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White Label Development on IBM Bluemix’s Watson Services

White Label Development on IBM Bluemix’s Watson Services

Halfslide Design recently completed another White Label development project for another development agency that utilized IBM Bluemix’s Watson services.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with white label services: white label services are when we at Halfslide Design do software development work for other creative or development agencies in order to supplement their workforce on projects.  It allows those agencies to staff projects without keeping full-time staff and all work is done under their brand.  In that case, we do not add the project to our Halfslide Design portfolio and do not publicly take any credit for the work.

In the case of this project, the client had an interesting requirement.  They wanted to capture video responses of survey … Read the rest


Redesigning the Walton & Johnson Radio Show App

Redesigning the Walton & Johnson Radio Show App

As an Austin, Texas-based website and app developer, nothing makes us happier than working with and helping other local businesses and organizations.

This was especially true when we were hired to redesign the mobile app for the acclaimed local radio show Walton & Johnson.

For the uninitiated, the Walton & Johnson Show is a morning broadcast listened to by millions of loyal fans who tune in for the unique mix of opinionated and compelling talk, skits, characters, impersonations, guests, and stream of consciousness segments.

The pair have won numerous awards since teaming up in 1983, and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

With so many people either listening live or catching up with previous shows in their own … Read the rest

Posted on April 4th, by Peter in Mobile Apps, News, Portfolio, Projects.


The Weeli App – Building a Social Alternative to Yelp

The Weeli App – Building a Social Alternative to Yelp

Since its inception in 2004, Yelp has gone on to become one of the internet’s largest public review sites.

With users able to recommend anything from hotels to restaurants and plumbing services to chiropractors, the site is the go-to for people looking for social proof of a company’s credentials.

However, as Yelp has grown, its own credibility and indeed its usefulness has taken a hit; particularly in the social proof aspect of its reviews.

Problems with Yelp

Yelp’s problems are an unfortunate result of its fundamental business model and its growth.

In the beginning, when each company had a handful of honest reviews left by early adopters who saw it as a way of helping the community, everything seemed to … Read the rest

Posted on October 27th, by Peter in Mobile Apps, News, Portfolio, Projects, Web Applications.


Building the Membership Site for Austin’s First Dog Bar

Building the Membership Site for Austin’s First Dog Bar

For those of us who live in Austin, Texas, there’s never a shortage of choice when it comes to bars for our evenings out. With a vibrant music scene, diverse food options and an established craft beer culture, we can’t say we’re not well catered for.

However, while the people of Austin will always have somewhere to go, our four-legged friends are often not welcome. For dog owners who enjoy good food and drink yet hate to leave their furry friends home alone, this has always presented a problem.

Now, in the great entrepreneurial spirit we come to expect of our city, Yard Bar is providing a solution. Austin’s first dog bar, it has a menu stacked with all the … Read the rest


Helping a Local Charity to Help the Homeless

Helping a Local Charity to Help the Homeless

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a local charity here in Austin, Texas, that is working to help the city’s homeless population by developing a series of schemes that bring sustainable, long term changes to their lives in ways that simple hand outs never can.

From the humble beginnings of having one minivan delivering meals to whichever men and women they happened to find on the streets, the charity has grown to now include several ongoing projects that form one whole, bigger picture, with the emphasis on building both a community and a future for Austin’s homeless.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes Projects

Map for tracking daily food deliveries

The list of current projects includes the following:

Community First! – a 27-acre … Read the rest

Posted on March 9th, by Peter in News, Portfolio, Web Applications.

Updating and Upgrading CTE Skills’ Training Video Website

Updating and Upgrading CTE Skills’ Training Video Website

CTE Skills is a Texas-based operation that has been creating and marketing Career & Technical Education training videos for over a decade now, and in that time have seen both their business and video library expand in a way they could never have predicted when they first set out.

In much the same way that a bricks and mortar business may outgrow their premises, CTE Skills recognized the fact that they had outgrown their old website, and so recently approached our partner, SETX Digital, with the request to update and upgrade their platform.  Halfslide Design was brought in to do the implementation of the site while SETX Digital provided marketing and project management services.

As with any successful enterprise, … Read the rest

Posted on March 6th, by Peter in E-Commerce Sites, News, Portfolio, Wordpress Sites.


Building Twin Sites and a Bespoke WordPress Plugin

Building Twin Sites and a Bespoke WordPress Plugin

Fathers Rights .attorney site on mobile devices

Once upon a time, there were two aspects of website design that were desired by business site owners above all else:

  • a .com domain name
  • a website that functioned well and looked great on a monitor or laptop screen

.com has long been considered the industry standard, and is what people expect to see in a business web address. It looks official and authoritative in a way that .net or .org could never compete with. While regional variations such as .co.uk, .ca or .com.au made sense for non-USA businesses too, .com has always been considered the holy grail for USA companies.

Until relatively recently too, the vast majority of visitors would have been … Read the rest


Personality Today – the 2bme Mobile App

Personality Today – the 2bme Mobile App

Personality Today – the 2bme App

Earlier in the year, Halfslide Design was tasked with creating the website for 2bme, a local Austin start-up who provide ongoing, online leadership training and team building through type theory.

The primary function of the site was for it to be a personal development facilitator, and it succeeded in this while also serving as a personal hub with enough features to be used throughout the working day.

For a full recap of just what benefits 2bme brings, feel free to revisit our previous blog post.

Take a personality test

While a fully functioning website is still the bedrock of any online business or service, and a responsive design for mobile devices crucial … Read the rest

Posted on December 11th, by Peter in News.

Considerations for Building an E-commerce Site

Considerations for Building an E-commerce Site

We all know the rise and rise of e-commerce has changed the way we shop. People can now use their tablet to buy aspirin, book cinema tickets through their TV set, or order running shoes and low fat yoghurt without leaving their sofa.

If e-commerce has changed the way we buy, it has also changed the way we sell. Amazon is the behemoth, but e-commerce isn’t confined to established retailers.

Technically, anyone can do it.

Due to the relative ease in getting started, more and more ordinary people are exploring the possibility of establishing their own e-commerce site. There are, however, a few important issues to consider when setting up your first store.

Considering the following before contacting your designer … Read the rest


White Label Software Development from Halfslide Design

White Label Software Development from Halfslide Design

One of the core services provided by Halfslide Design is white label software development, a service that may be unfamiliar to those new to the web development industry. The possible lack of public awareness is true of white label services in any industry where they are available, such is the nature of them. The whole idea is exactly that; that the public are not aware the process has even happened behind the scenes.

It all sounds very secretive. So why don’t we lift the lid and see what it’s all about?

What is?

White labelling, in a nutshell, is the name given to the process where a product is manufactured and supplied to a retailer with no branding, which then … Read the rest

Posted on September 25th, by Peter in News.