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Design Roles – UX & UI

Design Roles – UX & UI

(. . . and how these are two very different phases of a software project)   Back in the day, we were all “web designers” - simply put. We knew everything from buying the domain name to launching the site and figured out everything in between as the project...

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Perspectives on CES 2019

This was my fifth CES in ten years, and it definitely felt busier than ever. The exhibit halls, ballrooms, and conference facilities were packed with all sorts of goodies every hour of every day, at hotels up and down the Vegas Strip — not just at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo. As always,

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The Promise of Software-Driven Hardware

“Hardware is the new app” is something you hear regularly in the Silicon Valley. And it really is a valid statement. With the introduction of the smartphone 10 short years ago, the app took software off computers and company networks and put it into the hands of everybody doing every activity every day. As long as you have a (smart) phone, there is an app for everything.

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Sixteen Panels Made Me Think

Three years ago my wife and I signed up to purchase an array of sixteen solar panels for our rooftop. It was part of a neighborhood group-buy sponsored by the City of Milwaukee, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and our local neighborhood association. Along with the purchase, we became members of the MREA and learned for the first time about their annual Energy Fair. Every year, thousands of people with an interest in sustainable energy convene in northern Wisconsin for three days of workshops, industry speakers, and other activities.

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Please, Don’t Copy Airbnb’s Pitch Deck

Creating a pitch deck can be overwhelming, so naturally, we turn to the internet to give us some sound advice. We’ve all read articles examining “Pitch Deck Examples from Successful Startups” with Airbnb usually listed at the top. Unfortunately, these articles have lead entrepreneurs to believe there’s a simple formula for building a pitch: replicating Airbnb’s deck.

Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t copy Airbnb’s deck:

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What is Blockchain?

At its most basic level, blockchain is a digital-distributed ledger that people around the world can use to exchange information or anything else of value, such as money, titles, contracts, music, video, energy, etc., through encrypted, secure transactions. Businesses...

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May is MIDI Month!

The MIDI Association, the free community for MIDI users, is launching the second annual May is MIDI Month membership and donation drive.

May is MIDI Month is a celebration of MIDI for the entire MIDI community: companies making MIDI products, the press/media, and musicians and artists who regularly use MIDI. MIDI connects products from different companies together and also connects creative people from around the world.

Book Review: Artful Design

In our age of rapidly evolving technology and unyielding human restlessness and discord, design ought to be more than simply functional; it should be expressive, socially meaningful, and humanistic. Design should transcend the purely technological, encompass the human, and strive for the sublime.

Art+Logic at NAMM 2019

Every January, the entire pro audio and music instrument industry congregates in Anaheim, California for the Winter NAMM Show. This year it’s taking place later this week, from January 24th through Sunday the 27th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Art+Logic will be in attendance for the 28th consecutive year, checking in with clients (old, new, and future!) and also taking a peek at new gear that’s coming down the pike. 

I’ll also be speaking Saturday afternoon on a panel as part of the A3E track — “Cloud Integration Strategy: Server vs Service” will happen at 4PM Saturday January 26th in the Hilton. If you’re there, please say ‘hey’.

Incubator Kick-off

Art+Logic has kicked-off its first software Incubator project, and I was selected to handle the development effort. After meeting Dr. Scott Hawley and being briefed on the technique he uses for classification of audio files using neural networks (NN), and determining...

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