We work with organizations whose online channels are critical to their success.
Ecommerce with style
Art Institute of Chicago
Design, strategy, email and online advertising, and technology for one of the top museum shops.
Collecting mobility responses to COVID-19
Independent platform for collecting, synthesizing and sharing mobility initiatives to keeping the world moving during the global pandemic.
Fostering youth’s personal growth and success
National Center for Juvenile Justice
A new playbook for better outcomes for hundreds of thousands of young people facing probation.
Exploring impact of innovation
Urbanism Next studies impacts of emerging technologies—autonomous vehicles, e-commerce and the sharing economy—on our cities.
Improving student outcomes
Online IEP compliance system designed specifically to streamline the path to tracking and improving student outcomes.
Advocating for affordable housing
Chicago Rehab Network
MacArthur Award winning CRN has been the leading voice for affordable housing in Chicago and Illinois since 1977.
Connecting 100 Resilient Cities
The Rockefeller Foundation
Enabling efficient exchange of experience as cities face the effects of globalization, urbanization, and climate change.
Harnessing artificial intelligence
Overhauling the user experience of a vastly powerful AI engine for legal discovery.
Studying change in ocean chemistry
Facilitating online collaboration among policy makers, industry leaders, and researchers on ocean and coastal acidification.
Highlighting how transit supports businesses
Transit Means Business
A collection of benefits and real-world case studies from companies making positive transit-based decisions.
Comparing foster care trends
The Chronicle of Social Change
A national state-by-state count of foster homes and families
Helping leaders manage drinking water
Drinking Water 1-2-3
A guide for leaders to better understand and proactively address their area's drinking water needs.
Showcasing a community
Village of River Forest
Crafting a fresh presence based on community input and real-world use cases.
Exploring housing strategies
Regional Housing Solutions
Presenting new research on housing strategies and solutions in the Chicago area.
More than doubling fundraising
Making donation forms more persuasive based on insights from usability testing and analytics.
Visualizing complex data
Vera Institute of Justice
Policymakers and researchers can compare 40 years of county and state incarceration trends.
Reinventing Chicago’s second coast
Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab
A showcase of ideas for revitalizing areas along the Chicago River
Focusing on innovation in energy
Analyzing every aspect of customer communications with a lens of alignment with business goals.
Enabling global perspectives
Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Connecting educators and learners to advance liberal arts education globally.
Photo: Haakon Hop
Arctic scientists sharing knowledge
Multi-country research results, events, goals, and collaboration opportunities.
Photo: Flickr user MC4 Army
Simplifying complex ordering
A Fortune 100 company
A drug-ordering design—based on extensive user research—makes the process easier and pharmacists happier.
Connecting sustainability experts
Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Learning from others speeds the pace of innovation in this group of North American environmental professionals.
Supporting a startup end-to-end
Partnering on concept development, design, and technology for social good.
Comparing juvenile justice stats
Juvenile Justice, Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics
Tracking change in the US juvenile justice system landscape with detailed analyses of each state’s policies.
Defining a communications plan
Metropolitan Planning Council
Reaching consensus on communication strategies through a cooperative process. The website publishing system supports editorial review and approval.
“advanced data visualization”
When we launched the Incarceration Trends Project we needed a technology partner that understood the nuances of justice system data and had the tools to develop an advanced data visualization. With Webitects, we had a partner that worked tirelessly with us to develop a product that shed new light on the outsized growth of jails in every American county.
—Christian Henrichson, Research Director, Sentencing and Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice
Working together for 2+ years
Good design is about solving problems. For many years, we have used and created innovative ways to ensure that a website, application, or process performs well for its intended purpose.
Learning about audience motivations
One-on-one interviews—using open-ended questions and conducted by experienced design researchers—reveal audience needs that will help separate your product or service from the pack or innovate in a new market.
Observing workers doing their jobs
Watching how people do their jobs is very revealing. For instance, gaps in call center software can be discovered by examining the sticky notes that workers attach to their cubicle walls to help them do their work. Observing can also suggest ways to improve knowledge sharing, workflow, and even marketing messaging.
It’s important that the “right hand know what the left hand is doing.” That’s why we involve “C-level” decision-makers right from the start. Ongoing communication helps create designs that support business goals and organizational culture and get buy-in from leadership.
We sit a typical audience member down in front of your website (or other product), give them a set of tasks to perform, and ask them to tell us what they’re thinking as they do the tasks. This process reveals problems with user interfaces, suggests ways to improve them, and can even glean marketing insights. It also settles arguments about what’s effective and what’s not.
Optimizing across channels
These days, effective communication across multiple channels—website, search engine, targeted email, social media, and online advertising—must be creative, nuanced, and consistent. Our many years of experience in a variety of situations can help you figure this out.
Tailoring interfaces for every platform
Success means providing audiences with easy-to-use, intuitive experiences no matter what screen size or device they use. To ensure this, we conduct extensive testing using a wide variety of devices, screen sizes, and an extensive library of device simulators.
Classifying content using card sorting
A card sort is an exercise conducted with small groups of typical website users in order to learn where they expect to find particular types of content. This knowledge helps us develop an intuitive information architecture and supporting design.
Formulating and supporting a content strategy
A smart organization creates content within a strategy that will advance its business goals. Strategies are very different for selling consumer products, sharing knowledge, or running a political campaign. We will help you create a strong content strategy and will build the supporting publishing tools.
Webitects knows how to take a client’s idea and make it even better. . . They take the time to help their clients clarify their goals. They deliver products that are beautifully designed as well as intuitive to use and maintain. Plus: they are really fun to work with!
—Mandy Burrell Booth, Former Communications Director, Metropolitan Planning Council
Working together for 18+ years
A suite of flexible platforms underlies technology that is tailored for each project, when an off-the-shelf approach won’t do.
A secure, customizable, web application designed so networks of people who are working on similar problems can easily share their experiences, documents, ideas, and events.
Manage membership applications and directories, including automated renewals. Handle event registrations and attendee lists. Flexible table assignments with attendee input. Abstract submissions with reviews and grading. Integrated payment processing.
Interactive visualizations, including business dashboards—crafted with industry-leading frameworks—bring out the stories hidden in the data.
Email templates and audience segmentation
Audiences can be segmented by purchase amount, category, time, promotional code and type, responses to Adwords campaigns, geography, and any combination of the above. Choose a template, crop images, write copy, and send. Lists can be randomized for testing.
Staffs are very productive with our intuitive content management system. It’s extensible, flexible, and has editorial workflow with permissions.
Desktop and mobile platforms with measurable, intuitive, checkout workflows. PCI-compliant.
Integration with trusted technologies
“a firm pulse on the industry”
They methodically approach each project with enthusiasm and efficiency. Every resolution is fact based and incorporates the client’s needs, and in our case, customer buying behaviors. They are talented individuals with a firm pulse on the industry.
—Sarah Raettig, Director of Website Operations, The Art Institute of Chicago
Working together for 15+ years
Our team of experts work closely together to get the best results possible.
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Senior Data Visualization Engineer
Senior Integration Architect
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Vincent Tan Liao
“a valuable and fun experience”
Working with Webitects to design our website from scratch was a valuable and fun experience. We arrived with a vision, and after careful research, helpful storyboards, and a well-planned roll-out, we watched that vision become a reality. I can’t imagine working with a better team.
—Sara Bowden, Executive Team Leader, IARPC Collaborations,
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Working together for 3+ years
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