Blog: custom development

eBlox Launches Hard Hat Customizer for 3M

3M's Hard Hat Customizer screen shot

We’re pleased to announce the launch of 3M™’s Hard Hat Customizer, a nifty tool that allows buyers to configure and preview custom hard hats and then send them on for production. This is the first tool of its kind for 3M’s Personal Safety Division, and includes real-time logo preview, text imprint preview, and even allows buyers to see what Scotchlite™ reflective material and Uvicator™ sensors look like on their hat.

Buyers can upload their own logos or choose from a variety of stock logos, and the system, developed entirely in Java and JSF by eBlox, handles submissions, review, revision and approval, as well as replacement of logos where necessary.

eBlox designed the user experience, interface and workflow for the system, in collaboration with 3M. Key features include rules-based configuration options (in other words, certain options invalidate others); complete logo and project management for users; a low-friction approval process; and a cool drop-down calculator that shows the pricing details of your order at any time during the process. Check it out if you get a chance, and order some hard hats!

About Australia launches

About Australia travel web site

About Australia is built on a combination of WordPress and custom-developed code

We’re proud to launch, a comprehensive travel website for South Pacific adventures. This was our first really huge WordPress project–we’ve done plenty of them before, but this one manages hundreds of pages and leverages custom code and integration to drive quite a bit of the content from a legacy database system. It’s also loaded with cool JQuery features like content sliders and dynamic galleries. It’s quite possibly the most comprehensive resource on South Pacific travel available on the web.

The wonderful folks at About Australia came to eBlox with an aging web site based on proprietary code. The site performed well in organic search (primarily from age and depth of content) but wasn’t very user-friendly. eBlox developed a completely new visual brand for the company, including logo and overall look and feel.

Then came the fun part: Dealing with hundreds of custom itineraries, each created from thousands of individual components. As a travel wholesaler, About Australia leverages regional expertise to build trips suited perfectly to nearly every need, from scuba diving to escorted tours. Translating all that into a hierarchical information architecture proved to be the biggest challenge. The browsing experience on the site is designed to take the visitor quickly to the list of trips most appropriate for their interests, and its combined with cross-referenced destinations and interests so visitors can quickly move from place to place.

Of course, as with any information-rich site, search is also a key component, and the search feature of About Australia was fine-tuned to deliver accurate trip results. To improve conversion, eBlox added live chat and more aggressive CTAs to the site, and content like photography was beefed up greatly.

We’re really happy with the result—it’s user-friendly, performs well and provides a great information resource for anyone looking to travel to the South Pacific. Check it out and let us know what you think!