The Hero’s Journey
If facing a call to adventure, trodding through challenges, or working on the return, we’re the Mentor needed to face The Cave. While our work page sings tales of our past adventures, here you’ll find the archetypes of a story that’s yet to be told.
Planning sets the stage. Clients rely on our product experience and often utilize Envy Labs as a stand-in CTO. While our size and expertise allow for course corrections, bringing us in early sidesteps poor stack choices and slipshod features.
Whether this is your first venture or your thousandth, we’ll tailor a consult to your situation. Here, the idea is to refine a scope, pick the best technology stack currently available, and set technical requirements for proper estimates and timeframes.
The danger zone for projects is littered with loosely-defined line items and shifting priorities. Before we write a single line of code, we take inventory and organize your application with low-fidelity wireframes and mockups. Here, the full application can be explored and changes are pain‑free.
We’re passionate about colors, shapes, and type (more on those topics in the Design section), but the sum of your users’ escapades and emotions plays a greater role towards success. Everyone at Envy Labs has a hand in research, flow, and nailing customer delight.
Your users expect gratifying, accessible interfaces that fit whatever device they’re holding. Our design team’s prowess lies beyond marketing fluff: complex interactions and data fall into place as though they were preordained.
User Interface Design
Here’s where color theory, illustrative excellence, and type history all come into play. We don’t just make professional assets look good, we even make user-generated content look professional.
Interface design is more than wireframes plus a coat of paint. Our team produces living style guides — a full digital representation of your application, complete with every element and its accompanying states.
Volumes of data can be refined into a digestible story, or we can assist in adding interactive tools for users to explore for themselves.
Responsive applications require more than width flexibility: your customers’ capabilities will vary widely when it comes to performance, connection speed, device type, and environment.
Envy Labs was founded by four developers, and the planting of that flag has directed us since. As a top Rails shop and practitioners of Ember since its inception, our developers combine pace, efficiency, and insight that you’ll depend on.
Ruby on Rails
Rails and Envy Labs have been inseparable since the beginning, including conference training workshops, scalable apps, and the first two Code School courses. For the development team, it has surpassed English and vi as the national language.
Ember, React, Friends
We’ve been pushing the boundaries of Ember since the days prior to v1, and are similarly well-versed in pairing libraries like React, Vue, and Angular with back-end technologies including Node and Ruby.
Whether we’re providing storage for a singular application or developing the source of truth organization-wide, we’ll create a documented data hub for proper consumption.
Pairing the best parts of React with the necessary native frameworks, we’re able to extend your reach to wherever your users reside, even if that residence has a mobile app store ZIP Code.
All the work and effort put into making your application a reality would all be for naught if it’s unreachable or buckles under load. We can configure servers and work with your IT staff to ensure scalability and monitoring. Post launch, maintenance, and future feature development are options we love to explore.
Content delivery, load testing, workers, caching — the best offense is a well-configured environment before it’s necessary.
Pushing new code to production shouldn’t require a rain dance and blood sacrifice. Our developers are so good at DevOps and server config even our designers can deploy!
Monitoring and Iteration
Uptime and error monitoring ensures you’ll know about problems before your customers do. As data rolls in, we can be on-hand for changes or maintenance.