What was the scope of their involvement?
ICS was involved from the get-go, making sure the app’s UI was appropriate for the audience and performing competitive analysis. We used the RAMP stack (Ruby on Rails, Apache, MySQL, and Passenger), and they created all the wireframes based on discovery sessions with us. We’d already worked together, so we were very comfortable sharing our thoughts and absurdities.
We thought up features together, including live-note taking, and they came back to us with wireframes and sketches. Students can pause whatever video they’re watching type a note, and then come back to it later at the exact point in the video that inspired their thought. Taken together, these notes create a personal table of contents with associated notes. ICS also built a one-page marketing site.
What is the team composition?
People phased in and out of the project as needed. We worked with Adam (Partner and Creative Director, Image Conscious Studios), Justin (UX Strategist, Image Conscious Studios), and a dedicated project manager. The three of them came on in the beginning, working with us on discovery, frontend wireframing, and prototyping.
Then, their designers took over and fleshed out those things into live prototypes using InVision. Afterward, an assigned backend team with a team lead set up the servers and developed the backend.
How did you come to work with Image Conscious Studios?
We’d worked with ICS before to rebuild our website from the ground up. For that project, we looked for a local company and were impressed by ICS' price, personality fit, and portfolio. Based on that good experience, we reached out to them again for the web application. Their quote was comparable to those of other groups, so we happily signed with them again.
How much have you invested with them?
The online video platform cost $115,000–$120,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked together from mid-January until August 2018.