As many of you know The Frontier Group has recently relocated to a brand new office in the heart of the Perth CBD. Big things have been happening for us this year and we realised we had outgrown our office in West Perth and that if we wanted to keep growing and keep our clients and team happy we would need a shiny new office to do it all in.
The new space is a fantastic open plan office on the corner of Barrack and Hay St, a short walk from public transport, great coffee, good food and of course closer to our CBD clients; Rio Tinto, Woodside and BHP.
But we knew we wouldn’t feel at home until we threw an office warming party. On the 20th June we opened our doors to family, friends and clients and celebrated the newest phase of The Frontier Group. Friend and client Bar Pop turned the space into a trendy pop up bar for the evening, the tunes were pumping, the turnout was fantastic and it was heartwarming to see so many people celebrating with us. We had a total blast and we hope everyone else did too.
If you couldn’t make it don’t worry, check out the photo below from Friday night.
At The Frontier Group we have been working with TIBCO for quite some time and have been an official Partner for over a year. In recent months we made history with TIBCO in Australia and New Zealand by having the most certifications of any TIBCO Partner. We’re also the only certified TIBCO Spotfire System Integration partner in Australia.
In light of that, we’d like to congratulate Matt, Courtney and Darren on becoming our latest team members to achieve Spotfire certification.
The Tasting Team are a Perth based company that organise and run tasting sessions in bottle shops, pubs and bars. Originally a Perth based service they have experienced massive growth and have proven to be a great success Australia wide. During this period of growth they came to us with an urgent request; they needed a new booking system and revamped website and they needed it quick.
The new booking system needed to handle a rapidly growing number of tasting sessions and staff, as well as have the SMS capabilities that form the backbone of their business coordination. Due to the need for a quick development we leveraged what we know best and built the booking system as a well tested Ruby and Rails app. With some intense tweaking and refinement the end result has become an efficient and easy to use booking system, with a responsive mobile interface for staff, product representatives and clients to use on the go.
One of the less visible benefits from the work has been improved communication. We have implemented automated reporting and communication which has taken some of the pressure off of management staff giving them more time to coordinate. We have also received positive feedback from the product representatives out in the field who are now getting weekly updates and automated feedback about their many upcoming events.
The revamped website needed to work as a portal for both new and existing clients and staff, as well as show off the services The Tasting Team has to offer. We decided on an continuous scrolling design that’s not only slick to look at but quick to design and build.
An important component of the design brief was to show off the small brands and microbreweries The Tasting Team represented.
The Tasting Team Brands
It was equally important for the design to reflect the casual, relaxed and professional sessions they run. We decided to integrate photos from The Tasting Team’s own instagram stream into the design.
Near the end of this project the guys at The Tasting Team approached us to design a simple but striking website to show off their latest venture BARPOP, a pop up bar that transforms any space, rooftop, office or event into a licensed bar with a casual atmosphere.
The design drew inspiration from the the existing logo and bold colour scheme. It needed to reflect the laid back but professional bar experience BARPOP creates and showcase the brands they have on offer. We wanted to create consistency across all of The Tasting Team websites so used the continuous scrolling idea again interspersed with candid photographs of previous BARPOP events that are pulled straight from the BarPop Instagram feed. The end result is a warm, inviting website that enhances the brand. The clients were thrilled and so were we.
Recently we launched the iPhone app for ClimateWatch. The ClimateWatch project was developed by Earthwatch with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the behaviour of Australia’s plants and animals.
Components of the project built by The Frontier Group include a web application for viewing species and managing your observations, as well as an iPhone application for convenient observation recording.
The iPhone app launch has had some press which you can view with the links below:
Earlier this year we were introduced to PetRescue, who were looking for a development company to rebuild their web application that had initially been built and tweaked over the past 8 years by one of the founders.
PetRescue is a not-for-profit organisation that finds new permanent homes for rescue pets. They are Australia’s largest on-line directory of homeless animals, and to date we have helped find new, loving families for over 140,000 pets. PetRescue started in 2004 as a small not-for-profit team dedicated to finding new homes for lost and abandoned pets, with the belief they had something to contribute to improving outcomes for rescue animals across the country.
PetRescue is a web application for both the general public looking to adopt a pet, and rescue groups around the country to list their pets for adoption. Most of the functionality is in the admin interface of the app that makes the website self sufficient, enabling rescue groups complete control over their adoption listings and process.
The PetRescue website receives ~200,000 pageviews per day and had nearly a decade of legacy data, making it a huge task to design and rebuild from the ground up, while maintaining integrity of the existing data. The app was heavily tuned for performance in the launch week, and the site also consists of import/export scripts and an API for various third party websites.
Overall the launch was a success, and PetRescue now have a much improved platform to help rehome the thousands of pets listed each month.