Hearfield Research...

... real-world web design

Hearfield Research designs and makes websites and rich internet applications which address the real needs of our clients.


This list, whilst not exhaustive, gives an overview of some of the work we've done or been involved with. Click the link in the summaries below for further information and illustrations.

To view this list sorted by client, see the clients page. To return to the top of the page, click the ^ next to each project's title.

 ^ Marketing Microsite 

Summer 2006
Kia Motors
Marketing Microsite

Kia Motors needed a marketing microsite to be developed from an existing graphic design to support a direct marketing campaign. Using PHP, XHTML, CSS and JavaScript, we created and tested the site in all of the major browsers before delivering on schedule.

 ^ Marketing Campaign Microsite & Email 

Summer 2006
Marketing Campaign Microsite & Email

The project was to translate an agency sourced PSD file into a rich microsite and html email, then test that the site was pixel perfect in all major browsers and that the email worked for all major desktop and web email clients.

 ^ Artemis Fowl Competition Site 

Summer 2006
Artemis Fowl Competition Site

Developed an engaging, interactive extension to the existing Artemis Fowl website to allow fans to enter a competition by submitting a story, picture, photograph, sculpture or video based on the popular Eoin Colfer characters. Resulting entries were collated from various online hosting solutions and displayed.

 ^ Web Design / Development 

Summer 2006
Triumph Motorcycles
Web Design / Development

Triumph Motorcycles have an excellent, well established consumer facing website and the contract was to perform some business as usual updates to the design and content to support their dealer network and clothing ranges.

 ^ Clothing Retail Site 

Spring 2006
Dirty Knickers
Clothing Retail Site

Performed extensive rescue work on a damaged e-commerce site. Repaired and restored a complex site using PHP, CSS, JavaScript and Flash.

 ^ Portfolio Site 

Spring 2006
Hearfield Research
Portfolio Site

Created this PHP and MySQL portfolio site using XHTML, the presentation of which is then controlled with CSS. A separate administration site was also created to manage the portfolio database.

 ^ Product Launch Material 

Spring 2006
Vitec Group Communications
Product Launch Material

Designed and developed conceptual user interfaces for a new software application being demonstrated for the first time at NAB in Las Vegas and created a Flash movie that ran on a loop over the stand.

 ^ Flash News Site Development 

Autumn 2005
Parallel Blue
Flash News Site Development

The project is a stylish flash-based site, designed by a third party, which includes a dynamic news section. Flash development really can be more art than science and so we helped Broody Designs out with getting the project past some of Flash's peculiar peculiarities.

 ^ Events Calendar Web Site 

Summer 2004 - Ongoing
Cytek Cycles
Events Calendar Web Site

Cytek Cycles is our local bike shop and we can't recommend them highly enough. Over a pint with the owner, we decided the website should list the various local cycling events so that people could get together and go to them. The 'rides calendar' displays events in various categories, and users can create personalised accounts to filter these.

 ^ Web Site 

Spring 2003
Broody Designs
Web Site

Javascript was used to rewrite the underlying CSS as the page is resized, to control sizing and placement of the various on-screen elements, and also in a bespoke menu system to alter the style of menu components, hiding and revealing them in response to user input.

 ^ Virtual Intercom Flash Interfaces 

Spring 2003 - Winter 2005
Virtual Intercom Flash Interfaces

ClearCom supply mission-critical, high-performance voice intercommunications systems worldwide. The problem was to create a management and configuration application with strong visual appeal - buttons can be 'pressed' and knobs 'turned'. The production release used C# Windows Forms with embedded Macromedia Flash user interface objects.

 ^ Earth / Space Communication System 

Autumn 2002 - Winter 2005
Drake Electronics
Earth / Space Communication System

Designing and delivering an application to control communications between Earth and Space, from initial concept design through to user accepted released application. Core application features include a scalable, rich user interface in Flash/DHTML that configures and monitors communication systems in real-time in multiple locations across the globe. Follow-up contracts.

 ^ Web Site Concepts 

Autumn 2002
Jacqueline Kroft
Web Site Concepts

Jacqueline Kroft is a talented singer/songwriter from Toronto, Canada, who wanted some interface concepts for an album support site. We came up with several concepts and narrowed them down to the two basic themes presented here.

 ^ Web Site 

Autumn 2002
James Wace
Web Site

James Wace teaches yoga to individuals, having studied Viniyoga since 1983 in India, France and England. He decided to set up a website to help communicate his approach and provide information for people who may be looking for a yoga tutor.

 ^ Web Forms to Email 

Autumn 2002
Paterson Estates
Web Forms to Email

The project was to convert data from forms on the client's site into an automatically submitted, formatted email.

 ^ Web Forms to Email 

Summer 2002
Learning 4 Business
Web Forms to Email

The project was to convert data from forms on the client's site into an automatically submitted, formatted email.

 ^ Web Forms to Email 

Summer 2002
Magic World Toys
Web Forms to Email

The project was to create a client-side validated online ordering form, then capture and convert the data into an email.

 ^ Web Site Concepts 

Summer 2002
Pangolin Editions
Web Site Concepts

Pangolin Editions Foundry and Gallery Pangolin are amazing places to visit. We were pleased to be asked to develop some concepts for a potential website upgrade and trialled an interesting 360 degree imaging tool to make an example virtual gallery and to allow for rotating views of individual sculptures.

 ^ Web Site Concepts 

Spring 2002
Jon Shipman
Web Site Concepts

The project was to generate a small number of web site user interface concepts for a client of Broody Designs. We selected a core visual approach and then developed a number of variations were developed around that.

 ^ Promotional Web Site - Extinct Species 

Spring 2002
Pangolin Editions
Promotional Web Site - Extinct Species

Pangolin needed a promotional/informational website to support a project with the aim of recreating a dozen extinct Mauritian species in bronze. We specified and delivered a simple, plain design.

 ^ e-Commerce Integration 

Spring 2002
e-Commerce Integration

The project was to design and develop a shopping cart in ASP/VBScript to an existing site and integrate it with the somewhat functionality-challenged API provided by Barclays epdq system.

 ^ Cross-browser DHTML Web Site 

Winter 2001
Hearfield Research
Cross-browser DHTML Web Site

As a design exercise, we decided to create a scrollbar-less cross-browser web site using advanced DHTML which loaded external content in to a single display element. Since then, we have viewed the site in MS IE v4-6, Netscape v4.x-7 as well as Firefow and Opera. It has always looked the same, which was the point.

 ^ In-house Training Management System 

Autumn 2001
In-house Training Management System

The project allowed company employees to use a web interface to browse and sign up for training material and courses from a third party provider, as well as to provide post-course feedback for internal and external consumption.

 ^ In-house Skills Register 

Summer 2001
In-house Skills Register

The project enabled standard web access to the in-house Lotus Notes skills register using ASP and MS Access '97 without requiring Lotus Domino. After requirements analysis, led a team of three developers building an application to integrate with MS Access '97, providing full workflow support to feed an ASP web front-end.

 ^ Management Information System 

Spring 2001
Hitachi Europe
Management Information System

The project was to create a management interface for a smart-card based payment system. Leading a small development team, an application was designed and developed in DHTML, JSP and EJB which allowed the client to view and manage account data.

 ^ CRM Interface Design 

Spring 2001
London Borough of Bromley
CRM Interface Design

Sole user interface design authority on a £multi-million e-Point CRM project. Designed, developed and delivered a developer-maintainable web interface using javascript, CSS and XSLT. The interface design approach was subsequently adopted by ePoint.

 ^ Financial Transaction Management System 

Winter 2000 - Spring 2001
Financial Transaction Management System

DataCash provides outsourced payment processing solutions for the real time authorisation and settlement of credit and debit cards, corporate purchasing cards, private label store cards, direct debits, direct credits and cheques. Leading a team of four, built an HTML user interface was built to run on JSP middleware and interface with a Java back-end written by another team.

 ^ WAP Phonebook 

Autumn 2000
WAP Phonebook

Led an initiative to enable access to the company phonebook through WAP devices. Designed and delivered a searchable ASP/MS Access application which returned phone numbers that were immediately dialable.

 ^ Kiosk-based Online Shopping 

Autumn 2000 - Spring 2001
Exel Logistics
Kiosk-based Online Shopping

The project was to create a kiosk-based online shopping system with delivery of purchased items provided by the client. Called in to replace a major design agency, re-designed and prototyped the interface for web, kiosk and WAP delivery platforms, delivering a cross-platform application based on Intershop enFinity.

 ^ WAP Maps 

Summer 2000
WAP Maps

The project was to enable delivery of user-navigable maps to WAP enabled devices. The solution delivered tiled images to devices as requested by a WML user interface, from a back-end written in Java by the team.

 ^ Human Resources Management Application 

Summer 2000
Hitachi Europe
Human Resources Management Application

The requirement was a forms based intranet application that did not look like one. From workshops with appropriate decision makers a design was developed and delivered, making extensive use of frames to deliver a high-tech look and feel.

 ^ Online Personal Information Manager 

Summer 2000
Online Personal Information Manager

The aim was to create an online personal information management (PIM) system, complete with email, address book, web favourites and calendar. From requirements capture and analysis, designed and delivered an interface that integrated with a JSP / EJB application created by the development team.

 ^ Promotions Management System 

Spring 2000 - Summer 2000
Bacardi Martini
Promotions Management System

Creation of a Notes-based system that guided the user through the process of designing and delivering a new marketing promotion, from writing the agency brief to a post-match review of the promotion. Ran workshops with appropriate decision makers and the previous development team and trained key high-level individuals. Follow-up contract to design and develop additional toolsets.

 ^ Bug Tracking Tool 

Summer 1999
Bug Tracking Tool

Designed and developed a Lotus Notes-based bug tracking tool for internal software development projects. The application had full workflow support and used a dynamic interface to lead developers and testers through the process.

 ^ Intranet-based Document Management System 

Spring 1999
DHL Worldwide Express
Intranet-based Document Management System

From requirements capture and process analysis, led a small team designing and developing an intranet-based document management application. Appropriate business processes were then developed to support the final deployment.

 ^ Knowledge Management Tool 

Winter 1998
Knowledge Management Tool

Led an initiative to specify and design an in-house KM tool using Lotus Notes. Performed requirements capture and analysis. Designed and delivered a multi-database application.

 ^ Document Work-In-Progress Tool 

Winter 1998 - Spring 1999
Document Work-In-Progress Tool

Designed and developed a multi-database Lotus Notes application to manage the development of company internal documentation.

 ^ Infrastructure Management System 

Autumn 1998
Infrastructure Management System

From requirements capture and analysis, designed and developed a Notes application to automate the process of software / hardware requests to a third party provider, integrating with their systems.

 ^ Intranet Strategy and Prototype 

Autumn 1998
National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
Intranet Strategy and Prototype

Analysed requirements and business processes in order to formulate an intranet strategy and rollout plan, then designed and developed prototype interfaces and demonstrated them over several days at the Association's AGM in York.

 ^ In-house Web Publishing Strategy 

Summer 1998
In-house Web Publishing Strategy

Led an initiative to develop strategy for in-house publishing on the corporate web site. Designed, documented and delivered a strategy for the publication of internally generated documents such as case studies, on the corporate website over 1 month.

 ^ Intranet Strategy for the Welsh Assembly 

Summer 1998 - Autumn 1998
Welsh Office
Intranet Strategy for the Welsh Assembly

Performed requirements capture, business process analysis and needs identification through meetings, interviews and workshops. Subsequently assisted in designing the Intranet and Strategy for the soon-to-be Welsh Assembly over 2 months.

 ^ RTF to HTML Converter 

Spring 1998 - Summer 1998
European Commission
RTF to HTML Converter

The EC funded a project to create a tool to convert rich text format documents into websites, to allow easier online publishing for community academics. The role was simply marketing support, raising awareness by means of flyers, email and demonstrations at a convention in Brussels which saw downloads increase by over 1200%.

 ^ Corporate Web Site 

Winter 1997 - Spring 1998
Rowland Business Services

Designed and developed a corporate presence website, giving details of the services offered by the group.

 ^ Internet and IT Strategy 

Winter 1997 - Spring 1998
Rowland Business Services

The project was to develop a range of internet based service offerings and design a marketing strategy to support their launch.

 ^ Internet and Marketing Consultancy 

Summer 1997 - Winter 1997
SNR Corporate Development

Technical and corporate / marketing strategy consultancy.