business. The success of your project starts with a clear understanding of your needs. Contact Us today to schedule your first meeting or feel free to send us a message with the requirements of your project.

Visit Cherokee, NC

  • Create/Share Itinerary
  • Event Listings
  • Full Screen Homepage
  • CMS Development
  • User Interface Design
  • Responsive

Design by: Element Advertising

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Alltec Global

  • Comprehensive Analysis
  • Architecture Overhaul
  • Full-featured CMS
  • Web Marketing
    Consultation
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Design by: 828:design

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Blue Ridge Music Trails

  • Interactive Map
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  • Event Filtering
  • Full Site Search
  • Responsive Design
  • Media Gallery

Design by: Element Advertising

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ChiLiving, ChiRunning, ChiWalking

  • Multi-Site CMS
  • Many Custom Features
  • 3rd Party Ad Integration
  • Training Programs

Design by: theBATstudio and JuneAllison

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Highland Brewing Co.

  • Events Calendar
  • Blog with Sharing
  • Many Customizations
  • Advanced CMS Features
  • Videos & Photo Gallery
  • Highly Designed

Design by: Jared Ray and Matt Levin

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Blue Ridge Bone and Joint

  • CMS Development
  • UI Design
  • Pervasive Blog
  • DB Driven Content
  • Dynamic Navigation
  • Marketing / Maint.

Design by: Jared Ray

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Tops for Shoes

  • Compare Shoes
  • Browser Style,Color,etc
  • Like on Facebook
  • Create/Share Wishlist
  • CMS Development
  • User Interface Design

Design by: Sharon Harms

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MAHEC

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  • Dynamic CMS
  • Multi-Audience
    Architecture
  • Advanced CMS Features
  • Permission Level Editing

Design by: 828:design

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A-B Tech

  • Homepage Architecture
  • Top Level Rebranding
  • Mobile Version
  • Analysis & Recommendations
  • Section 508
  • Award Winning!

Design by: 828:design

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Blog

Timeline Tool Web App Demo

At PaleoSun, we like to solve problems. Most of the time that energy is directed toward solutions for clients. But, occasionally we get an opportunity to solve a problem of our own.

In the process of managing a project, we make a timeline of expected meetings, milestones, and launch date. Of course, no project ever goes exactly to plan. However, sometimes we have difficulty explaining how things got out of whack. So, we decided to build a tool to help us keep track of the details.

Keep in mind, this is still a work in progress, but we thought we would share what we have. Let’s dive in.

On the first screen you can see two main columns of information. The one on the left is the projected timeline. The one on the right is basically a project journal, a record of actual events over time. In this view it is easy to see which events occur near their original planned date, and which ones are significantly off target.

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The right column also serves as a place to record anything important to the project that wasn’t in the original plan. For example, we’ll record important decisions made in an email conversation. We tend to err on the side of documentation, and we have found these entries helpful in identifying potential scope creep, unrealistic expectations, and other risks to the project. The ability to identify issues early, and communicate them to the team and/or client, was an important goal for this tool.

You will notice that each entry is labelled with type, phase, status, and tags. These are essentially different kinds of categories and tags that help organize the entries. The settings panel contains various sorting and filter options, along with an option to toggle the details of each entry.

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The last part of this tool, located at the bottom of the window, is a horizontal representation of all entries (projected and actual) organized by project phase. The phases for us are pre-contract, discovery, content, design, development, testing, and launch. When the user hovers over this area, it expands for easier viewing. Hovering over any of the entry icons reveals that entry’s title, and clicking will take the user to that entry in the main two-column section. As the user scrolls down the two-column area, a dynamic indicator tracks which entries are in view.

timelineToolPhasesView_500_263 This tool helps our team effectively manage projects. But more importantly, it enables us to easily tell the story of a project for the client, at any time, as it unfolds. By keeping expectations constantly in-line with reality we're able to put more of our efforts into actual UI design, development, and marketing, while reducing the risks associated with scope creep, schedule changes, and overall uncertainty about the state of the project. In short, this tool keeps expectation management at the forefront of our project management process, paving the way for us to focus freely on quality solutions that make us proud.

Posted by Stephen Eggett on Apr 22, 2015