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How to Assess Technical Skills of an Employee

When hiring for multiple technical positions, it is very complicated to remember each person’s particular skills, and how well they compare against the other people competing for the same position. Recently, I’ve come up with a system to assess those skills in a somewhat objective manner. We ask each person to rank where they fit…

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Fictional Friday: Cookie Monster’s Favorite App

There comes a day in some monster’s lives, when people do not leave cookies lying around. What’s a monster to do? For Cookie Monster, the answer is easy. As long as he can restrain himself from eating his iPhone, he can load his favorite app and bake some cookies himself! Once he loads Real Recipes,…

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Wireframes: Top Pix

Top Pix was a photo contest mobile app that I architected a few years ago (which was developed for iOS and Android). The app let users take photos (or select from their Camera Roll) and submit them to a monthly contest. The users with the highest rated photos would then be able to win prizes…

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Fictional Friday: an App for Cobra Commander

It’s not just superheroes that use iPhone apps. One villain that consistently hits obstacles to his plans for world domination is Cobra Commander. No matter what he plans, he is always out-strategized and out-thought by the G.I. Joes. Desperate to improve his skills for machination, Cobra Commander needed a way to test different strategies against…

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Flowchart: Top Pix

A few years ago, I architected and developed a series of photo contest apps. The main app was called “Top Pix”, and it let users take photos (or select from their Camera Roll) and submit them to a monthly contest. The users with the highest rated photos would then be able to win prizes (an…

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Spotlight on: Kate Winsor

Photo by Shaun Menary. When I met Kate Winsor at an ad agency in Dallas, she immediately impressed me with her design aesthetics as well as her attention to detail in the midst of huge, disorganized processes. She is currently a proud mom, who is working as a UX freelancer. Because Kate is an expert…

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Fictional Friday:The App at the Heart of Tony Stark

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, has to contend with some serious medical problems. His hard partying lifestyle, combined with his heart condition, means he’s got to really keep an eye on his health. Sure, he’s got JARVIS to watch over him electronically, but when he’s out and about, he needs something a little more subtle.…

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Fictional Friday: An App For Wonder Woman

No matter how much on her “A game” she is, Diana Prince still has to juggle a lot in her private life as well as her life as Wonder Woman. In a world where so many things are vying for our attention, it’s easy to lose track of the small details. Such as the common…

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How to Evaluate an App Pitch

Everyone you know has an idea for an app. Some of them are obvious, some are esoteric, but how can you tell which of these (after months of hard work) will turn into a mobile phenomenon? The company where I work has a published list of criteria that we use when judging the merits of…

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Fictional Friday: Spider-Man’s most used app

Switching universes from DC to Marvel, let’s imagine how Spider-Man would use his iPhone… I would expect him to still be using his iPhone 4 (because he’s still under contract, and he can’t afford to upgrade). He’d probably also wait for one more product cycle (the iPhone 5S?) since he’s waited this long anyway. His…