There is never a shortage of product ideas. Whether good or bad, ideas come from anywhere. The challenge comes when deciding which ideas to pursue and which to postpone or leave behind.Read More
Designing beyond the screen is the result of constant collaboration, keeping designers, and clients ahead of the curve.Read More
The holidays are always a great time of year to reflect on accomplishments, key learnings, and the challenges and opportunities ahead. At Vokal, we do that too, but sometimes it’s equally important to focus on “us” and have fun with each other.Read More
"What's Trending?" is a common question I often get asked as the world of User Experience, specifically in the Industrial space, rapidly spreads. There’s no better time than now to offer some insight into what we, as digital experience and UX experts, see trending as 2015 comes to a close and we look beyond to 2016. Industrial User Experience innovation is maturing every day. The organizations that embrace this innovation, will most certainly see great returns on their investments.Read More
A challenge that every software company faces is striking the balance between staying relevant and staying productive. Software is aggressively evolving; it seems that every day there is a new tool, framework, API, or version of software trending on Y-News, and staying apprised of these evolutions is essential to success. If you fall behind, you run the risk of losing business to a more advanced competitor. In addition, without constant vigilance you may well expose your users to security vulnerabilities. Both outcomes are inevitable, and it is a company’s responsibility to adapt.
After two weeks, iOS 9 adoption appears to be chugging along significantly faster than iOS 8 adoption. First, I'll show you with some pretty, pretty graphs how much faster iOS 9 is being adopted than iOS 8. Next, I'll talk about some of the reasons why that's been the case. Finally, I'll discuss what that means for developers and app owners.Read More
Reactive Programming has been getting a lot of attention in the Android community lately. While it has uses throughout the application stack, we're going to focus here on using it to validate forms (exciting!). This approach cuts down on ugly nested if statements and transforms all of the validation logic to just a few simple lines using the RxJava framework. More, it's robust and testable.Read More
Since the first hardware was rolled 2010, the knock on the iPad has always been that it’s simply an oversized iPhone. While there have been some options which Apple has provided to help developers take advantage of the additional screen real estate like UISplitView, the iPad has lacked the ability to let users take full advantage of that real estate directly...until now. With the announcement of iOS 9, Apple added three new, iPad-only features that are designed to take advantage of the additional space, memory, and horsepower in a device that’s the size of an iPad instead of an iPhone: Picture in Picture, Slide Over, and Split View.Read More