Crafting and Launching Successful Beacon Apps

We were early to hop on the “beacon train” in 2013, and after a few years, we still believe there’s a bright future for proximity based user experiences. During that time, we’ve been lucky enough to work on 10 smartphone applications that use beacons and bluetooth low energy. Over the course of these projects, we’ve learned powerful lessons about what separates successful and unsuccessful beacon apps. The goal of this article is to share the patterns, concepts, and best practices our… Read more »


How to Create A Lightning Fast Signup Flow For Your Mobile App

A record 80 billion mobile apps were downloaded in 2013 and projections show that number doubling in the next four years. While the number of downloads are increasing the attention span of mobile users is on the decline. With so many apps competing for your attention, mobile users are spending less time per app session than ever. For mobile apps requiring new users to signup this is a huge problem. “Signup fatigue” – where people delete an app before completing signup… Read more »


How To Hire An App Developer

Finding an independent app developer or app development company can be tough, especially if you’ve never done it before. Worst of all, picking the wrong team can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. In this post, we’ve set out to make the app developer selection process easy. We boiled down the process into 6 steps that, if followed, will ensure you find the right partner. During this post, we won’t be talking about bringing in app developers… Read more »


Why Your Mobile App Needs a Killer Onboarding Flow

So, you’ve figured out how to get users to sign up for your mobile app. Now how do you get them oriented and on the road to becoming an engaged and active user?  The answer: make a spectacular first impression on new users with a killer onboarding flow. Onboarding is the process of turning a first-time user into a repeat customer during the user’s first interaction with your product.

But why an onboarding process at all?… Read more »


Let’s Break Down Facebook Paper’s UI/UX

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook released a new app called Paper on February 3rd, 2014. Once we got our hands on the app, (get it here), we instantly noticed a minimalist design, awesome animations, and an emphasis on gestures. As mobile designers and developers, it’s so much fun to see Facebook really push the limits of what a native app can do. Let’s check out some of our favorite animations and gestures:

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Twitter Responds to iOS 7 UI

With today’s WWDC announcement of iOS 7, app designers and developers expressed a broad range of first impressions about the new operating system’s user interface. My Twitter stream was on fire with reactions from those at WWDC and those live-streaming the event from home. Here are some of my favorites: https://twitter.com/mattgemmell/status/344187153158381570 https://twitter.com/miniver/status/344148092184043521 https://twitter.com/TheDamianHdez/status/344174789155516420 https://twitter.com/flyosity/status/344198878612041728 https://twitter.com/jerols/status/344199145302659075 https://twitter.com/Cocoanetics/status/344168367822888960 https://twitter.com/emityme/status/344168654633574400