InsideHR is the internal HR newsletter at AMEX, a key way for their 800+ HR employees to stay connected. They wanted to transform this well-followed newsletter into an online publishing platform, complete with enhanced social features.
Our friends at Theo and Sebastian were the direct clients. They contracted us to design the site under their direction and to develop it.
The main design challenge was to create a tone that was on-brand and clean, while creating a sense of fun and improvisation that elevated this site past stock corporate communication. We solved this problem by creating a hodgepodge of coordinating (but deliberately disparate) modules which tiled together on the page to create a collage-like effect. Each module style is clean in and of itself, but they clash just enough to differentiate this platform.
Users can like, share, and comment on the articles, and even add their own “community posts”. Curated content is merged with key calendar dates, job openings, and news feeds to create a unique mosaic on every visit. The system is private to HR employees, creating a “safe space” for discussion to begin.
The development had an added wrinkle: We needed first-class IE7 support. We tried to design as close to the IE7 version as possible – trying to create the nicest website 2006 had ever seen. This meant a cleaner, tighter codebase with less special considerations just for older browsers.
Nikki is an executive coordinator living in Costa Mesa, CA whose expertise lies in organization. She has been part of many different types of businesses in this capacity and believes that helping others achieve their goals is a really great way to spend her days.
Andrew is a web developer living just outside Toronto, Canada. He pairs his front- and back-end development skills with a background in marketing, communications and project management to bring attractive, robust and effective solutions to Cantilever’s clients.
Ty is a designer, developer, and manager. He combines his visual sense with strategic intuition to provide high-value design solutions for our clients. He has written on design for the Huffington Post and has been interviewed for CNN.com, VIBE Magazine and radio.
Chris is an administrative specialist. His expertise lies in project management and business process re-design and melds his broad experience from a consulting career at Accenture with a computer science background to bring structure and quality service to Cantilever’s clients.
Ernesto is our ops specialist. He is very passionate about all the processes related to the software development cycle, from gathering requirements to delivering finished code, and even understanding how customers use it and how it could be improved.
JT is a graphic designer and front-end developer currently based in Chattanooga, TN. With previous experience in both NYC and Austin, TX, he has had the opportunity to design major advertising campaigns, event experiences, rebrands, and more. His two cats love crashing video conference calls.
Rebecca is our jane of all trades, optimizing the Cantilever team’s work with smart organization, project management, and scheduling. She is also tasked with QA, catching mistakes before they reach our clients.
Adrienne wears a lot of hats: backend code monkey, ExpressionEngine and CraftCMS expert, HTML/CSS/JS crafter, SQL consultant, technology evangelist, and geek-of-all-trades. She’s always looking for ways to improve both her skills and her codebases, and she loves solving tricky problems for clients.
Rina is our most recent addition to the team and still needs a bio!