Flashback: The New Rockstar Philosophy iPad Book App

Today I was reminiscing about a project I haven’t shared here. Six years ago I took on one of my most interesting projects. Working with authors, a graffiti artist, a videographer, musicians, and IndieInk Publishing we created the NRP iPad Book App. A bit of history though, a month before Professor Ralph Deters (my Masters…

micro:bit etch-a-sketch

I couldn’t help myself one day as I was playing with my son’s micro:bit and the capabilities of Samsung’s micro:bit (official) Android app. Transfering the code via Bluetooth from the app was a bit tricky. Just follow the instructions displayed on the app, it works. I then copied the code and pushed it to my…

Overcoming Creative Blocks

A friend of mine shared a Button UX Design article. I’m gonna do something different here, the following is a kind of free writing exercise about something that struck me as odd and was bugging me. Here it goes… “This article got me thinking about a specific design convention that has bugged me since its emergence.  Material Design tries to…

Urban Gleaning (fruit picking) Group Coordination

Urban gleaning, or fruit picking, groups have become common in most major cities. Typically the fruit is donated by a neighbour with a fruit tree in their yard, and shared between the volunteers and food banks or events. I wanted to share what I’ve learned from three years of volunteering as a coordinator for one of these…

Git branch permissions on Windows

Recent Problem: In a Windows environment (unfortunately) I needed to set different branch based permissions for different intranet users. If you’re in a Linux environment (lucky you) have a look at Gitolite or Gitlab. If you can use the cloud then Bitbucket.

Learning Drupal

I’m taking the plunge and learning Drupal because: Many companies are using it and it’ll be an extra tool under my belt. I am a fan of Composer and Symfony2 (incl. Twig). I’ve been intrigued with D8 since it has modernized itself and is now integrated with these technologies. I have some projects in mind where a…

Learning Visual Design

For the past few years I’ve been very interested to learn and become a better UX designer and developer. Up until then I thought you needed to be artistic to become any kind of designer. I see this differently now. It helps to have an artistic foundation but artists and designers have different goals and intentions, one coming up with…

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