What We Do
We turn your idea into reality! Founded in 2012 Down River Design is a full service software/application design, development, and video production firm.
Who We Are
We are a team of young and energetic individuals who invest hours into building you the best and most solid products. We love to get as excited about your project as you are!
You have to start somewhere and that somewhere is the visual face of your company. Our designs are clean, modern, and represent a groundbreaking new approach for your company. The Down River Design graphics team are by far the most expressive of the bunch- a loquacious crew brimming with creativity. Our design approach is simple – create a look that the competition cannot match. A lofty goal perhaps, but not unreasonable. We’ll differentiate your business and position you at the head of the class.
Web App Development
We could bore you with flashy credentials and coding speak or simply tell you we have some ASP.NET and PHP players in-house that will blow your mind. These aren’t your stereotypical introverted engineers socked away in our business cubicles – they’re front and center with natural light, and all the tools needed to maintain fluid communication with you from start to finish. Ecommerce, large scale custom application development, simple mom and pop sites -whatever your need or size, your web applications can be entrusted to Down River Design.
Mobile App Development
Mobile app development is one of our stronger service areas and the app literally didn’t exist until very recently. It’s always fun to be on the cutting edge and this is also an area where talents collide – our design team and backend engineers all collaborate when we build an application for iPhone, iPad, Android, or tablets. Custom built ready-to-run enterprise and customer apps, as well as multi channel design apps – whatever your specific need – we have it all! After development they will be released by our experienced team in their respective app stores.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a metropolitan library full of words. We offer creative full service video production, video strategy and distribution planning – our range of video production services can push through whatever challenge your company faces. The Down River video production team typically engages at a research and concept development stage, irons out the content strategy, then moves on to HD quality production featuring a range of animations and graphics along with time-lapse video capabilities.
Projects we are proud of
People we love working with
New Orleans based designers and developers
Daniel Crowley is the founder of Down River Design. He was born in Minnesota but raised in Massachusetts. He lived there until he attended Tulane University in New Orleans, graduating with a business degree in Finance. He decided to start Down River Design in 2011 after a frustrating experience developing his own app. Daniel leads most projects and deals directly with anything mobile and web application related. Daniel enjoys running/exercising, golf, and scuba diving. Feel free to contact Daniel directly for any and all questions.
Video Production Engineer
Brighton Linge was born and raised right here in New Orleans. Brighton has always had a passion for cinematography which spurred him to attend UNC School of Arts. He has worked on many projects including De Ja Vu and The Vanilla Ice Project. He has also done work for NFL films. Brighton has unmatched talents in creating visually stunning videos for any and all fields. Contact Brighton at any time to pitch your idea!
Web Development Specialist
Originally from Cleveland Ohio, Brian Cook is a graduate of Tulane University and handles all things web at Down River. Brian focuses on responsive designs that look great on phones, tablets, and desktops. He is a pro at taking the vision of a small business and turning it into a reality. For a one-on-one website consultation shoot Brian an email.
Vikas has what it takes to bring in revenue to your company. And that’s really what it all boils down to…. Vikas has the expertise and the know-how coming from and MBA in marketing along with 7+ years of industry experience. He will help you set up & maintain marketing campaigns that will drive in more leads and traffic that you will know how to handle. Contact Vikas to discuss the endless possibilities!
Our thoughts on web trends and technology
Why You Need a Mobile App for Your Business
Whether big or small, a business can benefit a lot from a mobile app. These apps are an integral part of any business. It is no longer enough to only have a website and leave it at that. If you want to get more clients, you have to make your marketing strategies more personal and the best way to do this today is through the use of mobile apps. So, why does your business necessarily need a mobile app?
Long gone are the days mobile phones were built with no Internet access capabilities. Cellphones have moved from Edge Internet connectivity to LTE. This makes it possible for you to promote your products at a more personal level through the Internet. All you need is a mobile app; apps have proven to be the future of computing. Developing an app for a business is beneficial and the strategy is being used today for trading, commerce, payment and product promotion.
The cost of mobile app development is often scary to most businesses. However, with there being many app developers in the industry, the cost of development has been reduced significantly. In addition to that, you can create an app and use the many monetizing techniques to earn side income. For example, you can make use of in-app advertising where you rent advertising space to other advertisers.
Reach more customers
If you want to beat your competitors, you should consider promoting your products and services through a range of channels. Online marketing is effective but it certainly doesn’t help you reach all your customers. A mobile app will add to your market reach. The app will further the scope as well as reach of your business. The more channels you use in marketing the more people you will be able to reach.
Showcase your products
Another great thing about a mobile app is that it can be designed to showcase your products and services. When users open your app, they can have instant access to all your products under a new tab. You can also use the app to give interesting discounts and other offers that will compel consumers to make a purchase or visit your website or business. Simply put, a mobile app is an easy way of spreading the good word.
Make it easier for your clients to contact you
At times, some consumers turn to your competitors because they don’t remember your contact details. The mobile app will help deal away with this problem. Once it is downloaded on their smartphones, your users will have your contacts on their fingertips.
With the mobile industry booming like it is right now, you will be at a loss if you don’t invest in a mobile app. These apps can benefit any business. The important thing is to work with an expert and put your audience’s needs first. The app you create should be user-friendly and practical to your audience. Embracing modern technology is guaranteed to give the right results for your business.
Benefits of Working with a Young Team
Since time immemorial, people have always leaned on the old service providers because they believe they are more experienced. The naked truth, however, is that even after years of working experience, some people remain the same; their skills never advance. What is more is that some experienced service providers are irresponsive to change. In this modern age, there are many benefits of working with a young team. Here are some of them.
Full of energy
The key advantage of hiring a young team, especially is application development is because they are full of energy. This is regardless of whether the work to be done is manual or mental. The abundance of energy and the natural thirst for knowledge will help get the best results from any project. The fact that this is one of their first real jobs means they will have a strong eagerness to learn, develop their career and will focus more on perfection in order to build their reputation. The young team wants to push themselves and make a lasting impression.
They can develop your workforce
Another great thing about working with a young team is that they offer a cost effective way to grow a workforce. In addition to that, hiring a young team will give you an opportunity to influence the kind of employee you want them to be. They are more adaptable to change.
They bring enthusiasm
Though the young team may lack the experience, they are driven by their eagerness to excel hence easier to train. They will not keep telling you why a certain idea is bad simply because they have been working on similar projects for years. They will listen to your idea, evaluate it and use their fresh minds to help you improve. Statistically, a young team has a higher ability to be molded; they are enthusiastic and have a high willingness to learn.
Understand your audience
Let’s be realistic, a good number of your clients is made up of young people. To address their needs in a more focused way, you will need to work with a team that understands your audience at a personal level. You can only get this from a young team.
They are technology conscious
When it comes to technology related projects, there is no team better to do the work than a young team. Technology keeps on changing and for the older teams, adapting to new changes can be difficult. A team that was born in the age of the computer and the World Wide Web is the best for your app and web development needs.
The above are just some of the reasons why you should consider working with a young team. Even so, do not assume that every team that comes your way is the right one to work with. There are a number of considerations you need to make to ensure you are about to hire a team that is fully equipped to work on your projects. The most important consideration to make is that on professional training. Is the team well trained?
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Important Tips for Creating a Business Mobile App
Technology is advancing at a very high rate. Failure to keep up with the trends can leave you at a disadvantage in the competitive business world. The newest addition to the product marketing world is the mobile app. This is a simple tool that is downloaded and installed in the consumer’s smartphone. The consumer can then enjoy its content which could be entertainment or anything else interesting whereas the seller can promote his products and services through the app. Often, these apps are online based so while the consumer is using it, real time promotions can be sent to him/her. If you are thinking about developing a mobile app for your business, you should take note of the following points.
While some businesses prefer in-house mobile app development, outsourcing is a much better choice. When you outsource, you will be able to get your app developed by an experienced team that is conscious about the newest trends in app development. What is more is that outsourcing will free you of all concerns related to app development. Working with an offsite app developer is more affordable and will give you the desired results in a shorter time span. Hiring a local development company will also ensure that he/she is accessible at all times.
Discuss with your team
You might be the boss but your ideas may not always be all-inclusive. If you want to develop a good mobile app, you will have to discuss with your team. Brainstorm some ideas and know what they think about your ideas. During the discussions, weed out the unnecessary functionalities which may make your app complicate or inflate the costs. The app you create should be free of clutter, easy to use and practical. Once the app has been created, work doubly hard to check and get rid of all the bugs before you release it to the public.
Compatibility is a must
For the best results from a mobile app, you have to create an app that can be run on various platforms. The more people use the app the better. Do not restrict access to the iOS users only. Android is quickly dominating the market and so is Windows. The BlackBerrys are still being used widely across the globe. In simple words, make your mobile app available on various platforms.
Have a mobile website
When clicking on the links on the mobile app, you don’t expect your consumers to be happy if they are redirected to a desktop-based website. You have to create a mobile website; a site that can load and run smoothly on various screen sizes. This is the only way you will be guaranteed of achieving the best results.
The aforementioned points will help you create a better mobile app. All in all, to meet the needs of your clients with precision, you have to do a bit of research to find the right developer and to determine the best content for your audience. Interviewing your audiences and looking at the statistics will help know what to include and what to leave out in your app.
The Down River story
Down River Design is a New Orleans based design and development firm with a focus on iOS and Android apps, responsive websites, and video production. We have enthusiastically thrown our all into managing the development, programming and design needs of small, medium and large firms. Three short years ago we hammered out a vision of an all-inclusive design and development approach. A tailored service that regardless of the size of the firm would be highly personalized, flexible, and competitive. Based off years of industry experience and a shared enthusiasm for unique development and marketing solutions, the Down River Design team was formed to complement any company seeking to increase their online presence.
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