How can you ensure your project is successful by utilizing audience insights.
Many organizations have the best intentions in mind when it comes to the company blog but it can be difficult to fulfill on the expectations. How can you select topics that will interest your audience? We explore some tactics to help decide what to share.
I recently participated in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses program. What I learned offered valuable insight into our business and how we can advance. I wanted to take a moment to share my experience.
What is opinionated software and how do you decide what's right for your company?
In this post, we'll give an overview of the difference between a sitemap and a wireframe. We won't make you a UX designer by reading it, but you could probably win Who Wants to be a Millionaire or Jeopardy! with this info.
Knowing the lifespan of your social posts can help you better plan your marketing strategy. We explore what those lifespans are and how they effect your content plans.
Each year The Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management recognizes the fastest growing customers in the Greater Cleveland Area. The Refinery was awarded first place in the Upstart category for 2016.
Keep the winning feeling alive, Cleveland!
With this revolutionary new Google Chrome extension, you can relive the excitement of the 2016 Cavaliers Championship every day. This innovative extension will make subtle changes to the websites you visit, and keep the spirit of victory alive in us.
There are many examples online of pure CSS3 accordions. Many of these accordions use a combination of anchor elements with the
:target pseudo-class while others use a combination of labels and checkboxes with the
:checked pseudo-class. Either approach is certainly functional, but which is the right way? Perhaps the better question would be is there a right way? I believe the answer can be found in the underlying semantics and UX.
If you have a Ruby on Rails app sending email through Mandrill, you may be feeling a bit squeezed right now. Mandrill’s recent announcement, to combine the service with paid monthly MailChimp plans, caused us some problems with our low volume services.
As a result, we’ve moved several of our applications over to SparkPost.
I belong to a mastermind group of fellow consultants. We get together quarterly to share our successes, failures and learn from each other. There’s one bemoaning complaint which is consistently brought up… what do we do about RFP’s?
Software projects are notorious for taking longer than expected to deliver. As a result, those projects cost more than expected. Usually the fingers point at project managers in those situations, but that's not always just. In my experience, those original expectations are to blame.
These expectations are unreliable, and often untrue. Hanging your project plan from a scaffolding of unrealistic expectations is dangerous. There is a better way.
Both awards, a Judges Choice and a Gold Addy, were for our work with GoodGreens, a local wellness bar company.
Cost is a fundamental constraint of all software projects. Engineering software is a complex practice, full of rabbit trails and unexpected twists and turns. Agile methodologies guide us through these precarious situations by embracing the reality that they will happen — keeping us on our toes. This keeps timing and costs visible at all times, so that we make smart decisions in the face of uncertainty.
Our company was founded here in Cleveland over 10 years ago. We care deeply about this city, and its growing technology sector. We're proud to be included in a list of so many great entrepreneurial companies in Cleveland, and we look forward to collaborating in the future.
After 10 years in business as Designing Interactive, we are excited to announce our new company brand, The Refinery.
All successful people are big dreamers - creative in every aspect of managing their career. However, when in a position of power or management do they use that creativity in changing the trajectory of the company they are employed by? Why take such minimal risks when tasked with "changing the paradigm?" Ideation is a great process that can unlock new views on design, process, product, price, convention, curation, competition and strategy. No – Ideation is not all about working in a creative office space it is a method of success that should be encouraged at all levels of an organization.
There is an old adage, “Design is thinking made visible.” This is an absolute truth in the digital age. As a CEO it is mission critical that you understand the design process and how it affects your business.
At Designing Interactive (D-I), our mission is to make the world intuitive. The following five design truths are at the core of our philosophy. Design is the epicenter that drives the strategies we have used to create user interfaces for millions of people across the globe.
D-I is deeply invested in Cleveland, OH. Our team is all from here and for the last 10 years we’ve been located in the same office in the suburb of Rocky River. We’ve been a long standing member of the community and are passionate about continuing to create jobs here in Cleveland.
Last year I went on a speaking tour across the United States. During that time, I attended many Agile conferences, meetup groups and private company meetings. At these events, I kept hearing the same parable over and over. I heard it so much that I believed it, and since then, I’ve been spreading that story myself. It’s a shame, since I now believe it’s actually more harmful than it is productive.
I’m a morning person. I enjoy rising early to plan my day and anticipate what I’ll accomplish. This routine provides clarity of thought and a hunger to act. It challenges me to be alert, prepared, and persistent toward the day’s priorities. Ultimately, it provides an energy and momentum that nourishes me throughout the day, and that—through my action—helps to nourish my team and the software projects we’re responsible for.
Indeed, I’m happy to be a morning person, except on the first Thursday of each month. On these miserable mornings, waking up is a chore. On these mornings, I feel helpless to intercede in the unfortunate events that will invariably unfold in the hours to come. On these mornings, I’m not happy.
Yesterday OpenSSL, an open-source software that's used to encrypt web communications, was breached resulting in a widespread vulnerability codenamed "Heartbleed." D-I routinely uses the OpenSSL technology to secure sensitive online transactions for its clients.
Software exists to create an experience for a user, be it solving a problem or some other business value. Any development process that loses sight of that experience, even for a second, will miss opportunities to create something great.
We presented an idea to the Codemash Conference for a new t-shirt design this year. They decided not to print t-shirts this year, so this design was just for our own enjoyment.
Even though this design doesn't work on the apparel the conference selected, we wanted to share the process we went through to design it.