Kick Punch Labs is a full-stack mobile and web development firm. We’ve been in business for four years, but we have over 20 years combined experience within our team. We’ve worked for companies such as HP, Sony, Agilent and tons of successful startups. We don’t just work with clients. We educate them on the ins and outs of development, so they can continue to grow their app idea after deployment.
Our goal is to bring your app idea to life. We take complex ideas and turn them into vibrant user experiences. Kick Punch Labs takes you from vision to complete app development. Our team prides itself in helping clients build apps for both Google Play and Apple’s App Store. We can perform full-stack development from start to finish or help you finish those last-minute changes on a current app.
Mobile app development is the core for numerous successful online businesses. We provide you with a full-stack development strategy to take your idea from vision to app development and deployment.
Apple’s iOS operating system runs on iPads and iPhones. We create mobile apps fully functional on any current Apple mobile operating system.
Google Play is one of the biggest mobile markets. Android development allows you to put your app in front of millions of users connected to Google’s app store.
Every business needs a web presence. We create web applications that put you on the Internet map and provide your customers with a way to find your business location, products and services.
We provide you with a general concept design and workable product to ensure that we’re both on the same page with vision and direction. A prototype contains a basic design with minimal features to present to you before full development.
Design is the foundation for usability and user experience. We provide you with a layout and graphics that make your site stand out from the competition.
2D design is the flat, retro-looking design popular in mobile app development, especially gaming. It’s used for gaming or traditional app designs and interfaces.
3D design is popular with gaming applications, but it can be used with other types of apps. 3D designs bring your app to life and give images a more realistic look.
A logo defines your brand, and we can bring that brand to life. We provide you with a logo that your customers won’t forget. An unforgettable logo can put you ahead of your competition.
Branding is what sets you apart from your competitors. It’s an important part of a company’s image. We design and develop a branding strategy that makes your business unforgettable.
Search Engine Optimization is the process of making your site crawlable by search engines. Our code is fully compatible with all major search engines including Google, Yahoo and Bing.
Documentation is needed for several reasons. The first is so that we understand your vision. We translate that vision to documentation for the designer and developer. Documentation is broken down into three parts.
These notes are the technical aspects of your app. We need to know how each feature functions to accurately design and code your app. This documentation takes us step-by-step through the application screens and functionality requirements. It’s the main documentation used to answer any functionality questions during the development process. It should be as detailed as possible.
User stories define your main audience. They describe your customers and users. User stories define your customers’ daily habits, pain points, hobbies, and why they would want to use your app. These user stories are also useful when marketing the app.
Wireframes are essential for determining your app’s pages and layout. They are the foundation for the design and placement of buttons, images, menus, and text. They help the designer understand your vision for each page and help the developer lay out essential elements of a page. It’s also a part of the UI/UX, so we can give you suggestions on better ways to improve usability through wireframe documentation.
The design process is mainly your User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX). Although the two terms are used interchangeably, they are different parts of your application.
UX involves the user experience. It’s what makes your interface intuitive to the user. It’s the ease of use for your app screens, so users don’t get frustrated. Some UX requires testing, but our UX experts understand the way users interact with app screens to design a layout that’s easy to navigate. The UX is distinct from the UI in that it is the structure and optimization of your layout as it relates to users.
Your app’s user interface is all of the buttons, controls, images, menu items, and background that make up your app screens. The UI ties into the UX even though it’s a different philosophy. The UX ensures that the user knows how to easily work with your app, and the UI is what makes that interface attractive. It’s the aesthetic part of your site including the color scheme. It’s often referred to as the graphic design.
Prototyping is exactly what it sounds like – we provide you with a prototype of your design to determine if both of us are on the right page. We want to ensure that our design matches your vision, so we provide a very basic prototype for you to review. Wireframes give you a basic sketch, but prototypes get you a little closer to the look and feel of your site. Prototypes are sometimes called mockups. Prototypes are a little more than design – they have basic functionality so that you can see your app in action.
Your app can be perfectly designed, but you still need marketing. Marketing is the foundation of your app’s future. It defines your users and the media outlets you’ll use to make your app popular. There are numerous avenues for marketing, and it all depends on your user stories (created in the documentation phase) and your audience. The type of app is also a determining factor. You wouldn’t advertise a gambling app on mommy blogs. You need the right platform and audience.
Marketing plans can be created during the application development process to get a head start on your strategy. This strategy also includes tracking and analytics to determine what is working so that your budget targets only the right media outlets to reduce overspending on the wrong advertising.
The actual development of your app is usually the most time consuming. It involves all of the backend structure, any API integration, and any platform-specific requirements. Development time frame can be estimated after documentation is created. The client doesn’t require much interaction with the developers unless we have questions about functionality. Most of these questions can be answered in the documentation stage, but occasionally questions come up that require answers from the client.
Backend development is everything that generates frontend content. Backend development is what makes the app functional. It determines what happens after a button is clicked or a user clicks a menu item. It’s what makes your app respond to the user and gives it its functionality. Backend coding can be done in numerous languages depending on the app and the platform where you want to run the app.
An application programming interface (API) is a third-party platform that you want to integrate into your own app. For instance, using Facebook with your app requires the Facebook API. We determine if you need any API integration in the documentation phase when we map out your vision. Any integration with third-party software usually requires the software’s API. Note every app requires an API, but it’s common with social apps that interact with Facebook, Twitter, nstagram, Pinterest and others.
The platform you use determines the language we’ll use during development. It can also affect marketing strategies. There are two primary app platforms:
1. iOS OS is the first platform you should target. It’s got the highest returns for your budget. It also has some of the highest quality apps on the market. Most app developers focus on iOS first, because it has the greatest rewards. iOS apps run on any Apple mobile device including iPhones and iPads.
2. Android Android and iOS have most of the mobile app market. Google Play has much more competition, because there is a lower barrier for entry. Android is usually a secondary target for app developers. If the iOS marketing and deployment goes well, the next step is to port the application to Android. We can develop your app for both platforms.
Beta testing is the process of deploying your application to specific users to give them a preview. These users then give you feedback on the app to help you find bugs or give you direction on better UI/UX changes. Beta testing is a great way to attract users to your app and get bug reports and suggestions to improve before your final launch.
The final launch is what all customers look forward to. It’s the deployment of your application to the platform whether it’s the Apple Store or Google Play. It’s the final step in your development process (aside from maintenance and improvements for future enhancements). Launch usually follows your review and approval of the application. We can help you launch your code directly to the app stores.
Launch doesn’t mean we have to end our relationship. Many app developers need enhancements to cater to user feedback. We can improve on the initially launched app while you gather user data and statistics. We provide versioning of your app as you add to its functionality. Launching an app isn’t the end of the development life cycle. It’s the beginning of your success as you continually improve on your vision.
Method for monitoring a presence of an individual in a geo-fence relative to a central facility. The invention effectuates tracking of field workers for home health and home care as well as a plethora of other applications. The invention provides real time data on the duration of time the care provider spends with a patient while holding the care provider accountable for being on site for the duration of care. In a most general embodiment, the invention includes means for receiving and storing geo-fence data on a first mobile computing and communications platform; logging time at a location defined by said geo-fence data; and transmitting the time log to a second computing platform. In a specific embodiment, the invention includes means for biometrically identifying a care provider within the geo-fence and outputting data to the second computing platform with respect thereto. The biometric identification may be implemented with fingerprint.
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