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The Internet of Me

Right now, there are thousands of articles talking about privacy and information related to mobile users, and nowhere is this more applicable than with electronic health records. Simply using simple location information (latitude and longitude, plus the date and time when it was recorded), we can start to make inferences about a user’s behavior. When…

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Indoor Location Positioning Using iBeacons

Maps are a huge business for both Google and Apple. Although Appleā€™s initial effort on mapping fell short, they quickly fixed their most glaring problems and now have a nearly equivalent offering to that of Google. That being said, relying on GPS for location positioning works well on a macro scale, but is at best…

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Wireframes: mySTOX

mySTOX is a stock portfolio app that I designed while sitting in the keynote of an Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). I was talking with a friend about the possibility of Apple allowing widgets within the springboard (aka Home screen) of iOS 6, and I started sketching what I would like to have as a…

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Spotlight on: Cone Johnson

Cone Johnson is an interaction designer and information architect in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of agencies (The Richards Group, Temerlin McClain, Luminant, and Brierley+Partners, to name a few). I originally met her through a friend at imc2, when she was working on the Big (D)esign Conference. She is also an avid…

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Fictional Friday: Walter White’s Second Phone

For someone with so many problems, it’s surprising that Walter White (from Breaking Bad) doesn’t take advantage of current technology. He’s more of a do-it-yourself, solve-it-with-SCIENCE kind of guy. But sometimes, there’s no amount of sitting at a pool and contemplating an imminent fate that can get him out of a sticky situation. Plus, it’s…

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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…