Posts Tagged ‘software’

Own the Experience: Co-design with Your Engineers

by Jon on October 1st, 2013 - Comments (0)

Design Exchange Boston

Design Exchange Boston
October 10, 2013
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Tavern Road
343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

Join Involution Studios’ user interface design Eric Benoit to learn simple but effective tips for taking your designs into production-grade software. The engineering process will be the most critical part of your designs, and saying “They didn’t build it the way I designed it” should no longer be an excuse. By collaborating during the engineering phase you’ll realize and execute fantastic design by experiencing your designs, overcoming the gotchas, and hearing real-world feedback to hone the best possible experience.

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Software Interface Design: Process and Principles

by Jon on October 1st, 2013 - Comments (0)

General Assembly

Software Interface Design: Process and Principles
October 7, 2013
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

General Assembly Boston
101 Main Street, 14th floor
Cambridge , MA 02142

Join Involution Studios’ user interface designer / engineer, Reshma Mehta as she covers the process of designing complex software systems, using real world projects as case studies.

Starting with research and discovery to product blueprinting, the process turns non-linear as we enter the interface design phase that entails building mental models, sketching and creating pixel perfect mock-ups. Throughout, designs are continuously validated through rapid prototyping, feedback and progressive learning.

The class will cover:
• Concept and techniques for principal steps in the design process
• Importance of research and discovery – building context and understanding scenarios
• What it takes to get to a production worthy design
• Principles of good software interface design

This class is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the software design process but may be of particular interest to:
• Product Managers
• Software Engineers or Software Developers
• Junior User Interface and User Experience Designers
• Product Leads (Owners) at startups or mid-sized companies

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UXPA 2013

by Danielle on June 10th, 2013
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UXPA International Conference


UXPA International Conference
July 9-12, 2013
Washington Hilton
Washington, DC

Eric Benoit and Ben Salinas will be presenting at this year’s UXPA International Conference in Washington DC. Eric will be giving designers simple but effective tips for taking their designs into […]

Governor Patrick’s Misguided Tax on Software Design and Development

by Jon on March 19th, 2013
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Under a provision in Governor Deval Patrick’s fiscal 2014 plan for the state, a “modern products” Massachusetts sales tax of 4.5% will be levied on the design and engineering services that create the digital world. Massachusetts is filled with software development companies — with verticals from mobile to healthcare to enterprise. It’s a key innovation sector that drives the growth […]

The decay of good products

by Dirk on September 3rd, 2012
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Remember when Spam was just meat in a can? I’m not quite sure when “spam” became a daily and often painful reality of my life – sometime after 1994 but before 2000 – but if it wasn’t for spam filters I suspect email as an online tool would already be obsolete. If you create something good, that people pay attention […]

Involution establishes operations in the U.S. Midwest

by erik on July 26th, 2012
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COLUMBUS, OH (U.S.)—July 26th, 2012—Involution Studios, a software design consultancy based in Boston, MA, announced the opening of a second studio location in Columbus, OH.

“We are so excited about the new Columbus studio,” said Dirk Knemeyer, a founder and current chairman of Involution Studios. “From our first project in Palo Alto, California to our studio in Silicon Valley, then […]

Energy and Software

by Jon on July 23rd, 2012
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Energy is the industry that IT forgot — or at least until recently. While sectors as varied as finance and healthcare, entertainment and communications have roared ahead with digitization, automation, and analytics, the energy industry has not evolved as rapidly. Despite this fact, it’s clear that the future of energy lies in software. In both conservation and sustainability, software offers […]

The Software Revolution Will Be Televised

by Jon on June 6th, 2012
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Last year, Internet luminary and entrepreneur Marc Andreessen wrote a significant essay in the Wall Street Journal, outlining the many ways in which software has become absolutely vital to our world. Software allows us to extend our reach even further than we did before, automating processes, accelerating the rate of change, and providing the sinews between people and data. […]

Health, Technology, and Design

by Jon on April 8th, 2012
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At the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center last Wednesday evening, software innovators came together for a series of presentations and conversation about the opportunity for technology and design to effect positive change in healthcare.

The program, “Linking Healthcare, Technology and Design”, explored aspects of the changing face of the industry, and how digital solutions could provide the […]

Discovering Boston Innovation, Globally

by Jon on March 22nd, 2012
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One of my all time favorite books on innovation and the ecosystems that support it is Richard Florida’s “The Rise of the Creative Class”. Using census and economic data, Florida examines the factors that make Creative Class jobs — in science, engineering, technology, architecture, and the arts — primary drivers for economic growth. He also identifies a number of Creative […]

Laptop Music, Kinected Hacking, and Supply Chain Design

by Jon on November 9th, 2011
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Here’s what we’re reading online, this week at Involution, on design, tech, and the digital life, in our links round up.

If You Make Sure You’re Kinected, the Xbox is on the Wall
Last week, Microsoft’s Kinect turned one year old, and the Redmond giant celebrated the “Kinect Effect” with a video highlighting future applications of the technology from […]

The New Age of Software

by Jon on September 4th, 2011
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Last month Marc Andreessen published a significant essay in the Wall Street Journal, outlining the many ways in which software has become not just important to our world, but the critical guts and infrastructure of it. Andreessen is, of course, pointing out a trend that has been building for some time, which has culminated in a sea change in […]

Software in Africa: more, better, different

by Dirk on March 25th, 2011
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This series on technology in Africa is written by Involution friends and emerging markets experts Niti Bhan and Muchiri Nyaggah.

It may come as a surprise that great software has been coming out of Africa for some time. By 2007, South Africa was already on Gartner’s global top 30 software development outsourcing destinations list, while as far back as 2002 […]

Someday soon, your OS and browser will be the same thing

by Dirk on November 10th, 2010
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This week’s much-ballyhoed launch of RockMelt is again getting the tech intelligentsia in a lather about a potential new browser. What they seem to be ignoring is that the battle has already been won and lost: the best case scenario for RockMelt is, romantically, they become a plucky cult favourite like Flock before running out of steam and sinking […]

How the Internet made fantasy football stoopid

by Dirk on September 27th, 2010
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It is with no small bit of wonder that I recently realized my participation in fantasy sports began 20 years ago, in 1991. Originally “Rotisserie Baseball“, within a couple of years I was also playing fantasy football and it was not long before fantasy baseball fell off and I just enjoyed playing the football equivalent. So it was […]

Plugging in means exposing yourself

by Dirk on September 15th, 2010
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The widely-circulated story today that Google fired an employee for reviewing the “private” files and information of users, and even harassed a user based on their “private” information might seem shocking, but it’s really only illustrating something that those of us in the industry have known for years: anything we say, type or otherwise create that goes thru a […]

Community vs. Connection

by Dirk on September 15th, 2010
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Remember Arguably the first-ever social networking website it “connected” each of us to the people we went to school with over the years. Plagued by clumsy and poorly executed “Web 1.0″ thinking, and an absolutely atrocious pay-to-play business model, could have been Facebook. Instead, it unintentionally ushered in many thousands of social networking start-ups that, as […]

A new era of IT consolidation?

by Dirk on September 13th, 2010
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I don’t use the moniker “IT” very often, typically only to talk about the internal stuff at my company that has to do with computing technology in the vaguest way. Under “IT” falls our hardware and software that runs the gamut of business technology: computers, phones, Internet connection, printers, other peripherals…everything. However, with the recent wave of unexpected and in […]