Art+Logic Invites Submissions for New Software Incubator Lab.

Art+Logic Invites Submissions for New Software Incubator Lab.

Art+Logic announces the launch of a new software incubator called the Art+Logic Lab. This incubator lab will focus on developing a working prototype of a selected software project. This first iteration of the lab will target the music technology and professional audio community, offering individuals, companies, and organizations an opportunity to have their application created by Art+Logic developers and designers in close collaboration with the entrepreneur. (more…)

A Brief Introduction to Blockchain

A Brief Introduction to Blockchain

At its simplest, a blockchain is a distributed database of transactions that are cryptographically linked to form an incorruptible chain. Transactions are grouped together at intervals to create a ‘block.’ Every new block depends on its ancestor block being unaltered. This is the chain, and it allows anyone to start at the first block and ‘walk’ the chain, verifying the correctness of each subsequent block. In the most famous case, Bitcoin, the blockchain is used to keep a record of Bitcoin transactions all the way back to the very first one. Anyone can examine the blockchain to find any particular transaction and verify that nothing has been altered. (more…)

More PWA to Ya! (Progressive Web Apps, Part 1)

More PWA to Ya! (Progressive Web Apps, Part 1)

It’s project kickoff time, and you’re having a conversation with your client about what form the application will take:

Client: I’m thinking mobile app. Our users will definitely be using this on the go.
Dev: Sure, we can do a native mobile-
Client: Mind you, we’ll want a desktop version too. We’ll need to use it from the office.
Dev: Okay, well, a responsive web app-
Client: One of our priorities is definitely ease of access – we’ll need the app accessible from the home screen, ’cause who has time for typing in URLs, amirite? We’ll also want it to be useable offline, whenever people want to.
Dev: Ye-yeah, no problem, we can wrap your web app in a webview, bundle it up as a native app, and-
Client: Yeah, cool. So they’ll just be able to go to the site and install the app, right?
Dev: Well, no, they’ll have to download it from the appropriate App Store.
Client: Eh, that’s a no-go – this is internal only, we can’t have it showing up in the app stores. Didn’t I make that clear from the start?
Dev: …

The term your client was looking for is Progressive Web App – an application that acts like a responsive web app when accessed from the browser on any device, but can be installed to mobile devices like a native application. The link above makes the case for PWAs, so we won’t belabour the point – if you’re still here, it’s because you’re convinced it’s time to build a PWA.

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Zen and the Art of Working with Internal Teams

Zen and the Art of Working with Internal Teams

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many internal development teams in my career in software development. For our company, working in partnership with internal development teams is, in fact, a common project type. Clients call on our particular services for any number of reasons but the most common are to a) increase development traction or b) supplement core internal skills with outside development expertise.

We’ve worked with internal teams comprised of a single developer as well as internal development teams for vast, multinational tech companies with internal departments that dwarf our entire company. (more…)

Digital Disruption and the Menswear Renaissance

Digital Disruption and the Menswear Renaissance

Disruption has been the buzzword in tech for the last half a decade or so, and I thought it might be interesting to detail how disruption has personally changed my life as it simultaneously changed the fashion industry.

First, let’s define a few terms:

    1. Ready to wear (RTW) – These are clothes sold “off the rack” in standardized sizes. You can have these clothes altered to fit you more precisely, but all clothes in one size are made to the same standard from the same pattern. You can go to Dillards and be wearing the suit you purchase within a week (assuming you have it altered). The price range is generally somewhere between $300 and $1,500, excluding outliers.

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Music and AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Music and AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Prior to the release of The Jazz Singer in 1927, live musicians accompanied motion pictures in movie theaters. After the integration of synchronized sound, live musicians were no longer necessary. Protesting this technological advancement that took away their jobs, the Music Defense League spent $500,000 (quite a sum of money in the 1930s!) on an ad campaign featuring a maniacal robot. (more…)