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Apple vs. MVP

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in News | Comments Off

http://www.inc.com/mark-kawano/lessons-from-my-time-at-apple-ship-something-you-re-proud-of.html

This Inc article does a good job of succinctly addressing the gap between MVP’s for startups, and the level of quality that most of us expect from our purchases.

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What CEO’s Need to Know About Design

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Art/Design, UX, UX101 | Comments Off

Read this succinct exec summary of what DESIGN is… by the former head of design at Google and Yahoo.

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Design Concierge – buuteeq

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Case Studies | Comments Off

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eHospital – McKesson (NDC)

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Case Studies, Flash | Comments Off

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Flash MX 2004 – Adobe (Macromedia)

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Case Studies, Flash, Tools | Comments Off

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Moving to Austin

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in News | Comments Off

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After spending the last eleven years in San Francisco and Seattle, we decided it was time to get some more sunshine and get closer to our families to the east. Tomorrow we move to Austin.

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Almost Famo.us

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Flash, Flex, News, Silverlight, Technology, WPF | Comments Off

Famo.us My bad play on words aside, Famo.us really is almost famous. I say “almost” because it’s a closed beta and there are several things that might hold it back. It appears that it doesn’t work on any version of IE yet and it’s not clear if that’s in the plans or not. It also gets its performance from making an end-run around a lot of CSS, using matrix3D transforms to GPU-accelerate various operations. The end result is some code that is pretty obtuse looking and not very semantic. You can’t argue with the results though. I’m speaking in broad terms here but you can google for a preso they did late last year that delivers a good overview of what they’re up to. The other big question in my mind is how the more standards-focused folk will feel about this.

But what is Famo.us? It’s a javascript library that brings optimized performance to the types of apps that we were building in Flash, WPF, and Silverlight years ago. I was surprised by how excited I was to see this today. More than ten years ago, I was building some pretty advanced UIs in web pages using Flash that even now are impossible with pure HTML and CSS. Famo.us looks to be a way to bring UI innovation back into web browsers without plugins. If so, I’m pretty sure I won’t be the only one excited about the possibilities.

I’m curious how this will all play out with Responsive Design and Progressive Enhancement though. It’s still a beta so we’ll have to wait and see.

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