You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles…
— Miracle Max, The Princess Bride
We use this quote quite a bit here at the studio as we work with clients to set realistic schedules, deadlines and launch dates. And after the disastrous launch of the Affordable Health Care Act / Obamacare website, this quote seems to be quite prophetic indeed.
A combination of poor back-end design, missed deadlines on *both* sides, an unmovable launch date and a head-scratching lack of QA/QC (load testing, anyone?) combined to to create a frightening use case of how NOT to launch a website.
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6th Annual Spooky Bean Halloween
Zombies and ghouls once again invaded the grounds of Bean Creative as our annual haunted graveyard left kids and adults alike shrieking with terror and begging for more!
Bean staffers, family and friends came together to put on the horror-fest to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (and in the process, helped put our 10-year fundraising efforts for LLS at over $100k)!
Projects in the Pipeline
Early Childhood apps for K12’s EmbarK¹² Online preschool initiative
K12 has tapped Bean’s talented app designers to create two early childhood apps based on K12’s online kindergarten readiness program. The new apps will extend the program’s reach from the browser to mobile devices.
EmbarK¹² Online offers preschool games and activities using seamless navigation that a young child can easily enjoy on his or her own.
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PBS Kids apps for Microsoft Surface
Bean continues it’s long relationship with PBS Kids to create apps for Microsoft’s Surface tablet. Our recently launched Wild Kratt’s Creature Power app for iOS and Android is up first, followed by our highly successful SUPER WHY! app. We are very excited to bring these two fantastic apps to another platform!
Fresh, free interactive ideas served up daily
Enjoy a few recent tweets from @BeanCreative on the latest in usability, online membership tactics, gaming, mobile content delivery, educational studies, brilliant online marketing, social networking trends and cool new technologies:
- Great infogpx from @CommonSense on kids’ media use in 2013. Mobile device use for kids < age 2 jumped from 10% -> 40%
- Delivering truly responsive images is a HUGE hurdle in making a well-crafted responsive site. Here’s how to do it.
- New teaching: Kids given computers taught themselves everything from DNA to lang w/o instruction #edtech #musetech
We take amazing clients to even greater heights. Please keep in touch and let us know how we can help you on YOUR mission to engage and entertain with interactive technology!