Our Process Is Designed To Keep You Sane

We have worked with a lot of clients since we opened Northward Compass. In every single project our goal has always been to solve actual problems.

We realized early on that process can make or break not only a project but a studio. It’s not enough that we solve problems, we want to do it in a way that makes you happy, too. Here’s how we do it.

Each Project Starts With Research

In order to build the right thing you have to first know what you’re building. That seems obvious, but it’s usually overlooked. We’ll spend time researching the best path for your project before we do any other work. Then, when we have something solid, we’ll start into the concept phase.

In this part we might research your competition, or just figure out how people are trying to find content like yours. It’s not formulaic, and every project is different. But quality research makes all the difference.

Then We Design

We take your objectives and our research and start to give it life. That means taking it from a wire-frame to a series of gray boxes with real content. When that feels comfortable to us, we’ll create a polished design of a few pages and send it your way. Here we come to a complete stop.

We’ll iterate on the designs until you’re happy. The full stop here keeps the project deadlines and budget in check. Only when everyone is ready will we actually start building. You wouldn’t build a house without knowing where the walls are, so why do that with your digital project?

And Then, We Build

When we do start work, we’ll create a series of templates in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Here you’ll get to see how they work responsively (in mobile, tablet, and desktop situations).

When we complete the templates we’ll come to one last full stop. If you’re happy with the templates, we’ll start the final stages of getting your site, app, or game out the door.

After The Project

It’s unfortunate that so many studios sever communication after handing over the project. We’re not like that.

When you have questions, we’re there to help. If a bug shows up, we’ll fix it. But most importantly, we want to empower you to run your own site without our help. We’ll give you training materials to teach you how things work, and help you when you need.

Taking The First Step

If this sounds good to you, send us a quick note about your project. We would love to hear from you.

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Our Studio... Summarized

Founded by David Brooks in 2010, Northward Compass is a small, distributed design shop that claims Orlando, Florida as home. We specialize in dynamic, interactive, and modern web sites, applications, and games.