Do I really need to hire a designer if a developer can do the job?

As every entrepreneur knows, when bootstrapping or working with a small budget, it’s important to be very careful with resources. It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting one team member to take on the responsibilities of multiple roles. With design, it’s unfortunate yet common enough for teams to have their engineering talent handle the task. But there is an opportunity [...]

A letter to friends: we're stoked to introduce Ludlow.io!

Hi friends, We’ve gotten a ton of positive feedback about our weekly newsletter, and we thought we’d share our story - why we created one, how we decided to revamp it, and then the exciting stuff. We want to thank you for all your support (you guys are awesome, really). As some of you know, we’re a modest sized team here in NYC. Bootstrapped with little time to devote to [...]

Instagram says more about you than you think.

Happy Friday! To end the week, we’d like to mix it up with Instagram filters, Zuckerberg news, creative wall decor, tips to evade cyber hacks, and Google’s long overdue travel app.   MACHINE LEARNING Your choice of Instagram filter says more about you than you think - according to a recent study by Harvard University’s Andrew Reece and the University of Vermont’s [...]

Can you learn to walk with virtual reality?

This week we talk virtual reality, artificial intelligence, design inspiration, and productivity tips.   VIRTUAL REALITY When most people hear virtual reality they think fun and games. For paraplegic patients, virtual reality could lead to thoughts of something much more powerful - the chance of actually walking again. Yes, people who were once told they would never walk again are closer [...]

Why do Olympic swimmers have remarkably large, round hickies?

This week we rap hickies, self-powered skateboards, and emo AIs that get us. Why do Olympic swimmers have remarkably large, round hickies? Read this article on the ancient Chinese healing technique to find out. People are talking about Boosted, the electric skateboarding company that just came out with the world’s lightest electric vehicle called Boosted Board —apparently [...]

What if tattoos could control your television?

From chatbots that help the homeless to insights on product management methodologies to tattoos that control your television. Remember the Chatbot lawyer DoNotPay that overturned 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York? Well the bot’s creator Joshua Browder decided to tackle bigger challenges, like homelessness. With DoNotPay, users can visit the website, fill out questions [...]

Complexion Reduction: A New Trend in Design

We have been living in a world of ‘clean and minimal’ for quite some time, so what’s next? Over the last several months, some of the leaders of innovative design have taken ‘minimal design’ to the next level. Facebook, Airbnb and Apple have followed a similar blueprint to simplify prominent products in a way that reflects this new trend of ‘Complexion [...]

2016 is Not the Year of VR, Though I Wish it Would Be.

I remember my first virtual reality experience as if it were yesterday. It was 1991 and I was with my dad at a mall somewhere in Westchester, just north of the city. In the mall, a gaming store that we always hit to check out the latest and greatest from Nintendo was having a showcase of Virtually VR’s Dactyl Nightmare, a Player vs’ Player VR game that touted all of the early [...]

My journey from Adobe, to Sketch, and back to Adobe for UI design. 

Last week Adobe finally released the beta version of its much hyped version of Sketch — called Adobe XD (Experience Design). The explicitly named tool is an all-in-one design suite, incorporating UX and UI tools, presentation components, and prototyping features for websites and mobile apps.I was hoping to run through and do a comparison of the two, but as I progressed this turned into a series [...]

The Good, The Bad, and the Suboptimal from Mobile World Congress (2016)

There’s conferences, and then there’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) — a massive maze of tech booths showcasing some of the coolest new tech from around the world. Housed in the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona,at least 100 companies stood in its many halls, each with a booth more spectacular than the next.Just when I thought that I’d wound up at the end of a hall, I would take a [...]

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