SWARMcast.tv or: How we started a YouTube channel on tech and entrepreneurship.

A few months back we started the NY Emerging Tech Meetup, which is run here at SWARM HQ in the Flatiron District. Thus far, we’ve had two really exciting sessions - one on VR/AR applications and the other on connected devices.The trend of awesome sessions continues! We have a few really interesting ones coming up:Machine / deep learningQuantum computingThe quantified self and behavioral [...]

5 Things that excite us about the new Apple TV

Having worked on the Apple TV app for a major national sports broadcaster, we’ve been really looking forward to the new Apple TV announcement, and being lucky enough to get our hands on a pre-release device these are some of the things we're really excited about in the new Apple TV,Here are 5 things we’re playing with:1. Top ShelfUntil now it was only Apple’s own apps that were allowed to be in [...]

Exploring tvOS/AppleTV and other second screen devices.

As a company, we’ve always been bullish on SmartTV and second screen applications, so when Apple announced the new tvOS paired with an AppleTV that anyone could build applications for, we were thrilled. Thrilled because we’ve already worked with AppleTV rolling our first app for the platform back in May 2015. It was for a major television network and is now accessed by millions of [...]

Introducing NYC's first Emerging Tech Meetup

  When SWARM started as a Mobile Agency it was always our goal to sit at the forefront of emerging technologies, the majority of our team owns some form of smart watch or at least a wearable, we enjoy experimenting with new gadgets, IoT (Internet of Things) interface design, beacons, and really anything new and interesting that we can get our hands on. A part of this [...]

Example Mobile Spec Sheet / Scope of Work

Feel free to take this example spec sheet and use it. This spec/scope of work doc will help you define your mobile application conceptually and will be a lifesaver when approaching designers / developers for estimates. If you think we can improve on this in any way, please let us know in the comments, otherwise enjoy, and please link back.   Example App – iOS or Android [...]

Can a graphic designer create a mobile app mockup?

  At SWARM, a mobile design and development agency we look for interesting industry specific questions that the community may have quite often. A question I found on Quora asked "Can a graphic designer create a mobile app mockup?" With the design space becoming more specialized, I took an interest in discovering the answer. The answer is “yes, but…” When [...]

Hacking together mobile apps using Twitter as a data store.

At SWARM, an app design and development company in New York, we love to run experiments and try new things. Some of our experiments like the SWARM Weather Watch Face have even been featured in app stores like Google Play.So when defining PartyUP Player (PUP) into an MVP (minimum viable product), we came across an interesting problem while streamlining this new app.The [...]

We are Made in NY

  We are excited to announce that we've been accepted to the "Made in NY" family, and are thrilled to be joining other leading digital businesses in supporting the continued digital growth of NYC. As New Yorkers, we've always believed that incredible digital businesses can be established here, and the "Made in NY" initiative is a testament to those companies that relentlessly push [...]

A look at interactive websites: WELTRADE.com

  At SWARM, while we're pretty focused on new products coming out of the digital space, we're also interested in how they're marketed and what those attempts mean about the brands they represent. Every now and then, its good to step away from focusing on app design and development and go back to our art school roots to discover the different meanings that brands try to project.  Let's [...]

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. [...]

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