At Kyan we pride ourselves in having all the skills you need under one roof. We don’t outsource any web design or development work.
When we first opened our doors back in 2003 (that’s before YouTube or Facebook, and about the same time Opal Fruits became Starburst) web agencies tended to be either creative or technical. We started a company that would have just the right blend of designers and developers — and that still holds true today.
Web application development
We get our kicks from making systems that make your work easier, quicker and more efficient. The largest chunk of our day is spent designing and developing custom online business systems, be it for blue-chip corporate clients, fresh-faced start-ups or local SMEs.
We’ve worked for some of the big boys out there: Orange, AXA Insurance, and Jardine Lloyd Thompson amongst others. Equally, we relish the challenge of building a brand new system from the ground up. It’s not all about the glory of working with big names but more about delivering solutions that have real impact for our clients, leaving us with a warm feeling inside. Why not have a look at some of our projects?
Our approach to web development is agile and iterative: we get going quickly, listen to what you say and develop a bespoke system accordingly. We don’t believe in spending your money writing long-winded project specifications and stuffy documentation that no-one will read beyond the development of the project. We would rather use the time to get the first release live, and develop the system based on actual user feedback rather than guess work.
Ruby on Rails
At the heart of our development toolset is Ruby on Rails: a development framework based on the Ruby programming language that is particularly well suited to developing web applications fast. We’ve been working with Rails since its inception in 2005 and we’ve found it invaluable to our development methods.
We love test driven development because it encourages simple design and good quality maintainable code. Problems are caught earlier in the development thus reducing the amount of debugging required. New features can quickly be tested to detect conflicts with existing functionality. Test cases act as a living breathing specification that clearly define how the application should work.
We also like to provide you with the tools to keep your website up-to-date without the need for our input. This maybe a custom Content Management System (CMS) designed to work exactly as you want it or it could be using a pre-built solution that can be easily plugged into. Ultimately, it’s about delivering a solution at a level that you are comfortable with.
Designed to suit you, and you only
All Kyan website designs are individual, one-off and based on your exact requirements.
We don’t use cookie-cutter templates and we don’t fit your site into a pre-existing design. All our sites are designed in the UK by our expert full-time staff and we don’t use contractors. God (or is it the devil?) is in the detail and we like to be in complete charge over all stages of the project development to be sure of the quality of the work. We’re not control freaks (honest!) but an eye for detail and an inclination towards pedantry is a badge of honour at Kyan Towers.
Design isn’t just pushing pixels around a page, it’s how you communicate your message to your customers. At Kyan we think we have the best blend of artistic ability and technical knowledge to help you.
We hope you are interacting well with our site and are only moments away from getting in touch. UX is about presenting your message in a consistent and accessible way. Your design shouldn’t stand between your customers and your service. We strongly believe in the power of great design to help communicate your message, and we have the technical expertise to enhance that.
Content is king
Ultimately it’s the text content of your website that will appeal to your customers and that will help you get good ranking search engine result pages. Whilst we don’t write copy here at Kyan we do know what works and are happy to advise you. If you don’t fancy the challenge yourself we have a team of professional copywriters whose services we can call on.
Search engine marketing
Our websites are built following accepted web standards and using semantic markup that means that they are highly discoverable and will not put up any barriers to search engines. As with most things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to optimising and marketing your website or application. We will work with you to work out the best approach to getting your pages to perform in the way you want.
We really care about making websites and applications which are usable by every visitor. Why put up artificial barriers when, with a little planning up front, you can maximise your audience? Our sites are designed with common accessibility problems in mind, and use semantic markup so screen-readers can access your content easily.