1991-2016—25 years of Art & Logic

A Few of Our New Year’s Resolutions

A Few of Our New Year’s Resolutions

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I resolve to brighten the lives and businesses of our clients and partners at every touch point.

I resolve to be more creative and persistent in uncovering the deepest and most meaningful ways in which we can impact our clients’ and partners’ success.

I resolve to get better at explaining how software is a creative medium and needs breathing room for creativity to flourish. (more…)

Vote for Miracles so Kids Can Get Better!

Vote for Miracles so Kids Can Get Better!

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals launched a nationwide “Vote for Miracles” campaign today, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Credit Unions for Kids program. From November 29 through December 20, credit unions and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support their favorite CMN Hospital.

Art & Logic was pleased to join other providers, including web design firm WebMistress.com, in creating the “Vote For Miracles” web application. Art & Logic donated discounted application development time to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and Credit Unions for Kids achieve their outreach goals in support of children living with health issues.

The web application we built is expected to process millions of votes over the next three weeks. In addition to voting at www.VoteForMiracles.org, please share the hashtag #VoteForMiracles to raise support for your favorite Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

At the conclusion of the promotion, the top five hospitals will be awarded a total of $100,000 on behalf of America’s credit unions, compliments of CO-OP Financial Services.

Why Refactor?

Why Refactor?

“What does this ‘refactor’ word you keep using really mean . . .?”

I could almost hear the client’s eyes and nose scrunching up in scrutiny. We were talking about realistic budgets and schedules for a potentially large, multi-developer feature addition to his existing application.

I switched gears, put on my imaginary professor glasses and set my imaginary apple on the corner of my desk.

“Well, you are right. It’s part of the software development and developers’ lexicon. It’s a word that means – sort of – ‘optimize’ or ‘clean up’ or ‘tighten’ and, really, all three of these things at once.”

“So, the code is dirty?” he intoned. I could hear the silent thought bubble form above his head — “but-I’m-paying-you-NOT-to-write-bad-code!” (more…)

Always Forward, Never Straight

Always Forward, Never Straight

“Over.”

“Over.”

“Around.”

“Over.”

I’d come upon a couple of older men hiking up Katahdin’s Chimney Pond Trail and it took me a few seconds to figure out just what was going on. The lead hiker methodically but expertly picked his way up the path, stepping over rocks or walking around them. He narrated as he did so and his partner followed his lead — stepping where he was shown, in the way he was shown. (more…)

Maps and Territories: Exploring “The Lean Startup’ through Nature, Part III

Maps and Territories: Exploring “The Lean Startup’ through Nature, Part III

You are climbing up the steady incline of The Signal Ridge Trail when you are met by a hiker doubling back to a fork in the route which has been ambiguously signed. The trail notes you pull from your pocket indicate that you are to bear left at a trail split .8 miles from the trailhead.

“I think it’s this way,” he says, his voice pressured and his pace the pace of someone who has made a mistake and is trying to undo it as quickly as possible. He’s got worn-in boots and a decent pack. His legs look like hiker’s legs. The calf muscles are knotty.

He rounds the fork, bearing left rather than right and, indeed, this direction appears to take you up towards the ridge and then the summit. You can see the shoulders of the mountain through the canopy. (more…)