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Our Services

What makes us unique is our focus on enterprise-grade solutions to harder problems. Our services are a best fit for clients looking for help in four main areas:

Responsive Design & Development

Despite mobile web traffic surpassing desktop in 2014, responsively designed websites are still a fairly rare thing. We recently surveyed 2,600 enterprise sites and found that only 38% can adapt to differently sized screens.

There are three primary reasons to go responsive: raw mobile growth, better customer experience, and lower total cost of ownership. We’ve got the depth and breadth of talent to help you realize your future vision, and we invite you to learn more.

What are your business challenges?

“We know we need to change our digital experience, and we think we know how, but we also know we can’t do it well on our own.”
“I’m not meeting my customers’ expectations around ease of use, clarity, and speed of experience and my KPIs are lagging those of my competitors. We’re not sure what the problem is and we’re considering a website redesign.”
“My product and experience portfolio is a mishmash of designs and we’re confusing our customers. We need a modern, extensible, and globally consistent look and feel across several digital properties.”

Why Cantina?

Our best work on responsive design comes through on more technical and more challenging engineering projects. If you’re looking to just replatform and update your older content, we may not be the right team. However, if you have unique and technically complex elements of your business and digital environments, we should talk. Our experience with interactive features, video, multi-million user environments, accessibility, and cross-product design systems make us a good option for those complicated projects.

See Some Examples

Delivered a responsive redesign of the marketing website and CMS re-platform to help achieve aggressive eCommerce goals.

View Avid

Designed a new web application to increase customer satisfaction.

View Actifio

Elements

Research based design process allows us to have a greater chance of project success and reduce overall project timelines. (1 hour of research saves 10 hours of development time).

Development of pattern libraries allows us to ensure that design is being applied consistently across the project, and delivers to the client a reusable, extensible, and device agnostic system for our clients to use on future projects.

Definition of performance budget helps ensure that the end result will provide client’s users with the best experience possible.

Knowledge and experience training to ensure that a client’s team can move the design system forward when Cantina’s engagement ends.

Content strategy to determine content priorities and give clients a strategy for creating content in the future.

Definition of success metrics to be measured later gives us and the client a way to measure the overall success of the project.

Design sprints allow us to hypothesize and test our designs in a quick, iterative manner.

Atomic visual design allows us to think about design in modules and components, making it easier to develop reusable patterns.

Prototyping gives us a platform to test our design hypothesis quickly.

Enterprise-grade technical design to meet needs and performance goals.

Front end technical design ensures that consistency and performance goals are met.

The Process

Though every project has its own unique variables, we generally work through an overlapping set of stages to best meet your needs.

Envision

Together we will mutually understand the business context, uncover risks & opportunities, and clarify the product vision.

Define

Here we aim to understand the expected users and their goals for the product, create hypotheses and initial user stories, and prioritize features.

Design

We prototype, test, and learn how users interact with your product. We'll craft a visual aesthetic and model interactions based on best practices, and adjust course based on user feedback.

Deliver

In this stage we transform from the conceptual to the tangible. Using best-of-breed technologies and development methodologies, we execute on design, adjust oversight and management, test the systems, and get your product to market.

Measure

Knowing what we're looking to accomplish in the beginning allows us to measure results at the end. Here we compare initial expectations against the delivered solution, and provide recommendations and actions to improve your product.

The people at Cantina are collaborative and work well with their clients. They are very good at what they do. There is a certain casual nature to them as people. They are very easy to work with and they do not come off as arrogant or all knowing.

— Brian Anderson, Senior Director, Website Strategy & Operations at Avid.

Mobile Product Development

You’ve got the vision and you can see your competitive advantage. You just need the right team to help you refine the details, design it right, and build it fast. Cantina is especially well suited to research and uncover deeper motivations and goals that you and your customers have. With a focus on enterprise-grade applications, we have the experience, perspective, and skills to get it done right.

What are your business challenges?

“My business has an idea for a mobile product and we don’t have the capabilities or capacity to design and build a delightful, production-ready experience.”
“Our customers are increasingly moving to a mobile-first environment. We’ve made some steps, but aren’t achieving the results we expected. We need to revisit our mobile strategy and find innovative solutions to meet customer desires.”

Why Cantina?

Cantina began as a technical consulting firm, and our rock-solid engineering DNA separates us from every other front-end mobile solutions provider. Our technical design and strategy work seamlessly weaves through our artwork, visual design, and information architecture. Other firms may deliver a pretty wireframe; we deliver deeply considered, elegant, fast, and scalable solutions.

See Some Examples

Built a mobile app experience that keeps the focus on the music.

View Newport Folk Festival

Discovered a better way to match restaurateurs with highly skilled talent.

View Clothbound

Elements

Mobile strategy
Understand your audience and identify the best opportunities to meet their mobile needs.

Product definition

Establish the vision, target audience, and scope of your product based on the job it is meant to solve.

Research-based design

Create your product based on direct audience feedback, saving time and increasing the likelihood of success.

Design sprints

Quickly address key questions about your product through iterative hypothesizing and validation.

Prototypes

Rapidly build and test concepts to answer questions without wasting valuable development time.

Ecosystem evaluation
Analyze your audience and needs to choose the best technical and service platforms to leverage.

Mobile app development

Build the product using the best practices and latest technologies available for iOS and Android.

Enterprise-grade technical design

Support mobile clients with performant APIs and a scalable backend.

Analytics

Develop strategies and install platforms to discover how people are using your product.

Delivery
Ship your product with confidence and prepare your team for future development.

The Process

Though every project has its own unique variables, we generally work through an overlapping set of stages to best meet your needs.

Envision

Together we will mutually understand the business context, uncover risks & opportunities, and clarify the product vision.

Define

Here we aim to understand the expected users and their goals for the product, create hypotheses and initial user stories, and prioritize features.

Design

We prototype, test, and learn how users interact with your product. We'll craft a visual aesthetic and model interactions based on best practices, and adjust course based on user feedback.

Deliver

In this stage we transform from the conceptual to the tangible. Using best-of-breed technologies and development methodologies, we execute on design, adjust oversight and management, test the systems, and get your product to market.

Measure

Knowing what we're looking to accomplish in the beginning allows us to measure results at the end. Here we compare initial expectations against the delivered solution, and provide recommendations and actions to improve your product.

Cantina’s key strength is that your people have an incredible sense of empathy - for us as entrepreneurs, but more importantly, for users of the app.

— Eli Feldman, Founder of Clothbound

Internet of Things User Experience

The Internet of Things is moving past the hype cycle, and more and more connected products are coming on the market every day. Cantina is an ideal partner for businesses looking to tackle the complexities and scale of IoT products. We focus on user experience and creating products that are more than technology baubles. Our combination of user-focused design and strong technical capabilities give us the foundation for helping you build connected products that will fit people’s needs.

What are your business challenges?

“We believe that our current product can be enhanced with connectivity. IoT and connected products are outside our area of expertise. We need help with the technology and the product redesign. And we need help integrated into the larger IoT ecosystem.”
“We get the technology of IoT, but we want to create a strong experience for our users, and design isn’t our area of expertise. We need help with UX, service design, and shaping a product.”
“We’re an IoT startup with a great concept, funders ready to go, and a lot of enthusiasm for getting started. We’re looking for a partner to help us get our product designed, prototyped, tested, and out the door.”

Why Cantina?

We believe that the interface between humans and IoT devices is the most promising and valuable aspect of this emerging space. Based on our years of experience creating UX for the Web and mobile — backed by our enterprise-grade technical skills — Cantina has the skills you need to build a compelling, usable and secure IoT product or service. Whether it’s on-device or a mobile or Web companion, we can help you craft the digital face of your Thing. And we are here to help with service design, strategy and user research and testing. We do not cover every aspect of IoT. That’s why we are building a strong network of partners to cover the complete IoT development and deployment landscape, from industrial design to manufacturing, and on to shipping.

See Some Examples

Transformed raw technology and prototype software into a deployable mobile product.

View ByteLight

Delivered a new brand and web interface for a groundbreaking IoT solution.

View Elm

Elements

User Research
We can help you gain insights into what features your users need from IoT, and validate products as they’re designed and built.

Off-device User Interfaces
Mobile and Web applications to control and engage with your IoT products and services.

On-device Digital User Interfaces
Creating integrated, screen-based UI for devices provides your users with a flexible and direct interface for connected products.

Continuity Design
Creating consistent UX across the entire product experience.

Conceptual Design
Helping users deal with complex product models.

Service Design
Create the complete experience of using your product, from purchase through use, with a focus on the service touch points beyond the product itself.

IoT Platform Design
Cantina’s Enterprise-Grade Technical Design helps you build robust and scalable systems to support your IoT vision.

Digital Services Integration
Cantina helps you connect to existing services, and select and integrate third party services.

Partner Network
Our partner network gives you access to a broad ranges of services and support to get your product off the ground and into customers’ hands.

The Process

Though every project has its own unique variables, we generally work through an overlapping set of stages to best meet your needs.

Envision

Together we will mutually understand the business context, uncover risks & opportunities, and clarify the product vision.

Define

Here we aim to understand the expected users and their goals for the product, create hypotheses and initial user stories, and prioritize features.

Design

We prototype, test, and learn how users interact with your product. We'll craft a visual aesthetic and model interactions based on best practices, and adjust course based on user feedback.

Deliver

In this stage we transform from the conceptual to the tangible. Using best-of-breed technologies and development methodologies, we execute on design, adjust oversight and management, test the systems, and get your product to market.

Measure

Knowing what we're looking to accomplish in the beginning allows us to measure results at the end. Here we compare initial expectations against the delivered solution, and provide recommendations and actions to improve your product.

Enterprise-Grade Technical Design

Massive project teams and Waterfall are out. Lean and Agile are in, but few agencies have the technical expertise or discipline to deliver. Cantina produces high quality and scalable technical solutions without over-engineering. Spanning architecture, implementation, deployment and operations, our team can assess and improve your technical environment.

What are your business challenges?

“Our team has built a functioning MVP, but how will we scale it to the user base we anticipate?”
“Our technology is rooted in legacy systems. How can we modernize our stack gracefully, and transform the team we have?”
“We have a vision for our product, but the technical challenges seem daunting. How can it be built?"

Why Cantina?

Cantina began as a technical consulting firm, and enterprise-grade technical solutions were the first kinds of projects we took on. Customers grew with us and asked us to also work on related projects (mobile, responsive sites), but we have always prided ourselves on our core capabilities - we are first and foremost an engineering and problem solving company.

See Some Examples

Enriched Vista Higher Learning's platform and integrated their existing product.

View Vista Higher Learning

Reimagined the next generation email marketing platform.

View Epsilon

Elements

Technical Design Workshops
Collaborate with Cantina’s most experienced technical minds to understand your challenges and derive technical requirements.

Technical Proofs of Concept
Minimize risk and validate vendor and component selections through rapid prototyping.

Reference Architecture
Step into an implementation with confidence, knowing that the most complex parts of your system have already been proved out in a technical blueprint.

Continuous Integration
No project leaves the runway without a plan for Continuous Integration. We’re happy to use a suite you’re already working with, or make a recommendation that meets your needs.

Technical Leadership
Let Cantina’s experts lead your integrated project team through a successful implementation using best-of-breed tools, techniques and processes.

Infrastructure & Deployment
Cantina’s Technical Design goes beyond architecture and implementation. We can model, plan and roll out your cloud-based infrastructure, and employ management tools for your ops team.

Knowledge Transfer
No project is complete until you take the reins. Our engineers will work with your team members to ensure you have the expertise you’ll need to take your solution forward.

Performance Tuning & Profiling
Leverage our combined decades of experience to diagnose and alleviate bottlenecks in your existing applications.

The Process

Though every project has its own unique variables, we generally work through an overlapping set of stages to best meet your needs.

Envision

Engage with Cantina’s consultants in small, highly focused teams to understand your technical challenges and identify your goals.

Define

Collaborate with us to turn high-level challenges and goals into specific technical requirements and user stories.

Design

Through lean prototyping, we prove out the most complex parts of your solution. Our findings inform the creation of a Reference Architecture that will guide the implementation.

Deliver

Leading with a Reference Architecture, Cantina’s Boston-based project teams deliver and deploy performant, adaptable, maintainable, tested and documented system implementations.

Measure

Scale should be a part of your product roadmap. We make sure that your solution has all of the right instrumentation to provide the technical insight you need to make it grow.

Cantina helped take us from zero to full application in under a year and a half. When you think about going from a laggard with our legacy platform to leader with this new platform in that burst of time, it is almost unheard of. Because of this success, Epsilon hired Cantina for another project as well.

— Bob Zurek, Senior Vice President of Products at Epsilon

To learn more about responsive design & development, 
mobile product development, 
IoT user experience, or enterprise-grade technical design send us a message below.