Frequently Asked Questions Regarding The Illinois Benefit Corporation Act

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In this guest post, lawyer Steven Thorn answers frequently asked questions about the Illinois Benefit Corporation Act. We would like to thank Steven Thorn of Thorn & Associates LLC, a law firm focusing on green, energy, and environmental law, for writing this post, which answers a number of questions that business owners might have about the advantages and logistics of changing your company's legal status under the Illinois Benefit Corporation Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2013. Read More ›

Wireframing Techniques for a Peaceful Development Process

Posted by in Design, Software Development, UX Design, Web Development

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What exactly are wireframes? More or less you can think of them as the blueprints behind an interactive project. I’ve seen cases where the wireframing is extensive and cases where wireframes have not been used at all. So, how important is it to make wireframes? Well, I have found over and over again that well thought out wireframing can truly make or break the outcome of a project. Read More ›

The Scrum Series: Tips for Agile Project Execution

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Interested in learning more about agile but not sure if it's right for your company? Maybe our scrum series can help. We have talked about and experimented with integrating agile methods into our process for a while now. A number of workshops, a few lunch-n-learns, several books, a project or two, and many discussions later, our approach, like the process itself, has been iterative. Not every client project is appropriate for agile workflows and many of our internal projects don’t translate well to an agile approach. Successfully implementing these methodologies into an existing process is no small feat, which is why we decided to devote not one, but a series of blog posts to exploring various aspects of this approach to executing projects. Read More ›

What Is Responsive Web Design?

Posted by in Design, Mobile Devices, Software Development, UX Design, Web Development

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If you have paid any attention to the world of web design lately, you’ve likely heard of responsive web design. It’s the new Big Thing, and as such it’s seen its fair share of hype as well as backlash. What designers need to understand about responsive web design is that it’s essentially a screen-size solution, not necessarily a full mobile solution. Read More ›

UX on a Budget: How User Interviews Can Revolutionize A Redesign

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Doing some of your own user research can help you save money on complex redesigns of your web site or product. Agencies and software developers are not the only entities that have changed the use of user experience from a buzz word into a full-fledged process as part of their development cycle for web sites, mobile apps and other interfaces. Read More ›