UX: Beyond a Beautiful UI

What do you think of when you hear the term “UX?” Do you think wireframes and software interface design? It’s true having designers to translate marketing requests into visual representations for your developers is a competitive advantage, but user experience design is more than just visual. A Systematic Approach to Empathy In order to truly be…

Just the Beginning: Lessons From a Hackathon

It’s Saturday afternoon, and amid cold pizza, micro brews, and half-eaten donuts, teams of three or four sit in front of laptops, heads poking up intermittently  to scan a whiteboard full of vision statements, UX questions, and feature lists. This is the scene of the first hackathon at the newly opened 1871, the co-working-space-meets-tech-startup-beehive and Code Academy…

Pinstagram Co-creator Pek Pongpaet

It started out as a joke between two friends: since Instagram and Pinterest are the hottest properties out there, wouldn’t it be funny to just mash the two together? But if the friends happen to be  programming nerds, like Brandon Leonardo and Pek Pongpaet, co-founder of Tapisto that creates mobile websites for small businesses, the punchline you get is Pinstagram.co,…