June 4, 2015

Creating Value

Until they were acquired by Facebook last year, I was a big fan of the Canadian digital agency Teehan-Lax. Of course their design work drew me, as did their famous (and famously free) iOS and Android PSD files, but what really kept me coming back to their site was how Jon Lax, one of Teehan-Lax’s founders, wrote about…

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May 12, 2015

HTML5 for Mobile – Will One WebView Ever Rule Them All?

HTML5 is no longer a new technology. But despite having been around a few years, its potential has never been fully realized, especially on mobile platforms. Since its introduction something has always been missing, preventing HTML5 from ever being fully embraced as a serious platform for mobile app development. First it was the lack of implemented standards – I remember checking…

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March 4, 2015

Business Continuity Planning: Turning Crisis into Opportunity

For the past three years, we’ve been operating our premier development center in Kharkiv, Ukraine. With world class universities and abundant talent, Kharkiv has a vibrant technical community of young coders, developers and system architects, talent that attracted us to Ukraine in the first place. Over the past year however, Ukraine has unfortunately experienced war…

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February 23, 2015

Motivation, Performance and Career Growth in Scrum/Agile

Teams using Scrum on regular basis can get bored. This is especially true of higher-performing teams. The smoother the process, the easier it is for team members to start feeling they’re working in a factory: demos and retros become mechanical, all failures are in the rear-view mirror, all disputes are resolved, top-management is happy and…

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November 17, 2014

C-THRU: Transparency and Simultaneity in App UI Design

A recent app UI design effort had us face what has become a familiar problem: optimizing the use of screen real estate on mobile devices. Given the limited screen size typical of most mobile devices, here’s the dilemma: 1) increasing app sophistication often leads designers to want to display more UI elements 2) any elements…

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