Wireframe Sketches
Winners from last year's event at Google

Show Chicago You Care at CNT’s Urban Sustainability Apps Competition in October

Submitted by michelle.sus on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 19:26

Over 2.7 million people call the City of Chicago their home. Living in such a large, diverse city inevitably includes challenges as well as benefits that local government cannot always manage. For those residents who wish to volunteer their time, improve their neighborhood or city environmentally and economically but don’t know how to contribute: enter civic hacking.

Educelerate Workshop: UX for EDU

A Recap of Educelerate: UX for .EDU

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 16:08

Last Thursday, I attended a great event hosted by Educelerate entitled “UX for .EDU”. The engaging panel included a good mix of designers, technologists, and educators offering their points of view on the importance of user experience in education-focused products.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud, I Hate You…Wait, I Get ALL those Adobe Products?

Submitted by michelle.sus on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 18:08

Earlier this year Adobe officially moved away from perpetual licensing to subscription plans for all of its products and boy, the creative types sure did freak out. It seems like the biggest complaint for many (including myself) was the lack of choice that came with Adobe’s decision.

Another provocative argument asks, what’s to stop them from increasing the plan pricing? I supposed we’d quit on Adobe and start using comparable, competitor applicat…Oh…

Make better, faster, smarter decisions

Making Better Decisions Based on Real Time Data

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 12:18

Many association leaders are looking to mature their organization’s management culture. One common initiative is teaching executives to make decisions based upon data and organizations are turning to executive dashboards as a means to deliver that data.

Despite being a great idea, it does raise a variety of questions. What data do we need? How do we harvest it at a reasonable cost? How do we get it in front of our key decision-makers so they understand and use the information?

2013 DrupalCon Portland Group Photo

Open Source CMS News – DrupalCon 2013

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 09:43

At Breakthrough Technologies we use Drupal to develop a majority of our Association and Non-Profit websites (and even some web applications). Drupal is one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems and has a large community of professionals supporting it.

iOS 7 Home Screen

Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote – The Unveiling of iOS 7 (gasp!)

Submitted by michelle.sus on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:29

It’s too early to make a final judgment call on how intuitive and innovative iOS 7 actually will be but that has not stopped designers, developers and even consumers from critiquing the hell out of the new mobile operating system. After seeing a live stream of the keynote and test-driving the beta version available to developers I feel entitled to my own premature judgment of “the biggest change in iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.”

Design and Interaction

Welcome to the flat club, Apple, we’ve been waiting for you.

Xerox Ignite classroom performance report

A New Tool for End-of-Chapter Assessments

Submitted by doug.wilson on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 13:35

Xerox has announced some really interesting technology that it says will be available in the 2013-2014 school year.  The system, called Ignite, allows structured exams to be scanned and scored and made available for aggregate scoring using existing office scanning technology.  These system are never without significant setup and training issues, but Xerox seems to be taking a shot at a market exclusively owned by assessment companies and education technology companies in the past.

Most Valuable Tech Skills in 2013

Submitted by doug.wilson on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:36

A recent article in Business News Daily cites the most desirable tech skills right now.  These include:

  • iOS and mobile
  • Cloud technology skills
  • Custom development skills
  • Open source skills
  • UI and UX skills

Looks like we've got the right team at the right time!  Let us know if these are skills you need help with, because we've got exactly the right people for the job.

Emergency Medical Spanish Guide by Mavro Inc.

iMedical Apps Recommends the Emergency Medical Spanish Guide App by Mavro Inc. [video]

Submitted by michelle.sus on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 16:31

Mavro Inc. develops mobile apps with a mission to bring products to the medical market that are beautifully designed, simple to use and effective. In the spirit of this mission, their Emergency Medical Spanish Guide (EMSG) iOS app bridges the gap between Spanish language patients and their healthcare providers during emergency situations.