FRMWRK.IO is a platform that allows for rapid design and development of web and mobile applications. It leverages the component-based architecture of React and React Native for efficient frontend development, while using the popular Django web framework for quick backend development. The platform also includes a powerful Content Management System (CMS) for content entry as well as a unified Application Programming Interface (API) for fetching the data and displaying to the frontend.
FRMWRK.IO follows a component-based pattern. Instead of thinking in terms of pages, the platform approaches a project in terms of its components. The advantage of this approach is that components can be reused across multiple sections of the project. Approaching projects using components greatly increases reuse while at the same time greatly simplifying a project's code, as the focus is on small, manageable pieces.
For the backend, the developer only needs to define their content models and automatically the CMS and API will be generated. By leveraging common patterns of web and app development, FRMWRK.IO streamlines the backend development process to simply defining database models. Configuration of the CMS and APIs can then be progressively customized for more complex situations. We leverage the Django Object Relational Mapping (ORM) as the basis of our model implementation while maintaining a flexible API that intelligently caches and exposes the data to the frontend.
Newark, New Jersey is a city with a rich and diverse history. Residents of the city have made their mark on art, music, architecture, and philosophy. For Newark’s 250th anniversary, the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor Bureau wanted to establish a walking tour to engage its citizens and provide a means to celebrate Newark’s place in history.
We were brought on by Merje Design to help design and develop a mobile tour app for the city. The app was a companion to the on-street signage, providing users a real-time position of their current location and expanded information about the destinations along the tour. The app uses a highly detailed, GPS-based map providing visitors, residents, and students a quick understanding of the points of interest in the downtown district.
The app serves as a portal to learn about the rich history of the city. With highly curated tours, users can see a detailed route supplemented with an audio narration, a written history of each destination, and supporting videos and image galleries. Additionally with the dynamic “walk ring“ users can easily determine how long it will take to walk somewhere. At the end of the tour, a summary page pops up noting the estimated amount of time it took to take the tour, calories burned and distance traveled.
Built using our platform, FRMWRK.IO, which allowed us to avoid the need to develop a unique codebases for each operating system, and streamlined the content management for the city’s staff through a tailored interface. The platform easily integrated with the city's event feed with the ability to view upcoming events, filter based on preferences, and see what the weather will be like on that day.
The app also featured stylized icons for the city's historical landmarks.
The printed maps and on-street signage leveraged our custom designed landmarks to ensure continuity across all touchpoints.