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There’s Nothing Cheap About Developing a Good App

By | Nov 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Why is app development so expensive? I get this question a lot, and it often comes from a shell-shocked CEO or CIO who discovers his five-figure-budget project ends up being six or even seven figures. That’s crazy. The easiest explanation to the question is…

Dev & Design

8 Essential Mac Software Tools to Buy Before Black Friday

By | Nov 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

By now you’ve seen early Black Friday sales for everything from TVs and washers to mattresses and drones. I mean, the holiday lights went up in Target not even 24 hours after Halloween. Some may say it’s obnoxious, some may love getting in the…

Dev & Design

How to Become a Graphic Design Savant

By | Nov 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

According to a variety of job reports, digital design was listed as one of the top jobs that pay well in the tech field. Graphic design can not only provide a solid base career wise (and you can do from home), but can take you…

Dev & Design

Seattle

How to Be a Productive Startup With a Remote Development Team

By | Nov 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Being a founder means you have multiple hats and you are constantly working in a high-octane, non-stop environment, and maintaining a high level of productivity with your team is key. While most early-stage startups have at least one technologically-based founder, as the company begins…

Dev & Design

How Machine Learning is Changing Design

By | Nov 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

A Pew Research Center survey in 2015 revealed that almost two-thirds of Americans expect computers to take over much of human work within 50 years. However, there are certain professions that some consider to have more security over others. Disciplines such as the arts…

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Dev & Design

You Won’t Succeed Until You Understand Both the Product and Customer

By | Oct 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

You can improve on your product by identifying your future customers and going out to get their authentic reactions. In order to be a successful entrepreneur with a groundbreaking product or service, the best thing you can do is leave your office. I know…

Dev & Design

How DIY Design Platforms Impact the Creative Industry

By | Sep 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm

For the past decade or so, graphic designers have been in high demand. Virtually every company in every industry has had need for some kind of digital marketing, and with skill-intensive programs being the only way to create professional collateral, the burden was on…

Culture

Why the Future of Workplace Design Looks Like Your College Campus

By | Sep 19, 2017 at 9:20 am

Miss your college campus, when a trip across the quad would occasionally take 45 minutes because you just couldn’t stop talking to every friend and professor you met? Apparently, your next employer might miss that in-person interaction, too. Today, over 80 percent of modern…

Startups & Apps

3 Design Principles to Diversify Your Startup’s Revenue Model

By | Sep 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Few entrepreneurs launch a startup without hoping to earn a little revenue — or a lot, let’s be honest — from the venture. But there are dozens of ways to earn money, and the best method is different for every business. Startups in particular have…

Dev & Design

3 Affordable Online Courses to Help You Become a Design Ninja

By | Aug 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Building up your portfolio as a graphic designer can take years. To make the field even more difficult, keeping your edge on changing design trends means continuing your education on the latest software and new methods to communicate to customers. Fortunately, we’ve got you…

Tips & How To’s

Chicago

4 Rules for Exploring the Psychology Behind UX Design

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

User experience design is about the user, as the name might indicate. But figuring out how to create an interface that users will love is far harder to do than to say: After all, most users can’t even articulate what makes them pick one…

Dev & Design

Run Lean, And Learn to Build Your Own Website

By | Aug 25, 2017 at 6:30 am

Nothing is for certain except for death, taxes, and daily web browsing. Because internet usage remains such a consistent activity, web and app development is a highly sought after skill, and believe it or not, cultivating a diverse set of coding skills can be…

Inspiration

Boulder

How This Mother of Three Found Her Way Back to Coding

By | Aug 23, 2017 at 7:15 am

Erica Epperson’s life was finally starting to slow down. For the past decade or so, after going through a divorce, Epperson had shifted her focus to her three young children and her elderly mother. They traveled constantly, often embarking on road trips that were…

Dev & Design

This Graphic Design Certification Could Be the Key to Your Career Growth

By | Aug 23, 2017 at 6:30 am

No two products are the same, but all products have something in common: they all use graphic design. A well-designed logo and attractive packaging can actually be the sole reason a consumer chooses one product over the other. So it’s no surprise that graphic…

Dev & Design

Free Photoshop Alternatives Are Great, Pixelmator Is Better

By | Aug 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The vast majority of us have likely googled “free Photoshop alternatives” at some point in our internet history, looking to avoid the costly investment of legitimately acquiring Adobe’s heralded creative suite of software. It wasn’t too long ago that Photoshop alone could set you…

Gear & Gadgets

Portland

Wacom Bamboo Sketch Stylus is Good for the Basics

By | Aug 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The Wacom Bamboo Sketch Stylus is a lot of fun. While it is not great for art, it is quite utilitarian and a lot of fun. It is a great crayon for scratching out rough sketches and diagrams, drawing on photos, or writing notes….

Dev & Design

How Brands Could Miss Out On the Mobile User Experience

By | Aug 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm

In 2010, few brands focused on optimizing their website for mobile visitors. They can no longer afford to dismiss these users. Mobile web traffic surpassed desktop traffic for the first time in 2015. According to Smart Insights, mobile only web traffic accounted for 13…