by Kim on May 15, 2013
The first Boulder Startup Week event hosted by InspiringApps was a smashing success! Panelists Sean, Daniel, Royce, and Rachel shared insights into what it’s like to be new to Boulder. Topics ranged from best Mexican food in Boulder (Big City Burrito, Illegal Pete’s and Zolo Grill) to ways to find a good apartment, to how to meet folks (meet ups and climbing gyms). Thank you panelists for speaking to the crowd gathered in our office!
Come on back Friday for our own Aaron Lea’s insights on UX.
by Aaron Lea on May 10, 2013
It’s May, and Boulder Startup Week is upon us. Due to the success from last year’s packed, standing-room-only event here at InspiringApps, we decided to host not one, but two events for 2013 to accommodate the entrepreneurial spirit of Boulder. Be sure to register early to ensure your chance to get in the door.
I Moved To Boulder And…
Wednesday, May 15th 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
What happens when you move to Boulder? A LOT. It’s pretty amazing how easy it is to get plugged into the community here. Instead of just reading about it, come meet people who have moved here in the last year and hear how easily they’ve integrated into the community.
This event will start with a short panel where some recent Boulder transplants will tell their stories and answer questions, and then we’ll wrap things up with a happy hour.
Register here to attend (free)
UX Crash Course
Friday, May 17th 2013 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Does everyone LOVE what you are building? Great product is the result of great user experience (UX). Join the national thought leaders in UX to learn how to make product that not only works, but is a JOY to use. Brian Baker, Managing Partner of The First User, along with Aaron Lea of Inspiring Apps will illustrate the fundamentals of UX – and with a small group of folks, dive deep into how you can build Great UX into your product.
Register here to attend (free)
We hope to see you there!
by Stacy on April 29, 2013
I recently returned from my third trip to South by Southwest – SXSW. I haven’t seen official stats, but it felt like larger swarms of people descended on Austin for this year’s Interactive portion of the SXSW festival. Some people say larger swarms mean more buzzwords, as modea.com depicts in their slick infographic (http://www.modea.com/buzzwordbingohd/sxsw/). The larger number of participants certainly didn’t mean more variations in advice from C-level keynote speakers. When asked, “If you could give one bit of advice what would it be?”, their response was overwhelmingly, “Follow your dream.” One can only think these speakers spent their time working on other portions of their talks and were blindsided by this cutting question.
But SXSW didn’t disappoint. I went to the festival to learn more about how other people build great products, and I walked away with insightful advice and a peace of mind that InspiringApps is on the right track. I had the opportunity to listen to leaders in the mobile-consumer-application space talk about how they get closer to their user base and how they assemble their teams.
Hands down my favorite part of SXSW is the people I met. This sounds cliche but it’s true. I had an opportunity to meet people from across the country and world, who have built and are building companies similar to InspiringApps.
It’s hard to quantify the knowledge you walk away from SXSW with. You suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) the entire time you are there. Then you sit down on the airplane headed back to the ‘real world’ and your eyes gloss over from all the information you have jammed into your head over the last several days. One thing I know for sure, I arrived home with a new level of passion and appreciation for the work I get to do every day and the people I get to do it with.
by Miles Matthias on February 4, 2013
I love open source projects and I love github. The github platform for easily and efficiently working in a distributed group in an asynchronous manner is second to none. Lately I’ve found myself submitting more pull requests than I’ve ever done and I’ve found the experience really awesome.
The thing I’ve liked most about using pull requests is that I’m free to mess up. When contributing to an open source project that other people look at, I’m afraid of looking stupid to everyone else, especially if my code is immediately merged into the codebase. I don’t want to be the guy that breaks the application for everyone else. Pull requests give me a safety net for people to review my contribution, give me feedback, and give me a chance to make corrections or improvements. I’m eager to get feedback because it most likely means I’ll learn something that I didn’t know and I’ll be a better developer because of it. And worst case scenario – my code breaks everything – it was just as much the fault of the pull request reviewer as it was mine (which is no excuse to make the same mistake twice though), which allows me to not stress that everything needs to be absolutely perfect before submitting. That’s the great thing about open source code – someone can do the first 80% of the work and then someone else can swoop in and help with the last 20%.
by Jamie Jo Vittetoe on December 18, 2012
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by Brad on December 10, 2012
It has been said that when you have only a hammer, you see every problem as a nail. At InspiringApps, we enjoy the variety that comes from having lots of tools in our collective toolbox. We build mobile web apps. We build native mobile apps. When we build native apps, sometimes we do so with Objective-C and Java. Other times, we use a cross-platform framework that allows us to build the same app for multiple platforms using a single code base. Today I’m going to talk about one of those cross-platform frameworks.
by Suzanne on November 19, 2012
InspiringApps would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
This time of year it’s nice to step back and think about what we’re thankful for. At InspiringApps, we’re thankful for an ever-growing technology scene that allows us to continue expanding on what is possible. We’re thankful for a group of amazing clients who bring their challenges to us and trust our team to help them find effective and innovative solutions. And, we’re thankful for each other because, quite frankly, working here is fun!
On a personal level, I am thankful for my sweet kiddos (Maddie, 3 and Spencer, 6 months) who teach me something new every day.
Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for?
by Jamie Jo Vittetoe on November 16, 2012
Last week I had the amazing opportunity attend the UI17 Conference in Boston. UI17 focuses on the leading trends and best practices in interface design, multi-device design, and team-based solutions. The conference follows an unconventional format with one day of shorter talks sandwiched between two full day workshops. This format was an effective way to dive deep into two topics while still getting an overview of related important topics.
by Aaron on November 15, 2012
I have found there are a number of challenges to writing thorough documentation, and I’d like to discuss those here.
The following is not intended to be exhaustive or complete in anyway. While these ideas would likely apply to all forms of documentation, I’ll keep this to my personal experiences.
Additionally, the following may not be applicable or correct for all projects. Rather, this is really just the musings of a developer who wrestles with (in a good way) creating documentation that will be useful to others.
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by Suzanne on November 8, 2012
Weyerhaeuser wanted to provide a tool for carpenters and contractors to determine appropriate beam sizes for their deck building projects in under a minute. InspiringApps made that a reality. View the complete case study here to see how this app gives precise and speedy feedback to deck building professionals.