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Article  |  UX

5 Helpful Design Process Steps to Improve Your Healthcare App

2 Mar 2016

5 Helpful Design Process Steps to Improve Your Healthcare App

Although there are regulations and complicated processes to contend with, is designing useful health care apps so different from designing other types of applications? Other industries, services, and companies are increasingly embracing technology and improving user experiences every day. And yet the management of our health and wellbeing seems to be quite far behind.

Is it such a unique field that we can’t apply any of our design expertise? I don’t believe so, and here’s why...

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Article  |  Development

Debugging HTTP Requests with Sinatra

23 Feb 2016

Debugging HTTP Requests with Sinatra

Recently I was working on a task where I was attempting to connect to a third party API (from a Rails app using the HTTParty gem). The API had a fairly complicated authorization header that needed to be built, by concatenating the body of the request itself along with various authorization headers, then being hashed, and then being base64 encoded and escaped. If the header was improperly formed, all I saw was a 403 Forbidden response - not particularly helpful for debugging.

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Article  |  Strategy

4 Ways To Get To Know Your Clients

8 Feb 2016

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Don't forget the the middle-man in between you and the user. You know, the company behind the product? AKA your client? Their organization? To build a successful product, it’s just as important to get to know them for a lot of reasons.

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Article  |  Leadership

Versatile: Another Core Value

2 Feb 2016

We are versatile

Some time in the last year we decided that we needed to re-examine our existing core values. When we sat down to rethink this, versatility was already one of our core objectives. It’s one of our values that has stuck with us and has been relevant in our agency throughout the years.

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Article  |  Strategy

User Research Is Unnecessary and Other Such Myths

13 Jul 2015

The better we understand users, the better products and services we can create. User research is a critical, yet often overlooked step in the development process. Read on for a look at a few commonly held misconceptions about user research and learn why it's more more accessible for your project than you may think.

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Article  |  Development

Haml - A Change of Heart

7 May 2015

It was a couple of years ago when I was introduced to Haml. I believe my first time working with it was on an inherited project. The markup was very unfamiliar and a bit of a pain. Why would anyone want to abstract out HTML when you could just write it normally? It initially seemed like a needless, intermediary step.

I did recognize some of it's benefits. For example, it is nice to not have to worry about closing tags and the amount of typing it could save was pretty obvious. However, the indentation and other quirks seemed like a little too much to put up with.

So I went about my day, turning my nose up at the mention of Haml. Too cool for school, right?

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