A different light; clarity by design
Light Crystal Systems is a software development studio and IT consultancy specializing in custom applications and lightning-fast websites.
Succinct domain-driven design meets state-of-the-art tooling and agile development processes. These factors enable Light Crystal Systems to deliver unparalleled excellence in software products and IT infrastructure, guided by our uncompromising principles.
From design and development to deployment to long-term maintenance, we are forward-thinking. We minimize energy usage, maintenance overhead, and global resource impact with thoughtful design and management practices as well as high standards for our partners in the hosting, hardware, and web service sectors.
We work with clients transparently to consider appropriate threat models and implement security policies and backup systems that keep your data and organization safe and your mind at ease. Data encryption at rest and in transit is standard, and keeping on top of current research as well as conducting our own security audits are always top priorities.
High-performance is never merely an option — by making thoughtful decisions around tooling and design we can deliver extremely performant products and systems without sacrificing our core principles, the bottom line, or the user experience. We carefully select the technologies we use and run our own painstakingly crafted benchmarks to maximize performance.
Nobody likes downtime or glitches. Through thoughtful selection of infrastructure and code libraries, exhaustive design processes, and robust testing we minimize the chances of service interruptions, errors, and their associated costs that hurt business processes as well as user experience.
Software and computer systems should enrich our lives and empower us. Agile methodologies and deep research into human-computer-interaction give us the edge to understand your UX requirements and build intuitive and thoughtful user interface and data flows that coalesce into a uniquely positive user experience.
Cross-functional knowledge — both horizontally across business domains and vertically through different aspects of IT — gives Light Crystal Systems the wisdom and tact to build unique and powerful software from the ground up.
Whether you're starting from scratch or rennovating an existing software system, a clear vision and thoughtful design are keys to software that's efficient, maintianable, and comprehensible. We leverage our own expertise and those of clients and stakeholders to build software architecture that's well-suited to the business problem and well-designed to ease maintenance and feature development.
Great user interface is beautiful, performant, and intuitive. Whether we're building with web or native technologies, our extensive experience in interface design as well as knowledge of human-computer-interaction, psychology, and philosophy enable us to construct effortless and stunning UI, using best practices for accessibility.
The heart of your application is data, and data lives in the backend. Using high-performance and elegant code in languages like Go, C# and NodeJS we move data between databases — relational, noSQL, cloud and beyond — and frontend, performing any necessary transformations and ensuring high thoroughput and high availability.
Deep experience in systems administration and networking lets us see the whole picture. Whatever architecture the application, there's infrastructure behind it. From classic monoliths to microservies into true distributed systems, we pride ourselves in a complete understanding of the system at the application, operating system, and hardware and virtualization levels to be able to consistently and continuously deliver the best.
Derek is a software artisan with experience in a wide range of roles and companies in the IT industry — from system administration and hardware maintenance to software architecture and development. His eclectic background encompasing various business domains such as medicine, physical security, education, and insurance imparts him with wisdom that enables him to see problems in a different light and build novel and high-impact solutions. He holds a degree in Philosophy from UC Davis with a minor in Computer Science and has pioneered a number of open-source software projects such as quartzgun, nirvash, xrxs, and ryudo.
Got an idea for a software product or website? Need to fix, enhance, or overhaul an existing system? Don't hesitate to reach out here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!