About Newseum

The Newseum’s mission is to raise public awareness of the important role of a free press in a democratic society. The impressive, interactive museum is one of Washington DC’s most popular attractions.

Today’s Front Pages is a well-known, dual-optimized tablet and mobile phone app that delivers newspaper front-pages from around the world every morning.

1,095,000

FRONT PAGES
Displayed Since 2015

726

GLOBAL PAPERS
Displayed Daily

4.7

APP RATING
iOS & Android

1,095,000

FRONT PAGES
Displayed Since 2015

726

GLOBAL PAPERS
Displayed Daily

4.7+

APP RATING
iOS & Android

Today’s Front Pages has been a popular standing exhibition, with hundreds of national and international front-pages displayed along the perimeter of the Newseum’s building near the Capitol in Washington DC.

3Advance was originally contracted in 2011 to review, clean-up and re-brand the original iPhone app code that was carefully acquired by the Newseum. In 2015, the team was given the opportunity to rewrite the app, redesign it with a much improved user interface and user experience, and of course bring it to Android. The new native apps are responsively designed and optimized for tablets, and mobile devices of all sizes.

The restaurant ordering market was already saturated, though thankfully the big players (Amazon, Uber Eats) are more concerned with the delivery aspect. That said, the closest price-point competitor had infiltrated DC so time was of the essence. It was important we all understood the reasons why this competitor was struggling for a foothold in the city – most of all, the experience.

TwentyTables is a two-sided marketplace, meaning that this app was to be used by both consumers and restaurant folks.

The restaurant ordering market was already saturated, though thankfully the big players (Amazon, Uber Eats) are more concerned with the delivery aspect. That said, the closest price-point competitor had infiltrated DC so time was of the essence. It was important we all understood the reasons why this competitor was struggling for a foothold in the city – most of all, the experience.

TwentyTables is a two-sided marketplace, meaning that this app was to be used by both consumers and restaurant folks.

User Experience design began with a competitive analysis that allowed us identify the good, the bad and the ugly alternatives to TwentyTables. Our goal was to blow competing apps out of the water. So we did…

When we were brought in, our approach was to follow suit. We listened, we learned and we bought into the vision: Volunteers would use mobile apps to enter tutoring details and student metrics after each session at the participating school. This would eliminate paper and reduce time for volunteers, and their coordinators. We hoped.

Now Alex came prepared. His business plan was deep and he knew what he wanted. It was our job to translate his needs into an intuitive app that hides system complexities under the surface. Workshop-style sessions allowed us to draft whiteboard wireframes, and with careful iterations, transform them into digital inter-connected screens that cover all significant user journeys. Now, Alex arrived with a well-defined brand, logo and personality. Translating our wireframes into high-def designs was something we did with ease. The resulting clickable prototype would be used to raise money, and serve as a blueprint for pending development. This process took six weeks, with development ready to start around four weeks in.

The core database and API schema were first designed – programming had begun. Although we used two-week agile development sprints, we still followed a basic waterfall model as we rolled through the API, and begun app development. Keeping iOS a month or so ahead of Android allowed us to identify challenges and crush them before moving on to the next platform. An Administration panel was created for managing users, restaurants, menus, and tracking payouts among other things. Throughout this time, we ran regular face-to-face meeting with Alex to make sure our understandings were consistent with his plans, and to ensure he always knew the rate of progress during this period of backend development.

Three months after kicking off we gave Alex his first real taste of what earlier had just been a dream – an alpha version of TwentyTables was on his iPhone. From then until launch, builds were being continuously developed and deployed, almost every day. With minimal restaurants and users online initially, we opted to pre-launch iOS first while Q/A continued on the Android version. Android was ready a month later, and by then a handful of restaurants now online, and finally the other half of our office could now order low-cost lunches through their smart phone. TwentyTables was ready for primetime.

The TwentyTables iPhone and Android apps have been a huge success, especially with downtown workers and local food-trucks. The perfect price-point and the location awareness allows swift integration with social media – and consumers always have new options in their neighborhood.

Meanwhile, with no prior tech background, Alex has become the darling of the DCTech community. In October last, TwentyTables pulled first prize in DC Startup Week’s pitch contest. TwentyTables was then the only area startup selected to present at South-by-Southwest, representing WEDC in Austin in March 2019.
The growth of TwentyTables, and the partnership with the food-distributor PFG in addition to charities Capital Food Bank and DC Central Kitchen is living proof that profit can go hand-in-hand with charitable giving.

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