International Festival of Authors @ Harbourfront Centre

Zeitguys was engaged to build out an entirely new, highly visual website for The Harbourfront Centre’s International Festival of Authors. Being a festival website, the content is timely and highly dynamic – WordPress was a natural fit as the underlying CMS framework.

International Festival of Authors @ Harbourfront centre

Art Director Janice Ivory Smith delivered a keen and compelling visual design that references previous years’ marketing materials while providing a striking look-and-feel that places the events and authors at the forefront.

Event focused

The primary use case for site visitors is locating festival events, so naturally a great amount of time was spent ensuring an intuitive user experience. Researching and locating events to attend becomes a slick affair, leveraging both a highly interactive Event Calendar view and a next-generation textual Search that prioritizes events and authors, and pushes WordPress to its very limits without sacrificing performance.

Zeitguys Event Browser at IFOA.org

The team iterated many times over the UI and feature set of the Event browser, to create an intuitive user experience that accommodates the periodic nature of the Festival’s events. Users can see 5 months at-a-gulp, and can easily locate the high activity periods using the Calendar widget. Complete event listing details are presented on-the page, synced to the Calendar widget display, so there’s no need to click through to read an event’s details.

Cutting-edge Tech Under the Hood

Beneath the hood of the new website hides a wealth of cutting-edge tech developed to support dynamic content while enforcing adherence to the hand-crafted design conventions. On the homepage, author headshots are colourized in real-time to match a predetermined visual pattern, while their “cards” are being asynchronously served up in random order. The administrative user experience is also highly optimized, ensuring that keeping content up-to-date while adhering to the design standards is a seamless process even for novice WordPress users.

ifoa.org mobile

Festival on the go

The mobile experience is a vital consideration for all websites, but a Festival website must especially be responsive given the nature of its target audience. Great care was taken to ensure that the site responded to a wide variety of mobile form factors, and adapts its layout accordingly.

The final result is a memorable web site that delivers dynamic and timely content in a highly visual way.

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TrueFit: the evolution of fitting software

TrueFit™  is Unitron’s next generation fitting software, designed to provide hearing healthcare professionals with precision-fitting capabilities for Unitron hearing instruments and accessories.

Zeitguys was engaged to provide thought leadership, guidance, User Experience (UX) design, User Interface (UI) and visual design assets. We collaborated closely with product management stakeholders, subject matter experts, and the Unitron in-house development team to plan, design and deliver a consistent and carefully-thought-out user experience across the entire application workflow.


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Shouting “It’s Time”

The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) is a bargaining agent representing 12,000 professional and supervisory public servants. AMAPCEO needed a new website, designed to keep its members up-to-date and engaged throughout the process of collective bargaining. Zeitguys was engaged to provide a solid site design and build as well as an assortment of assets which the members could download and use. Despite the quick turnaround (1 month), and a complex site structure, we were still able to inject a high degree of customization to the base WordPress package, with a hand-crafted design for a bold, energetic look-and-feel.

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GliSODin Gets Fresh and Colourful

GliSODin Skin Nutrients is one of the first ingestible skin treatments in the North America that is specially formulated by dermatologists and nutritionists to promote enhanced and longer lasting results from medical aesthetic treatments and beauty programs.

Having teamed up with Zeitguys in the past for their identity, product packaging and website design, it was only natural to re-enlist the Zeitguys team to design the promotional/information cards that would accompany the product in retail spaces. The design requirements were obvious: since all GliSODin products are carefully formulated using various natural ingredients, GliSODin wanted to ensure that each major ingredient be at the forefront of the promo card design, thus allowing the user to quickly identify the primary active ingredient within each formulation.

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Zeitguys helps to “Save Ontario Place”

Ontario Place was officially dedicated to “The People of Ontario – Past, Present and Future.” But on February 1, 2012, the McGuinty government surprised everyone by announcing the closure of most of Ontario Place.

Former Progressive Conservative leader, John Tory, has been named to lead an advisory committee that will recommend what to do with the property. Options already being discussed include condominiums and a casino. The purpose of the Save Ontario Place Website is to promote the campaign to keep Ontario Place open, while future plans are being made and to ensure that Ontario Place remains a public, family-oriented and accessible space for all Ontarians to enjoy. When Zeitguys was approached to help out this cause we were more then happy to lend our services to the design and construction of the WordPress site.

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Zeitguys helps ACHIEVE come into its own

ACHIEVE is an initiative from the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) that operates out of the Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Its mandates is to reduce health inequities through innovative research that supports social change. ACHIEVE fellows conduct research to better understand the linkages between poverty, social exclusion and poor health and they work in partnership with community agencies and decision-makers to evaluate population health interventions to improve health outcomes for inner city populations.

Zeitguys was engaged to design and deploy achieveresearchtraining.ca as a user friendly, easy to edit website aimed at providing information to ACHIEVE fellowship applicants and new researchers. The project deliverables included:

  • Information architecture and UX design
  • Visual design and WordPress theme customization
  • Plugin research, implementation and customization
  • Custom plugin and widget development
  • Project management and testing
  • Documentation and end-user training

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Zeitguys Principal listed in credits for WordPress 3.3

We’re going to boast a little here, but we’re very proud. One of our own principals, Tom Auger, is listed in the credits on the popular blogging and content management software WordPress. Tom has been active in the WordPress open source project, and is one of Canada’s leading WordPress resources. In 2011, Tom spoke at WordCamp Montreal, was active on the WordPress official and unofficial support forums, filed bug reports and contributed patches and code to fix bugs and make enhancements. In 2012, Tom intends to futher solidify Zeitguys’ commitment to the WordPress community and will be involved with the WordPress core team in rolling out new features and enhancements in upcoming versions of the software that will be distributed across 14 million sites worldwide.

Needless to say, Zeitguys is heavily invested in WordPress and any new website we build for clients is automatically upgraded to include the powerful content management features of the WordPress platform that allow our clients to manage their own websites with very little technical training required.

We are committed to the WordPress platform and will continue to give back for free to the community in the aim of improving this versatile and powerful platform for all.

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Zeitguys pushes the WordPress envelope for Healthydebate.ca

Healthydebate.ca home page screenshot

Healthydebate.ca is a vibrant, expertly curated, community-driven website aimed at fomenting active discussions by community leaders, activists, healthcare professionals, and engaged members of the Canadian public. The scope is healthcare in Canada, and the topics are broad and varied.

Zeitguys was engaged to bring this social media project from the pages of the research grant to full online reality. Our deliverables included:

  • Information architecture and UX design
  • Visual design and WordPress theme customization
  • Plugin research, implementation and customization
  • Custom plugin and widget development
  • Project management and testing
  • Documentation and end-user training

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Zeitguys designs Award Winning photography book featuring the photography of Yuri Dojc

“Live the World” is a collection of travel destination photography conceived of by the premier destination club Demeure Club, and features the photography of Yuri Dojc, one of Canada’s most celebrated photographers.

Demeure "Live the World" Book Cover

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Zeitguys wins Prestigious Applied Arts Interactive Media Award

Zeitguys, inc. a Toronto-based design and development company, was delighted to learn that they were selected to be a winner of the Annual Applied Arts Interactive Media Award. Their work on the uHear iPhone App won the attention of the judges and appears in the May, 2010 edition of Applied Arts in the magazine’s Awards section as well as in the current online edition.

 

“This is a pretty great moment for Zeitguys,” stated Senior Partner and Creative Director Tom Auger, when he received the long-anticipated award. “It’s fantastic that an app that’s such a good cause for hearing well-being is getting this kind of attention. Hopefully this will just increase the app’s profile and more people will download it and test their hearing.”

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