Think. Make. Innovate.

We design and develop amazing mobile apps for iOS and Android - Apps that get featured on the App Store.

We are a multi BAFTA award-winning digital studio and the leading mobile studio in Wales (75+ apps).

Formed in 2003, we have honed a collaborative, agile and resourceful studio model that allows our clients to affordably tackle big challenges.

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2003
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

BBC London, NHS, Admiral Insurance, Jaguar Land Rover, Principality Building Society, Welsh Government, Marine Conservation Society, RSPB, Stryker, Sonovate, Project AWARE, Confused.com

Project AWARE - Dive Against Debris®

Helping divers around the world tackle marine debris

Project AWARE® – a global charity focussed on ocean protection – came to us with the challenge of providing a compelling and easy-to-use mobile experience to their diving community for the capture of vital ‘Dive Against Debris®’ data.

Every aspect of the data capture was optimised to help divers enter high quality data. Elements that were previously complex and error-prone were greatly assisted by use of custom views – for example, calculating ocean survey area and latitude/longitude entry.

Offline use if fully supported, with divers able to save multiple ‘draft’ survey reports. Local & push notifications ensure the divers are kept up to date and engaged with pending and approved results.

Delivered on iOS and Android.

Read our case study.

BBC Cymru Fyw

The BBC appointed us to make a mobile app that would deliver their news service for the Welsh language, BBC Cymru Fyw, to the broadest reach possible.

It was delivered on iOS and Android and received a nomination at the Celtic Media Awards.

Read our case study.

NHS Trust

South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) came to us with a request for a new tool that would help their clinicians spend less time typing up notes, freeing them to see more patients and offer better care.

We delivered a platform that cuts a clinician's admin workload by 40%, saving hours each day and reducing the delay in patient notes being updated from hours to an average of just 16 minutes.

Read our case study.

Principality Building Society Kiosk App

ReceiptShed

ReceiptShed came to us with the challenge of delivering a highly focused app for freelancers and sole traders to help manage all the key paperwork and information needed to effectively run their business.

Most apps are either too limited (for example, they just have receipt capture) or are too extensive (complete accounting packages with profit/loss and many other advanced features that are overkill for what is needed).

ReceiptShed purposefully focuses the functionality to three core requirements - invoicing (getting paid), receipt capture/scanning (so you know what you've spent) and job check-in (so you can remember where you've been and don't forget to invoice).

Monetisation of the app is via platform-specific subscription (i.e. Apple/Google), since this minimises the friction for users paying for the app by making it incredibly easy to sign up for a free month trial of the service.

Delivered on iOS and Android....

TV Sports Soccer® - BAFTA Award Winning

TV Sports Soccer® is all about scoring goals and making your way through an endlessly changing landscape against opposing teams making ever more determined efforts to steal the ball and end your run of high scoring play.

Published for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV as a universal purchase, we wanted to deliver a game that can be played on small touch screens and big screens using the Apple TV remote.

Snappy gameplay and sharp graphics are delivered in an iconic Voxel style (which are essentially 3D pixels) while sound design and an exclusive soundtrack has been created for TV Sports Soccer by award-winner Stafford Bawler (Monument Valley).

View the release trailer.

The game was winner of 'Best Game of the year, across all genres and platforms' BAFTA.

Read our case study...

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iPad App Dev for Cybersecurity Firm

"They were incredible to work with from a business perspective."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Rantmedia optimized an assessment methodology to be user-friendly and to protect sensitive data. They designed and developed a user interface, and provided database backend configuration and management.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Reading, United Kingdom
Alex Tarter
Thales , CTO Cyber & Consulting
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Rantmedia’s small team of developers worked quickly and provided promising results. While the product is still in testing, they have met every deadline. They kept the project on task in the face of potential scheduling hurdles, through exceptional project management.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the chief cyber consultant for the cyber and consulting business within Thales UK. Thales UK is an aerospace defense company specializing in providing complex solutions to defense and critical infrastructure organizations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Rantmedia?

We needed to make our assessment methodology more user-friendly, while still remaining incredibly secure.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We use our assessment methodology to assess some of our critical infrastructure clients, and we use a variety of different Excel spreadsheets to achieve this. Rantmedia had to take this complex methodology and make it more user-friendly without opening the process up to vulnerabilities. So the project had a dual focus of security and usability requirements.

From the security standpoint, Rantmedia created security implementation plans that aligned with our high-level requirements and encryption methodology. After we finalized the design, they developed a prototype to demonstrate the encryption and for us to run security tests. They finally produced a few user prototypes, which are currently in user acceptance testing.

They took a user-centered design approach to the project, which started with a deep dive technical scoping session to understand the methodology. Rantmedia then developed the technical description of their statement of work and used that—as well as a user perspective—to design lo-fi and hi-fi interfaces. These enabled us to provide feedback, and for Rantmedia to provide future iterations before releasing anything to the users.

After finalizing a working interface, Rantmedia began developing the contextual model on how the information was going to be represented in the software. They defined all of the elements that would feed into the user interface, and made sure that we collected all the data in the dashboard. After that, it was just a matter of testing.

The user interface was just for iPad application, but the database element required configuration management and backend support.

What is the team composition?

We had a dedicated project manager, a technical lead, two people focused on UI, and one focused on development. Additionally, the CEO likes to be involved in the projects, so we worked with him.

How did you come to work with Rantmedia?

A co-worker of mine had already reached out to them for a different project. In talking with my co-worker, they thought that Rantmedia would be a good fit for our ideas and requirements, and invited me to the meeting they already had set up. We began working with them through a trial basis and were impressed with their work.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent roughly $40,000­­–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in January 2018, and are currently testing the product. They work rapidly and react to requirements almost immediately, the process has just taken longer than necessarily planned because of internal scheduling challenges.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We are still in the testing phase, so I don’t have any metrics to provide, but I can say that we’ve been very happy with the quality of their work.

How did Rantmedia perform from a project management standpoint?

They had wonderful project management and especially put in extra effort in regards to our email. Because of the information we work with, our emails are very secure, which can present certain hurdles, but Rantmedia worked diligently through the email filters and signed up as a supplier.

We had internal challenges, which they took in stride. They were incredible to work with from a business perspective. We received our deliverables on time, and all of the meeting reports were clear, concise, and informative.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They never encountered something that was too challenging for them to handle, and it was quite a complex program. They were always very accommodating and took on the work with an incredible amount of grace

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Native App Dev for Music Education Organization

"They learned our product’s subject matter quickly, which has made the process very smooth."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Rantmedia built a native application for iOS and Android. The team collaborated on wireframes and then designed the UI/UX.

The Reviewer
 
501 - 1,000 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Melanie Powell
Digital Product Owner, ABRSM
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app meets all of the functionality requirements. Rantmedia is communicative and proactive; their fixes have exceeded expectations for thoroughness. Customers can expect to work with a highly organized and capable team.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the digital product owner of ABRSM, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. We publish a variety of digital resources to help people prepare for practical and music theory exams.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Rantmedia?

We wanted to make a new mobile product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Rantmedia did full-stack development for an app that supports students preparing for our theory exams as well as those that want more knowledge. They built the solution on native iOS and Android platforms. Two of my colleagues had a workshop style meeting during the early development. We worked collaboratively on wireframes.

What is the team composition?

We work with seven people from Rantmedia in total, but three on a regular basis.

How did you come to work with Rantmedia?

Since we outsource all the development to external agencies, we looked for a suitable agency to build that product for us. Rantmedia’s director was a musician, which created a potential opportunity to partner. My manager led the tender process. We compared Rantmedia’s tender against other companies’ and decided they were the best for us.

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent £40,000 GBP ($51,978 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in November 2017 and the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Rantmedia has delivered what we asked them to produce.

How did Rantmedia perform from a project management standpoint?

They have been outstanding. Our project manager always checks in and is sometimes a step ahead of us. They learned our product’s subject matter quickly, which has made the process very smooth.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were very proactive and spotted issues ahead of time, which we appreciated. There was a lot of quality testing on our end, but they would also pick up on stuff themselves which they resolved. They highlighted issues that traditionally I would’ve expected to be our responsibility to spot. They were also able to suggest solutions and bring it to our attention which was really impressive. We most often communicated through Slack and we also had regular calls that were scheduled. The project manager was very organized, and it was good to have that regular contact by phone as well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It isn’t something they necessarily need to change, but there were a couple of times when they weren’t too keen on jumping into something else and asked us to hold back a bit.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Just go for it. They are really good.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iPad App Dev for Public Relations Firm

“They were one of the best suppliers I've ever worked with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. - May 2018
Project summary: 

Rantmedia created a unique iPad application developing the technology that had never been used before. The app creates a volumetric hologram projection, letting users control the hologram.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Jamie Robbins
Multimedia Director, Equinox Public Relations Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app launched and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Becoming a true partner, Rantmedia led the project from the early stages through the launch, while their ability to successfully handle challenges and work under a tight deadline contributed to the positive experience.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the multimedia director at Equinox. We're a PR and marketing company based in Cardiff, Wales.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Rantmedia?

We received funding from the Welsh government and had an opportunity to create a new application to be used at one of the castles in Wales. We were looking for a development partner to help us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We wanted to create a unique application that had never been developed before. I gave Rantmedia a very broad brief and they came up with three different ideas. They also suggested combining two technologies that were both quite new and had never been combined before. It's volumetric holographic projection, so users can control the hologram. We think it's the first time in the world when people could control the hologram in front of them. Rantmedia also managed the design, thinking up what dragons and flags would look like. The app they built is installed on iPads within the castle and is not available for public to download. In addition, they provided in-depth training to our staff to ensure the app is sustainable.

What is the team composition?

We were in close contact with three people but visited the office a few times where we met the whole team.

How did you come to work with them?

They were recommended to us by another vendor we had worked with.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2018 and the app launched in May 2018. As part of our contract, we have ongoing support through December 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We had some local school children come in and try the app out the weekend it was launched. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We also gave questionnaires to the visitors of the castle, but we haven't got those back yet. We had a few small issues immediately after launch which Rant did everything possible to resolve instantly. Everything has worked perfectly since.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

They were one of the best suppliers I've ever worked with. There was a learning curve for both our team and theirs because we were using the technology that had never been used before. We ordered different parts from all over the world and had to make a lot of decisions, but they did an excellent job and had quick turnaround times. They had different team members responsible for logistics, software development, and the design.

We had weekly meetings with them over the phone, but we told them to call us whenever they needed us. In addition, I went to their office half a dozen times and we had two videoconferences.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were very friendly. It was a challenging project and we had a tight deadline, but they were relaxed and put us at ease. Also, they were accommodating and kept us up-to-date with what was going on.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. We plan to work with them again on other projects because we had such a positive experience.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be flexible and open to their ideas. I wouldn't go to them with a strict brief because they'll probably come up with something better. Tell them what your goals are, but don't restrict them with your perspective. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Our timeline changed a few times, but they were very accommodating. Their turnaround times and project management were also impressive.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Design and Dev for Marine Nonprofit

"The team was always approachable, helpful, and remained patient when timelines shifted."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2016 - Aug. 2017
Project summary: 

Rantmedia handled the whole development process of a data collection app for a global marine conservation nonprofit. They focused on making the data submission process streamlined and user-friendly.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Sydney, Australia
Hannah Pragnell-Raasch
Program Specialist, Project AWARE
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app gets great feedback for its ease of use and great design. The project team fixed issues promptly, was responsive and communicative, and provided helpful suggestions along the way. They’ve delivered a top quality product and continues to provide support for the app.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the program specialist for Project AWARE, a global nonprofit marine conservation organization. We have 11 employees worldwide currently focusing on two core conservation issues: marine debris and shark and ray conservation.

I manage our global marine debris survey, Dive Against Debris, whereby scuba divers are empowered to survey their dive site and remove the rubbish they encounter. Data is recorded regarding the types and amounts of marine debris items removed from underwater on the seafloor as well as the impact marine debris has on wildlife.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Rantmedia?

We wanted them to design and develop a mobile application that would allow users to submit their Dive Against Debris data using their smartphone or tablet. We don’t have the internal expertise to develop such a product and therefore turned to them.

What were your goals for this project?

Dive Against Debris was launched in June 2011 and the data reporting process involved a multistep procedure whereby participants had to record their data on a hard-copy data card in the field and then enter the data via desktop into the online submission form. Being a multistep process coupled with varying internet connectivity for participants across the globe, it created barriers for submitting data to Project AWARE.

Additionally, we recognized the changing landscape and the need for innovative technological advancements to support Dive Against Debris in the 21st century. Therefore, there was a demand and a need to develop a mobile app that would allow users to submit their data using their mobile/tablet device, thus streamlining the data submission process, providing a more user-friendly experience, and allowing users to submit their data in-situ following their dive.

The ultimate goals were to see an increase in data submissions as well as an increase in accuracy due to the inbuilt functionality of the app.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I researched various developers online, reviewing their websites and portfolio. I then shortlisted 10 developers whom I submitted our proposal to and held initial discussions with, one of which was Rantmedia. From there, there were subsequent conversations with each developer, further shortlisted to three.

Rantmedia was selected based on their sound understanding of the proposal and the scope of work we were hoping to achieve with the app. They had also worked with nonprofit organizations before.

Describe the project in detail.

We had a series of initial discussions to fine-tune the concept and scope of work, which included a face-to-face meeting that provided a great opportunity to get to know the whole team. We were engaged throughout the process to provide feedback. Rantmedia was responsible for the complete app development from start to finish and worked together with our web developers due to the nature of our database hosting.

What was the team composition?

We had two main points of contact throughout the project. They brought in the relevant team members throughout the project as necessary.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We continue to hear positive feedback from the field regarding the Dive Against Debris app from its usability, aesthetics, functionality, etc. We also saw great engagement throughout our launch campaign. There have been a few minor bugs but Rantmedia has been extremely efficient in ensuring that they are fixed in a timely manner.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We remained in constant communication throughout the project via email and direct phone calls, which ensured we were all on the same page throughout the iterations. Initially, it was a little challenging to obtain an overall project timeline with clearly defined milestones and project stages but that was a minor detail in light of the overall workflow and outstanding support provided by Rantmedia. We didn't use a project management system, though I would probably recommend using something like Basecamp to streamline communication and ensure transparency.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

All in all, I was pretty impressed with every aspect of their work. They remained responsive throughout the process, ensured that they explained the technical stuff in a digestible way, and provided suggestions and alternate ways to tackle specific functionality requests. The team was always approachable, helpful, and remained patient when timelines shifted especially in with aspects of the project that were dependent on another third party.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We are delighted with the quality of the product that we have received and are grateful for the ongoing support that Rantmedia continues to provide. We look forward to continuing working with them and to refine the updates/additions to the app to further increase its functionality.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS & Android Dev for Educational Apps

"Their work was high quality...they provide strong inputs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Rantmedia provided technical support to develop native iOS and Android educational apps. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Founder, Education App Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Rantmedia combined technical expertise with strong creative inputs to ensure high quality products. They mostly communicate over email but are willing to meet in person as well. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and director of a company that produces interactive apps for the education market.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Rantmedia?

We needed technical support for app development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We contracted Rantmedia to develop an app for us. I proposed the core scope of the project and they provided creative input on the design and created a wireframe. The developed native apps for both iOS and Android.

What is the team dynamic?

I generally work closely with three people, depending on the project.

How did you come to work with Rantmedia?

I was aware of Rantmedia from different trade shows. I talked to people who had worked with different app companies and they seemed to be the best.

How much have you invested with them?

Around 100,000 GBP.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2014. We have one project that is still ongoing, to be completed by January of 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The user feedback we have received has been really positive. Schools have really enjoyed the apps and want more of them.

How did Rantmedia perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate through a variety of methods. We usually use email but they're very local to me so I meet them in person as well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their work was high quality. They were also happy to work with me on the creative side and they provide strong inputs.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Very, very good.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re good value for money but you pay for quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    No complaints.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    If you have the budget, they are very good.

App Dev & Gamification for Financial Society

"Their creativity and expertise make it worth giving them the latitude to […] influence the end product”"

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Rantmedia animated and developed a multi-level children’s game app for iOS and Android. While the app was never launched, this project aimed to engage a brand-new demographic, and engagement is ongoing

The Reviewer
 
1,001 - 5,000 Employees
 
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Marketing Manager, Financial Society
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Despite some scheduling delays, the development process fulfilled requirements for timing expectations, deliverables, and costs. The app not only adhered to clearly specified brand guidelines but also exemplified RantMedia’s creativity and experience with gamification.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the marketing manager of a large Welsh building society that offers mortgage savings and insurance.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Rantmedia?

We brought Rant aboard to develop an app for children, which was a brand-new endeavor for our company.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed the app from the ground up for iOS and Android, including all the design work and some animation. The app featured several mini, Tamagotchi-style games in which users could take care of a character they designed. The game’s several levels built up to a more involved “survival mode.”

The app was cross-platform for management purposes. Since they began working with us from the start of development, they had a relatively free playing field to create our desired product within the scope of our brand guidelines.

What is the team dynamic?

We worked with a total of five team members: three software developers were constantly involved, and I personally interacted with two others.

How did you come to work with RantMedia?

Whether they initially contacted us or we found them via a search, they pitched for the project along with two other companies. We choose Rantmedia because they’re a local agency, and we prefer to work with Welsh companies whenever possible. Their experience in gamification and enthusiasm for our products made them the best fit—along with extensive metrics.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested over £100-150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2016, and recently re-engaged for a new project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The select members of our team who have actually seen the app have confirmed that it captured everything we requested. It was well-received in our usability testing, with both a research agency and members of our target demographic.

How did Rant Media perform from a project management standpoint?

Although we challenged them, their progress consistently matched our expectations. They fulfilled our detailed requirements for delivery schedules within our specific cost matrix. Their proximity enabled us to hold weekly progress meetings with the designers in person. We communicated by email as needed, and they’d often send us Excel spreadsheets to annotate and return. We had constant access to their project management tools.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their dedication and work ethic reflect the fun nature of what they do, which makes them pleasant to work with. The team’s approachability makes it easy to pick up the phone if an issue arises.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We just re-engaged with them, and they are already supplying us with information more efficiently. They learned from last time, and now their communication is exactly what we need.

Advice for potential customers?

Their creativity and expertise make it worth giving them the latitude to work independently, propose new methodologies, and influence the end product, even if you initially have a clear idea of what you’re looking for.

5.0
Overall Score Our overall experience working with them has been very enjoyable.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It was fairly slow, which ultimately skewed the cost metrics of the deliverables. When delays occurred, we had productive conversations about how to improve.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We negotiated costs, and they offered us frequent savings.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Since we never launched the app, I was unable to test the actual deliverables of rolling it out to an audience, a step they had managed to offer.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    As evidenced by our reengagement, they must be doing something right.

iOS & Android Dev for Accounting App

"They hit every deadline, provide constant feedback, and take the time to create a quality product."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Rantmedia provided mobile app development for iOS and Android, creating a simplified accounting system for small businesses. They worked alongside a branding company to create UX design and continue to provide support.

The Reviewer
 
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Gwion Thomas
Co-Founder, ReceiptShed
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app had a successful launch thanks to Rantmedia’s sleek design and navigable flow. They maintain a strict work schedule, stay in constant communication, and ensure a quality product by planning extensively. Through continued support, the app remains error-free.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the co-founder of a business finance app.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Rantmedia?

We wanted to create a simplified app to serve as an accounting system for small businesses. It allows users with little to no financial knowledge to send invoices, log payments, and even includes a GPS system to help manage timesheets.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After I provided a brief, they worked alongside a branding company to develop the UX, providing feedback at each stage of development. Rantmedia has won awards for their design work, so I trusted them with the overall flow. The app was designed for both iOS and Android.

We launched four months ago and they continue to provide support, ensuring all functions work properly. We’re currently discussing ideas for improvement and ways to develop the app online.

What is the team dynamic?

We’ve worked with seven or eight people. Anton [Faulconbridge, Director, Rantmedia] is the boss, Gwen [Vaughan, Head of Delivery, Rantmedia] serves as project manager, Rachel [Sulek, Designer] and Ed [Sharp, Digital Product Designer, Rantmedia] worked as designers, and we had iOS and Android teams.

How did you come to work with Rantmedia?

I searched online for local development companies, but they were quite small and lacked the expertise I needed. I expanded my search, but wasn't impressed with any of them, to be honest. Finally, a friend recommended two companies, and after meeting with both, Rantmedia was by far the best.

How much have you invested with them?

About 80,000 pounds.

What is the status of this engagement?

We had our initial concept meeting in September, 2016. We kept in touch for the next nine months as I organized investors and then began work. Our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We have roughly 50 active users, which is a good start for us. We’ve also received great feedback. Users like the simple layout, find the app easy to navigate, and we’ve had no reported crashes.

How did Rantmedia perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate mostly through e-mail and Skype, but also conduct a number of face to face meetings.

They're fantastic, I can't say a bad word about them. They hit every deadline, provide constant feedback, and take the time to create a quality product.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Other app developers I talked to offered a lot of big ideas, but lacked the ability to follow through with the concepts. Rantmedia took the time to think through the development stages and that forethought made them precise and realistic.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, to be honest with you. We’ve had issues with marketing and branding companies, but Rantmedia was faultless by comparison.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never miss a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re costlier than some competitors, but that investment ensures a quality product.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Dev for Nanotechnology Form

"[E]verything went very smoothly and they were good to work with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Rantmedia built an Android and iOS app that interacted with an iBeacon device. They developed features, designed a user interface, and integrated functions with the device firmware.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Newport, United Kingdom
David Pugh
Senior Assistant Engineer, G24 Power
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Users loved the app's polished interface and useful features, and they reported no major crashes. Rantmedia distinguished themselves with their reliable communication, intelligent problem-solving, and creative advice. Their friendly, thoughtful approach made the relationship highly valuable.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the senior systems engineering manager at G24 Power. We are a low-energy, electronic design company, and we also work with Solar PV [photovoltaic]. Some of the key products we make are small Internet of things types of devices, sensors, or iBeacon devices that we can power with solar panels.

I am the only software person in the company, and my role is to decide what the software should be, spec that up, and if I can’t write it myself, I outsource it and find an appropriate subcontractor.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Rantmedia?

We had a new iBeacon device that we were about to go to market with, and we wanted a way for our customers to be able to log into the device and interact with it using their phones. They could buy the device, set it up how they want, and use it. This required a mobile app for both iOS and Android, and we needed it to be reliable and polished. Since this is what people would be using with our products, we wanted it to be very solid with a nice design so that they could get a good feel for our product. We didn’t have the resources or technical knowledge in-house to write the product ourselves.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We worked with Rantmedia to develop the apps to help people understand and work with the devices more closely.

We initially met with them and shared our rough ideas of what we wanted along with one of our prototype devices. Technically, we told them the needed functions, but we didn’t have any knowledge on how the app would look or work or how the user would interact with it. We discussed ideas, and then they produced a scoping document including what they thought it should do and how it should look. We had screenshots of how it would look, including the colors and the branding. It was a very interactive process with a lot of discussions, and we worked as a team.

Writing an app that interacts with our firmware, a physical device, added another level of complexity to the scope. We worked hard to produce a document that they could work with to be able to really grasp our product; they helped in clarifying what was and wasn’t required. We wrote some demo code together and worked to understand the requirements and what could be done realistically within our timeframes and budget.

Before they started coding, they provided very clear, high-quality documentation of what the app was going to do, how the UX designers think, how the user will interact with it, and what it would look like.

They did all the design work for the UX side. They spent a lot of time exploring how a typical user might use the app, not just how it looked and where the buttons were but how people would navigate around the app, and what features could be added to make the app even better. Both the iOS and Android apps are native apps that they developed to deal with Bluetooth.

We are currently about to update the original device and have been working with Rant recently to get quotes to upgrade all the software.

What is the team dynamic?

I had direct interaction with 4 people from Rant. We had someone overseeing the project, as well as 3 technical people.

How did you come to work with Rantmedia?

We did a web search for software houses local to us. Because the project would interact with our hardware, we were aware of that extra level of complexity, as well as the fact we were still developing the hardware at that point. We wanted someone that could, if necessary, get on the phone or meet face-to-face, find any issues, and work through them as quickly as possible.

By far, Rant felt strongest in what they could deliver, the quality, and the way we could work and interact with them. We had confidence in their technical and UX ability as well. It was a perfect match for us.

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent about 20,000—25,000 pounds.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Rant in April 2015, and the app was ready for launch in the beginning of 2016. We have worked together on smaller projects since then, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The people that use the app use it all the time, including me. We have never had anyone report a crash, which is incredible for what the app is actually doing. We had some feedback on minor things that we wanted to change, but generally, the feedback is that it is a very stable product. People like it and like working with it.

Rant brought in design aspects that we hadn’t thought of which have proven to be very useful. For example, the app remembers devices and their names and labels them, which wasn’t in the original scope. They thought this would be useful, and they were right; users love that.

I occasionally see the Android technical developer, and he is still thinking about the project and what we can tweak and improve. It is incredible to us that, even 2 years later, their technical guy is still thinking like that. They are a great company.

How did Rantmedia perform from a project management standpoint?

Overall, I thought they were very good. While the app was in development, we spoke about once a week to see what was happening and to see if they needed anything from us. They kept us aware of what was going on. There was a slight overrun due to the complexity of interacting with our device. Communication was very good, and project management wise. We mostly communicated through email, and also spoke by phone and had in-person meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their strengths are in the UI/UX and the polish they add to their work. There is an extra layer of quality that they have thought about in how the user will interact with the product and all the little things that make it look and feel nice. This strength exceeded expectations and added value.

In addition, they are friendly and approachable people. You can chat with them in a relaxed manner and still get things done. They are enjoyable to work with, and that puts them ahead of their competitors. Working with Rant puts a smile on your face, as well as getting the product out.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not really. We all learned a lot. There were things we didn’t anticipate, working with hardware. As we plan the next phase, we already have milestones and improved specifications in place to help. Otherwise, everything went very smoothly and they were good to work with.

5.0
Overall Score They were good, and we wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There was a slight overrun, but the communication through it was excellent.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are more expensive than other app providers, but you get good quality and a well-tested product as a result.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The whole experience was very good.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We already have.