Digital Art as Design Inspiration

  Digital art pieces can be great for inspiration when you're stuck and trying to work through a problem. Notwithstanding, they're also excellent at burning through a few hours at work because they are undeniably a wonderful distraction. In this post I've collected a few places that I like and dislike, so go for inspiration, and comments welcome. Artist Maria A. [...]

Tutorial: Building an Android Wear Watch Face, Part 3 : Wearable APIs

This is part 3 of a 4 part series where we explore the challenges of making wearable apps, by building an Android wear watch face with real-time weather data.In Part 1, we provided an overview and created our first watch face. In Part 2 we took a deeper dive into the watch face. In this part we explore the Wearable Communication APIs and build the real-time weather communication [...]

Tutorial: Building an Android Wear Watch Face, Part 2 : The Watch Interface

This is part 2 of a 4 part series where we explore the challenges of making wearable apps, by building an Android wear watch face with real-time weather data.In Part 1 We provided an overview of the app and created our first watch face. In this part we take a deeper dive into the watch face and the considerations that must be made in making the watch face. We will follow up in the Part 3 about [...]

Tutorial: Building an Android Wear Watch Face, Part 1 : Overview

Wearable devices such as Android wear and the upcoming Apple watch are pioneering a brand new user experience, "Information at a glance".This presents new opportunities for app developers to provide end-users with contextual, relevant and personalized information. However, it also introduces a whole new set of challenges for both designers and developers.In this tutorial we explore [...]

Best places for design inspiration and other generally cool things.

  It’s no big secret that once in a while you need to look elsewhere to get out of the same old pattern. For those who may be looking for inspiration, for this I thought I’d share some of my favorite places to go to while trying to pass the winter doldrums and stay on top of my game. One. Bored Panda  I love the imagery here, and the content they post is always beautiful [...]

Digital Marketing Fundamentals or: How to Plan Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

A while back we covered the marketing basics for startups. If you’re jumping into this checklist without first having defined your marketing fundamentals, we highly urge you to read the other post first.If you are already caught up, or just want to head straight to the digital marketing checklist then keep on reading. Before you market, prepare to marketIt’s incredibly important to have all your [...]

Why did they replace the <.b> and <.i> tag with <.strong> and <.em>?

  A coworker asked this question. It's curious that this HTML change occurred. Most front end developers are aware that the <strong> and <em> are preferable as they are accessible styles, meaning that they encourage screen readers to note their existence, whereas <b> and <i> are ignored. But why did the HTML lords not just change the action of the <b> and [...]

How much does it cost to develop a mobile app?

  How much does it cost to make an iPhone or Android App is a question that we get asked quite frequently. Our team has built mobile apps for startups, Fortune 500’s and everything in between, mobile apps that have been featured in app stores and sat in the recommended section for a few weeks. So when someone asks us how much will it cost to build an app. The only honest answer [...]

SWARM Experiments | Solving the LFG Problem in Gaming with Party Up Player

   It's no secret that we like our video games. In fact, here at SWARM we even have our own Minecraft Server, and precisely because we like video games we've seen that there's a constant and ongoing problem with them, which is that unless you have a group of buddies to game with, multiplayer video games simply won't be as much fun for you.  If you want to jump into the experiment [...]

Android Fragment Animations

Here at SWARM, a design and app development company based in New York, we are focused on exploring new ways to improve Android apps. Here's a great tip on how to add some sizzle to your app, simply by using the transition and animation support built into the fragment framework. Transitions To use one of the built-in Transitions, use the setTranstion() [...]

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