A Foundation for Success with a Responsive Redesign

Our Responsibilities:

  • User Experience
  • Design System
  • Information Architecture
  • Responsive Design
  • Content Strategy
  • Front-end Development
  • CMS Implementation


Silver Award Winner in the category "Charitable Organizations / Non-Profit" for the 2014 W3 Awards

Silver Award Winner in the category "Structure and Navigation" for the 2014 W3 Awards

The Annie E. Casey Foundation helps kids, strengthens families, builds stronger communities, and increases access to opportunity for all. Together, Happy Cog and AECF created a site that organizes the valuable information the Foundation provides in a way users can easily navigate and digest, as well as a design that reflects the legacy of the foundation.

A content-heavy site demands a purposeful and sustainable content strategy. Content workshops drove a new informational hierarchy, a new tagging system, and a host of content revisions. User research led us to change the site’s content hierarchy, making a meaningful difference in how people find the information they need, as well as aid in the discovery of new, useful content.

A more thorough and accurate back-end tagging system and taxonomy, and robust search implementation was necessary to surface this information intuitively. With vast amounts of content published by the Foundation, a powerful search engine was needed, so we built a custom integration between ExpressionEngine and Solr.

We created a system that was flexible and organized around all of the Foundation’s varied content types. Page layouts are open and flexible, working to surface specific content in cohesive ways.

Working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation was a partnership anchored in mutual respect and shared responsibility. Collaborative working sessions ensured the project ran smoothly and that all decisions mapped back to the initial project requirements. Best of all, we had fun with our partners at AECF while crafting an experience we knew would make a positive impact on the quality of children’s lives.

We’ve already built great things for:

  • A List Apart
  • ADP
  • AMC Theatres
  • American College of Physicians
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Black Pixel
  • Blogger
  • Books-A-Million
  • Bubakiki
  • Build-A-Bear Workshops
  • Campus Explorer
  • Canon Business Process Services
  • Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
  • Channel 4 (UK)
  • Cirrus Logic
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Comhaltas
  • Daily Kos
  • Delaware Valley College
  • Einstein Healthcare Network
  • El Nuevo Día
  • Fetch Softworks
  • Fog Creek Software
  • Fonts.com
  • Garces Group
  • Georgetown Law School
  • Georgetown University
  • Geosign
  • Grist
  • Groupon
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard Extension School
  • Harvard University
  • Hersha Hospitality
  • Hershey Entertainment and Resorts
  • Housing Works
  • Kaplan Test Prep
  • Kongregate
  • Krylon
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Landmark University
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • MICA
  • Moss Rehab
  • Motivate
  • Mozilla
  • MTV OMA 2
  • MTV OMA 3
  • National Constitution Center
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Nintendo of America
  • NRT, LLC
  • Papa John's
  • Philly.com
  • Rush
  • SmartyPig
  • Soccer.com (Sports Endeavors)
  • TEDxPhiladelphia
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Center for Teaching Quality
  • The Institute for New Economic Thinking
  • The McGraw Hill Companies
  • The Posse Foundation
  • The University of San Francisco
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Tideway Systems
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Visitphilly.com (GPTMC)
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Yale School of Management
  • Zappos


We don’t specialize in a specific technology or type of business; we specialize in all of them. Have an idea for a project?

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We love to provide:

  • Research
  • User experience design
  • Online business strategy
  • Information architecture
  • Content strategy
  • Graphic design
  • Template (code) development
  • Responsive design & development
  • Mobile development & testing
  • Application development
  • Content management system (CMS) development
  • Hosting

We routinely build great things for:

  • Banking & financial institutions
  • Broadcast & media
  • Universities & educators
  • E-commerce sites
  • Energy & utility companies
  • Film & entertainment
  • Fortune 500 companies
  • Gaming studios
  • Local and federal governments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Professional service providers
  • Software companies
  • Tourism & travel