• Beyond User Interface: The Age of Bots

    22 December 2016
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    Perhaps you’ve heard of Donut. Donut is a bot, and he (yes — Donut is male), pairs colleagues for coffee chats. He runs through the office chat app Slack, and he’s not in the bot pen alone. Slack, the messaging medium of choice for 3+ million daily users, hosts over 150 chatbots. Virtual robots that function through text commands, they offer everything from personalized health info to restaurant recommendations. Type in “offers for hotel.com,” and the Discount Hero bot will show you room deals.… keep reading
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  • 13 Challenges of Content Migration Infographic

    19 October 2016
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    CURTIS Digital - 13 Challenges of Enterprise Content Migration… keep reading
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  • Agile Burndown Charts and Why You Need Them

    27 October 2014
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    If you search for “Burndown chart example” on Google images, as we software folk are wont to do, you’ll stumble across this little gem: Whether or not you have a deeply rooted appreciation for internet memes, there is no denying the fact that Boromir/Sean Bean/Ned Stark is right. One does not simply ignore the burndown chart. If you’re new to Agile development or simply have not used burndown charts in the past, you might be wondering what insight they might bring you.… keep reading
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  • Improving User Experience, One Field at a Time – Again

    CURTIS Digital User Experience one field at a time
    Most of the systems we develop here are CURTIS Digital now have a input pattern around Twitter handle inputs, e.g., @quotientaustin or @social_quotient . This is commonly found in a user profile management screen, a content management system CMS form, or integrated systems where several Twitter handles are parsed for data to present in another context. There are several common ways to approach this request to the user. Text input box with each handle separated by a comma Text area with each item on a new row A repeating text input – so users can keep adding another Tag input We find that users often have issues with these input criteria – similar to the input of http:// found in our previous post , users are unsure if they need to enter the @ sign or just the name as they copy from other sources.… keep reading
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  • Improving User Experience, One Field at a Time

    HTTP:// checker Sometimes, users need a little help with inputting full, proper URLs. While working with Dibster, a local start-up MVP client, we ran in to a small usability problem while going through user testing. A lot of the users of the system are non-technical, and we kept finding that they were not inputting URLs the way that our system wanted. For reference, systems typically want something like: http://curtisdigital.wpengine.com vs. quotient.net The common approach to this data problem is to handle it on the back-end during transit to the application or before inserting to the database.… keep reading
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  • Inspired CSS3 Animation Code

    3 December 2013
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    I read and study the designs on Dribbble.com on a daily basis. I came accross a cool animation a few days ago that begged to be coded. Based on the simple design it seemed like it should be doable so I thought I would also take the time to teach myself some animation properties of CSS3. Here is what I ended up based on this awesome inspiration from Robin Andersen http://dribbble.com/shots/829412-iPhone-iPad-Macbook  Post by John Curtis, CEO… keep reading
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  • Android Studio Released!

    20 June 2013
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    Last month at Google I/O, the Android community announced the release  of their new integrated development environment: Android Studio. Android’s new IDE is based on the popular Java-oriented IDE, IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition (also free!). Because CURTIS Digital uses IntelliJ IDEA in its arsenal of Android development tools, we’re especially ready to begin tinkering with this new offering. To help get everyone else excited about this early access preview of Android Studio, we’ve outlined some of our favorite features so far.… keep reading
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  • TechCrunch Austin Meetup and Pitch-Off

    31 May 2013
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    It’s awesome working in technology. It’s even more awesome working in technology in Austin. The small-city vibe encourages a sense of camaraderie amongst all of us that work in this field. It is the perfect environment for startups to share their ideas, and the TechCrunch event last night proved that we Austinites have much to offer the tech world. Three of us ventured to The Stage on 6th last night to the TechCrunch Austin meetup to watch a startup “Pitch-Off.” Here is a summary of the winning startups.… keep reading
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  • Developing a Cross-Channel UX Strategy

    22 August 2012
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    User Experience Designers (UXD) architect interfaces for several device and platform types. And, we must have a general understanding of how our design may be rendered in all of them — mindful of all the details and elements that maintain the brand identity while also adhering to business objectives and advocating for the end-users. A cross-channel user experience strategy is the process of tying all of the encounters a user could possibly have with a brand into a consistent and total customer experience.… keep reading
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  • Aligning Principles of Agile Development to the Work of UX Practictioners

    25 June 2012
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    Agile development is collaboration… Being a newbie to User Experience Design (UX), I find myself working very hard to gain a greater understanding of software development and the needs of the development team. Now, of course, in more recent years I’ve also seen a significant focus on the application of agile development methodologies. In an effort to familiarize myself with  Principles of Agile Development, I researched modern applications. My understanding is that the focus of these principles is on these attributes: collaboration, expedition, simplicity, adaptability, viability and sustainability; all of course in the name of exceeding the needs of the client.… keep reading
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