A Web App
Initial mockups were created between other client projects. The project was then shelved for a bit while other client work began. Later on, after the developers ported the database to a more contemporary format, I began the task of creating the client-facing interface directly in HTML and CSS.
The web app relies on the Ruby on Rails framework to handle all back end tasks and uses the built-in templating to dynamically create each view. I improved these default templates to fit the design goal: a somewhat responsive layout with an efficient, attractive design that didn’t sacrifice utility or existing user knowledge for the sake of aesthetics or technophilia.
Twitter Bootstrap was employed as a base styling layer to provide for a quick design and development process. Since software would be used mainly in the client’s office we were able to recommend and design for Google’s Chrome browser to provide the best user experience. The somewhat responsive design would allow for the app to also be used on an iPad, a secondary client requirement.