White Paper: Responsive Design vs a Mobile Site

Our team is currently working on a series of white papers and have just finished our first one, which introduces businesses to two strategies for designing and developing a site that targets mobile traffic. We invite you to learn how to decide which strategy works best for you.

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About Us

Located in Portland, Oregon, Planet Argon designs and develops web-based products for desktop and mobile platforms.

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Contiki Holidays

When Contiki—worldwide leader in vacations for 18-35 year-olds—first came to us all they needed was some help on a small development project. Today we are helping to manage their global web presence through a brand-focused and custom built web application that is one part social media and one part sales tool.

During the spring of 2007, Contiki, whose web team is based in London, approached us with an interesting challenge. We were asked to take their existing Ruby on Rails web site and connect it, through a web service, to their larger parent company’s booking engine, which has been under development for ten years. A month after the start of the working relationship, we began to assist them with basic enhancements to their existing site, specifically to improve their test coverage and help plan for an upcoming web site redesign.

Before we officially came on to the project, Contiki contracted a graphic design team to provide the initial page concepts for the new Contiki website. We were responsible for designing and developing a custom Content Management System that would power the new site. The system was designed to accommodate each of their selling regions, which have their own Operations and Marketing departments. We spent several months working with their Operations departments to design and develop a workflow that would allow them to manage their upcoming print and web-based brochures, which included the management of tour itineraries and optional activities that their customers could purchase in addition to the tours.

There are a number of new features that were introduced in the new site. Contikipedia articles are pieces of editorial content created by Contiki staff along with corresponding user comments. People are now able to save trips and articles for future reference within the system, email their friends about upcoming trips, and share photos from their adventures on Contiki.com with their friends, family, and the rest of the Contiki community.

In the fall of 2008 Contiki.com went through another large scale redesign to align the look and feel of the website with the next year’s brochures. We worked with the Contiki web team and global brand manager to incorporate the visual design put forth by team of graphic designers. Our work with Contiki continues as we introduce improvements to the workflow and new features in response to the needs of the business, including allowing Contiki team members to manage promotional campaigns on each of the regional web sites and improving the user experience, particularly with the tour booking process.

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Ask about our work on Contiki Holidays

URL: http://contiki.com

Services Provided

  • Web Design & Development
      • Collaborative ideation
    • DESIGN
      • Information architecture
      • Interaction design
      • Interface development
      • Ruby on Rails application development
      • Ongoing application maintenance
      • Ongoing consulting

What the client says

Planet Argon stands a world apart from any other web development agency I’ve ever worked with. After coming to several dead ends with other vendors, Planet Argon’s dedication and ingenuity when it came to evolving our business processes to help us become more efficient and self-reliant are both refreshing and unprecedented. Their creative solutions to our website challenges are always discussed thoroughly with our team before development takes place, and they are executed very quickly with great results. Planet Argon continuously demonstrates that they’re focused on providing ways to optimize our business and improve our quality of work.

Karthika Mayo, Contiki Holidays

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Olivia Halfen

Olivia is our Senior Project Manager and has a notoriously infectious laugh! Her project management skills were rightly evident at an early age, at a time when she was managing her and her sister’s Lego building and Barbie playing escapades.

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