We are
Rational Means
and we build
good things.

Rational Means is a web engineering and design consultancy that helps businesses grow. We focus on identifying core business problems and determining how to best apply technology and process improvements to meet those goals. In practice, we generally work with small to medium businesses to launch customer analytics, web applications, ecommerce logistics and storefronts, and mailing list integrations. However, each business has very different needs, so our deliverables are different on every project.

Our founder, Tim Cheadle, is a software craftsman and product designer, with over 15 years of experience building web applications, cloud infrastructure, and tech startups. Tim founded Rational Means, a web and product development consultancy that focuses on ecommerce and web applications. Previously he was CTO of Umba, an subscription business that curates and sells high quality handmade goods from artists around the world. He also served as an engineering lead at Google and AOL.

Our lead web developer, Faye Cheadle, is a software engineer in Charlotte, NC, with over 10 years of experience managing infrastructure and building applications. She is a partner at Rational Means. Faye previously worked as a technical project manager at Google in San Francisco. After moving to Charlotte in 2010 and staying at home with her new son for 2 years, Faye worked at Technekes as a database engineer coordinating digital marketing campaigns.

Notable Client Work

SkillPop

www.skillpop.com
  • Rebuilt entire ecommerce site in Rails (migrated from React)
  • Helped improve internal business processes and customer experience

RK Motors

www.rkmotorscharlotte.com
  • Took over development and maintenance of two very large, legacy Rails apps
  • Add performance optimization, custom design, and user analytics to the marketing site
  • Managed and developed over 20 third-party integrations with sites like eBay and AutoTrader
  • Rebuilt, documented, and automated server provisioning and deployment with Ansible and Capistrano
  • Upgraded Amazon Web Services infrastructure, added a staging environment, and improved monitoring and stability

RK Collection - GT40 Restoration project

gt40.rkmotorscharlotte.com
  • Took rough design mockups and implemented entire site layout and structure
  • Worked with third-party design team to flesh out custom HTML/CSS and Javascript
  • Set up automated deployment and hosting using Middleman alongside GitHub Pages and Amazon S3

Umba

www.umba.com
  • Designed and launched ecommerce storefront on Shopify
  • Designed and launched subscription platform on Chargify
  • Built internal tools with Ruby on Rails to:
    • Manage inventory
    • Fulfill orders and subscriptions
    • Business analytics and financial projections

Last Hop Automation

www.lasthop-automation.com
  • User interface design and implementation
  • Web application development using Python & Django

Charlotte Montessori School

www.charlottemontessori.com
  • Total redesign and launched for private school website using WordPress
  • Custom photography and content creation
  • Provided teacher training and documentation

This Land

www.thisland.com
  • Modified Shopify theme to support robust catalog options and flexibility
  • Conducted a two-day Shopify training session with This Land's technical staff
  • Added Tumblr journal integration into Product pages