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The Slick Bib: Utilizing an Engineering Background to Design a New Kind of Running Shirt

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While an undergrad at the University of Virginia, Adrian Santos pursued a major in chemical engineering. “I like chemistry, and I liked solving problems…[and I liked] taking things apart and putting them back together,” said Santos, regarding his motivations for choosing to study engineering. But four years after getting his engineering degree, Santos has found… Read more »


7 Essential Traits Your App Can’t Survive Without

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I’m going to start off by throwing some big numbers around. (That always seems to make the point clear, a lot quicker!) According to Gartner Research, the total number of apps downloaded annually is set to zoom to 310 billion by 2016. As per a Nielsen Cross Platform Survey 2013, smartphone owners spend 86 percent… Read more »


The Do’s and Don’ts of Developing Mobile Business Apps

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Mobile is the new language of commerce, marketing, communication, and entertainment, so businesses assume that moving into the world of apps is the key to remaining relevant. But marketers and professionals are often left with the question: Do mobile apps increase revenue? The answer seems far from a simple yes or no. Multiple factors, such… Read more »


Why Titanium App Development is a Smart Move for Startups Who Need Apps

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Developing mobile applications is a challenge for every professional developer. They need to focus on each elemental aspect, while coding applications that are responsive, functional and compatible. Covering the bases for every feature is not exactly an easy task, even for the most talented developers. That’s why the Titanium application framework has emerged as one of the best for extensive mobile… Read more »



How to Bring your App to Market

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You wake up in the middle of the night, drenched in a cold sweat. Shakily, you grab a pad and paper and jot down the ideas that are swimming in your head. Overcome by exhaustion, your head falls back to the pillow and you fall back asleep. The next morning, you wake up and read the notepad… Read more »


7 Things You Should Know About The DC Design Community

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DC breeds a culture of creativity. With design agencies, startups, artists and freelancers aplenty, it can be hard to navigate your way through the creative jungle of the District. For that reason, the good people at General Assembly organized the first Introduction to the DC Design Community event last night. The reputable panel included designers… Read more »


Bootstrapping Logo Design: How to Get a Great Logo for Less

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A good logo is essential for any startup. However, most fledgling companies don’t have in-house designers. Rather than paying a lot of money to hire a freelance designer, try crowdsourcing your next logo. There are a variety of sites available, where people can be commissioned to create personalized designs. Regardless of your budget or project… Read more »


Jason Fried Rants about Modern Web Design

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Jason Fried, the cofounder of 37signals, concluded Tech Cocktail Sessions Chicago last week with a critique of modern, slick web design. We’ll let Fried speak for himself: Fried: “I’m actually really interested in less perfect things these days. I think there’s a bad trend going on in web design, specifically in application design, which is everything… Read more »



Macaw, the Code-Savvy Web Design Tool Raises $175K+ on Kickstarter

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Building beautiful websites is mastering the art of both design and front-end development. Web designers must focus on crafting beautiful, intuitive websites while developers meticulously bring these elements to life through lines of code. Out of all of the web design tools out there, not one seamlessly integrates these two processes. With existing tools, you… Read more »




Nice Laundry: Revolutionize your sock drawer (Kickstarter project)

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This is a story of two friends who quit their jobs to revolutionize men’s sock drawers. After quitting, Phil Moldavski and Ricky Choi only took six months (with two months spent learning web development at dev bootcamp) to launch their first Kickstarter campaign on March 6th. Within the first 24 hours, the company attracted 283 backers,… Read more »