The right software can change everything.
Atomic Object creates custom software products for the web, mobile devices, computers, and the Internet of Things. Since 2001, we've been helping companies innovate and grow with products that are beautiful, reliable, and easy to use.
Our team of designers and developers can bring your idea to life — from planning through implementation. We’ll help you mitigate risk, make smart trade-offs, and get the most value possible for your budget.
From our offices in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Chicago, we serve a national base of clients — startups to the Fortune 500. Whatever your market, we'll help you change the status quo and set yourself apart from the competition.
Atomic is employee-owned.
Steelcase, NeuroMetrix, Dexter Laundry, Deluxe Corp, Priority Health, Herman Miller, VanAndel Education Institute, ArtPrize, Drug Free Sport
The Quell Relief mobile app for iOS and Android gives users the ability to control their therapy and provides insights into their therapy, sleep, activity, and pain.
The wearable pain relief device from NeuroMetrix fights chronic pain by stimulating nerves in the upper calf, which send neural pulses to the brain. This causes the brain to release natural opiates that block pain signals and deliver widespread pain relief throughout the body.
Quell is a new alternative to treating chronic pain, and the first device of its kind approved by the FDA for use during sleep.
Volley is an app for asynchronous communication that allows users to send each other short videos, called “Volleys.” It aims to facilitate team communication faster than Slack or email with fewer interruptions than a meeting. In addition to video, users can send text and photos.
Volley piloted their iOS mobile app in the Fall of 2020, amidst Covid-19, as a way to help teams meet less and get more done. Before Volley, team collaboration consisted of drawn-out, in-person meetings and long, context-less emails. The Volley mobile app allowed users to create virtual teams and record short, threaded video messages using their phones.
Recognizing that the future of work is flexible and distributed, Volley tasked Atomic with creating the Volley web app. The web app allows Volley users to communicate cross-platform. The mobile app speaks to Volley's idea of the spontaneous work style of the future. But the web app enables a workflow that aligns with the current state of work— users who are already sitting at their desks but want to get more done.
When brought together, the web app and mobile app allow teams to work wherever, while getting the benefits of face-to-face conversations without the challenges of traditional meetings.
ArtPrize helps more than 500,000 visitors experience 1,400 works of art during a 3-week celebration in downtown Grand Rapids.
ArtPrize awards $500,000 in prizes to works of art selected by public vote and expert jury during a massive 19-day event. This requires a great deal of logistics, including mobile apps for 60,000 event-goers.
The ArtPrize app helps visitors find 170+ venues in the 3-square-mile ArtPrize district and vote for their favorite entries in real time. Atomic works with ArtPrize to update and improve their mobile app each year.
In past years, users could only register after they arrived in the ArtPrize district. This was difficult because the cell network is often overloaded during the event.
For 2017, the team designed a new registration process. Users can now create an account and confirm their identity at any time. The final step of registration happens automatically when they enter the ArtPrize district during the event.
Root Inc. helps organizations with strategic organizational change. They create solutions for Global 2000 organizations to connect their employees to their strategies and culture, build skills, and keep people engaged.
Historically, Root facilitated in-person workshops using hands-on solutions like a Root Learning Map® experience to help their clients manage strategic change initiatives. As time went on, Root recognized that many companies were migrating to remote or hybrid work environments and created a digital experience to liberate them from unengaging video meetings.
With the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020 and their clients moving to a work-from-home model, Root needed a more robust platform. While virtual meeting platforms exist, Root aimed to provide users with an opportunity for two-way conversation, to engage with multiple perspectives, and to deep dive into their organization’s strategy, financials, or processes. They wanted to create something similar to a whiteboard, where everyone’s voice could be heard in a fun, engaging, and meaningful way.
Priority Health’s HealthInSite web tool lets customers search and evaluate aggregated employee claim data.
It reports on potentially millions of claims, gathering and displaying detailed cost information from across different parts of a customer’s organization over different periods of time.
Five years after Atomic developed the original HealthInSite in 2009, Priority Health returned to Atomic for a major redesign that would serve more clients, add more data, and replace slow legacy tools.
Atomic Object rebuilt HealthInSite from the ground up, creating an interactive, single-page app that allows users to find and sort data instantly.
GreenPath is a national nonprofit focused on financial wellness. They support people with coaching and education about paying off debt, making homeownership decisions, and building a strong financial foundation.
GreenPath's debt management plan (DMP) helps people pay off debt in 3-5 years or less. Clients make regular deposits into their GreenPath account, and creditors are paid on their behalf. In many cases, GreenPath is able to secure lower interest rates or lower minimum payments. This helps clients pay off debt faster and save money on interest and fees.
While working to improve the DMP, GreenPath learned that the first 3 months of the program are the most difficult. They decided to build a web portal that gives clients 24/7 access to information. Their goals included a better client experience, reduced dropout rates, and more team efficiency.
Deluxe Corp. created the Banker’s Dashboard web app several years ago to give CEOs and CFOs at community banks daily access to their aggregated financial data.
As iPads became more common at community banks, users started accessing Banker’s Dashboard via tablet web browsers.
Unfortunately, because the tool is so comprehensive, navigation was difficult on tablet browsers.
Deluxe asked Atomic to help improve their users’ experience by creating a native tablet version of Banker’s Dashboard for the iPad.
The Cultural Intelligence Center (CQC) assesses and trains people in cultural intelligence (CQ)—the capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. It was founded by MSU researchers and serves businesses, universities, government agencies, and non-profits.
CQC’s original online assessment tool was difficult to use and had limited payment options. It was also hard to customize, requiring custom code for each new client or specialized test.
CQC asked Atomic to build a replacement. The Atomic team also studied CQC’s workflow and created tools to automate it.
The new mobile-responsive platform:
- Leads users through accurate, secure assessments and generates beautiful PDF reports
- Compiles group data into graphs and reports
- Allows admins to easily customize assessments and reports
- Is internationalized, allowing CQC to offer services in 5 different languages and easily add more.
Brainspring is a nationally accredited continuing education organization that offers courses, workshops, certification, and resources for teachers to provide phonics-based instruction to help students succeed in the area of reading. Brainspring teaches a multi-sensory approach called the Orton-Gillingham method, and provides teachers with a wealth of instruction and materials to facilitate learning in the classroom.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Brainspring’s courses were largely done in-person. As they pivoted to offer remote instruction, it was essential that the online resources provided to teachers be user-friendly.
During the research, design, and planning phase of their engagement with Atomic, Brainspring decided that the most valuable outcome would be a systematized, searchable resource library to offer teachers.
After consultation with Atomic, Brainspring decided to build a responsive web application that not only gives teachers access to the documents, but allows them to filter, search, sort, organize, and ‘favorite’ items. Their goal was to optimize teacher experience by creating a user-friendly resource.
“We never felt like we weren’t on the same page with them at any point in the project.”
Atomic Object walked through a design scoping and technical specification process for the digital suite of a leadership consulting company, delivering a clickable prototype to inform their decisions.
“We never felt like we weren’t on the same page with them at any point in the project.”
Feb 11, 2020
The work performed by Atomic Object satisfied all project stakeholder expectations, hitting every deadline and even helping to keep their client on track when necessary. Their team was creative and respectful, bringing their own experience to the table but not forcing their opinions on the client.
A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.
Introduce your business and what you do there.
Root is a strategy enablement and change leadership consulting company, and I lead our learning media and development teams. When an organization is initiating change, we help make sure that change is understandable and accessible to the broad base of employees by providing learning resources and strategy discussions that engage everyone in the process.
What challenge were you trying to address with Atomic Object?
Atomic Object is helping us build a suite of digital tools that will help companies sustain their change once they start it.
What was the scope of their involvement?
We had a pretty clear understanding of the need and a less clear understanding of what we wanted to do about it. Atomic Object was able to take us through a design and technical scoping process to figure out a really clear workable prototype and a clear path forward for what would eventually become the first release of all the tools we wanted.
What is the team composition?
There were between 2–4 people from their side working with us at any given time.
How did you come to work with Atomic Object?
They had actually been on our radar for years and we had a few chances to get to know them through networking and scoping out a couple of potential ideas. They’re also very close to where we work, so when we decided to go ahead with this project, they were an easy first choice.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in July 2019 and the project is ongoing.
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We don’t have any direct client measurables yet since we haven’t produced the project, but they were above every milestone in all of the work that they completed for us. They delivered everything in advance on their end, and when we had some internal shifts, they were incredibly agile and did a great job of keeping the project on track.
How did Atomic Object perform from a project management standpoint?
Their communication skills are excellent. We never felt like we weren’t on the same page with them at any point in the project.
What did you find most impressive about them?
They run really clear, well-organized projects. A lot of times you end up with vendors who champion their own opinion or sit back and don’t offer any input. Atomic does a great job of bringing a ton of experience to the work but making it feel like you are owning the project with them.
They’re not afraid to bring their opinion and recommendations, and then also iterate with you and let their opinions shift as requirements might clarify or move in one particular direction or another.
Are there any areas they could improve?
Nothing comes to mind at all.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Don’t hesitate to rely on them for elements of the project that you might not know how to approach off the top of your head. They do a really good job in all of their work.