Black Triangle but No Black Hole: New Online Registration Menus

July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Recently SignMeUp’s Chief Technology Officer, Jim Peltier, sent around a blog post published 7 years ago by Jay Barnson, a video game programmer.  The article, still relevant today, describes how Barnson’s team once burst into hoots and hollers of celebration over a black triangle displayed on the screen.  The financial controller came into the room to see what the commotion was about.  ” ‘It’s a black triangle,” she said in an amused but sarcastic voice. One of the engine programmers tried to explain, but she shook her head and went back to her office. I could almost hear her thoughts… “We’ve got ten months to deliver two games to Sony, and they are cheering over a black triangle? THAT took them nearly a month to develop?’ ”

Currently we’re in the midst of our own black triangle moment.  While it may seem like we’ve gone radio silent, our tech team is busy working on completely reinventing Administrator Services, where you access your tools and reports to manage online registration for your event.  Our main objective is to drastically reduce the number of clicks it takes to get to any tool or report.  As I’m sure you can imagine, this is a huge project that requires changes in many areas of our system.  For example, we recently upgraded our login screen.  We made it easier to navigate, as well as added more options for social logins.  While this might seem like a minor improvement, it’s actually the first outwardly visible progress within the context of the reinvention.

We’re extremely excited about the launch, upcoming at the end of the summer or early fall.  We’re confident that you will be too.  In fact, we’d like to offer you a preview.  If you’re interested in being one of the first to take a look at our new and improved Administrator Services area, click below and fill out the form.  We’ll contact you when it’s ready.

register for sneak preview

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