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Rand Burrus, of RANDM, approached ERA404 in 2001 to design his vision for the Target Holiday Boat. ERA404 worked on all onsite design work for the USS Target and its adjoining three tents. The event included a display of 92 of the retailer’s hottest products for the holiday season, a redemption center, Internet ordering stations, gift-wrapping, refreshments, and Santa Claus himself, decked head to toe in a Target-dotted suit.
“It is a great benefit to be able to show a client exactly what you have in mind for a project. With my latest project, the comment I heard most often was…‘It looks exactly like the renderings. This is unbelievable!”
Rand Burrus, President
Luthin Associates hired ERA404 to strategize, design, and develop their web presence to better represent their firm as leaders in the energy management services industry. The revamped site re-organizes their content so existing and prospective customers can better understand their expertise and learn more about their services through case studies, blog entries, social media, and marketing materials.
Hayden Industrial has grown from providing high performance heat exchangers to managing a team of craftsmen and professionals across a dozen work sites. They hired ERA404 to perform strategy, design, and development on a system to manage the activity of their workcenters, employees, projects, and jobs.
The resulting application was designed for touch-screen interfaces with quick access to features, maximum usage of available real estate, and an intuitive, tailored experience for each level of their growing workforce. Advanced reporting options integrate with a number of Hayden’s pre-existing systems to perform seamless operations.
Third Day approached ERA404 about designing the user interface and user experience for their conceptual application, Koomol.
Koomol (from ‘cumulus’) is a single portal that indexes files from all connected virtual storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.) and organizes them into one intuitively searchable interface. It solves the problem of trying to locate, organize, protect, and share personal documents that could be spread over a variety of internet services.
The challenge for the interface design was not only the organization of files (and groups of files, called ‘Koomolations’) across multiple cloud-storage services, but also how to indicate what was new, tagged, shared, and changed, each time the user logs in.
The resulting design grew to include two views (a list view, and a Pinboard-style grid view), with a notifications pane, an “explode” view to peek inside groups of files, and a host of searching, sorting, and filtering options to simplify asset maintenance.
The slogan for Matrix Destination is “Imagine All You Can Be,” and the event producers at LDJ Productions began the design for the multi-segmented educational event by imagining everything. One segment was born after a visit to Africa and witnessing the awe-inspiring phenomenon called “murmuration,” where massive flocks of birds fill the skies in a seemingly choreographed dance.
Producer David Steinberg approached ERA404 to animate what would become three synchronized high-definition videos—spanning three giant screens. The animation was accompanied by live orchestral musicians and ran as the backdrop for runway fashion show. The 5+ minute piece was rendered at C2IT in Kansas City and ultimately became one of the highlights of the 3-day event.