County of Los Angeles

Along with our partners at AECOM, we started a third phase of this multi-year project. We built a suite of web and iOS tools to assess and manage every publicly-owned property in the County of Los Angeles.

    In 2017:
  • Costs and spending on management of 45,306,068 square feet of buildings now forecasted 50+ years in the future.
  • We transitioned the platform to an internal data center
  • We added Parking Lot assessments
  • We created the world's most accurate Pavement Condition Index (seriously)
County of Los Angeles

Kansas Department of Education

We designed, built, and support several platforms for KSDE's special education ventures.

    In 2017:
  • The single sign-on system added 4,000 new users
  • We added payment processing for event registrations
  • Major accessibilty upgrades
  • Expanded the state Co-Teaching project to include Early Childhood education
  • Launched a new surveys platform to gauge district involvement (including some pretty robust localization)
KS Department of Education

Merchtable

Merchtable is an ecommerce and fulfillment platform for independent bands, artists, podcasters, and youtube weirdos. We update and maintain the platform, and added a bunch of cool stuff this year.

    In 2017:
  • Processed over 80,000 orders
  • Launched Cart Recovery emails - adding a significant revenue bump
  • Redesigned and modernized the checkout user experience
  • Built a new layouts feature for complete customization of store designs
  • Made back-end infrastructure upgrades that allow hundreds of times more concurrent sales
MerchTable

The Institute

We designed, built and launched the Institute for Family Support Professionals this year - a national co-op of online training for home visitors.

    The whole project ran in 2017:
  • Custom learning maps
  • Dozens of online training modules
  • Users can share their progress with supervisors or colleagues
The Institute

Digital Badges

We built a new platform for CPPR to design and administer digital badges - a new badging platform that conforms to the Open Badge spec. It's like an online version of our annual Badge of Merit, but with evidence attached!

Digital Badges

IRIS

In 2016 we designed and launched IRIS, a platform to help organizations connect the families they serve to the right resources in their community. This year we expanded and improved it.

    In 2017:
  • Better handoff and referral notifications
  • New comment functions
  • Major accessibilty upgrades
  • Created a new sandbox environment for training
IRIS

Gregorys Coffee

We've been supporting this growing coffee chain for years, and helping them build out their back-end processes along the way.

    In 2017:
  • Gregorys launched more stores in NYC, and expanded to DC
  • We built out new financial and inventory reporting tools
  • Added new recurring orders for perishable goods
  • A new Delivery Routes function helps them deliver efficiently
Gregorys

But Wait, There's More

There are really more projects than you've got the patience to read about. Here's the short list:

  • NYC DoT: new site for public feedback on the BQE reconstruction
  • NYC MTA: tiny site to promote a rail realignment study
  • US Army Corps of Engineers: a small site to promote drought resiliency projects
  • City of Mountain Village, CO public engagement site for new town planning
  • FRIENDS National Resource Center: Protective Factors Survey
  • Center for Understanding the Built Environment: new brand research and identity
  • Ixcetos Technology Consulting: new brand research and identity!
  • Draper Consulting: New field data collection - strategy & prototypes

AND all our Area 51 projects that are super interesting and not legally disclosable.

Brand New Box Christmas


Staff Growth

We really do think of everyone as a teammate, despite how corny this sounds. This year we had some fresh faces join in.

Mark VanLandingham

Mark VanLandingham

Development Intern

Sharynne Azhar

Sharynne Azhar

Development Intern

Andy Monroe

Andy Monroe

Development Intern

Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson

UX Intern

Ashley Hutton

Ashley Hutton

Development Intern

Antonio Antillon

Antonio Antillon

Developer, Secret Weapon

Josh Fike

Josh Fike

Developer Extraordinaire, Keeper of COLA Keys

Will Carey

Will Carey

Engineer, Axe-Throwing Expert, Lumberjack Poser

Nathan Clark

Nathan Clark

Super Professional

Matt Kirkland

Matt Kirkland

Gray Hair Collector

psst - want to work with us? Get in touch.

Final Fridays

Every month we do something fun to celebrate what we've accomplished - and get away from our screens for a bit. A few highlights from 2017:

Lock Picking

We taught ourselves the basics of lock-picking, and now we all have our own toolkits.

New Brewery

After months of construction, the brewery next door opened. Cheers!

3D Printing

We bought a 3D printer, and have melted a ton of plastic.

Paintball

We got our asses handed to us by a bunch of junior high kids.

Axe Throwing

A friend opened a new axe-throwing alley. It is just as fun as you'd expect.

Golf

None of us can golf. But that doesn't stop us trying!

Oh yeah, and Iceland!

To celebrate being in business for the last ten (really, 10!) years, we put all our work on pause and went to Iceland for a week with our families. It was awesome.

  • We ate exotic northern foods!
  • We watched the northern lights!
  • We spent a lot of time swimming in warm water: lagoons and lagoons and lagoons, hot tubs and pools, all heated by the fires of the earth!
  • We petted Icelandic horses!
  • We embarassed ourselves trying to pronounce Icelandic!
  • We walked in between continents!
  • We saw lots of snow and ice and moss and rock!
  • We marveled at fjords and volcanoes and black sand beaches and glaciers and icebergs and geysirs and waterfalls!

This was an amazing trip, and a very memorable way to celebrate the first decade of Brand New Box.