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Critiques of Voice Assistant Developer Platforms


Cantina engineers critique Actions on Google, Dialogflow, and Amazon’s Alexa Skills platforms.

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Kotlin/Native: Naughty or Nice?


Kotlin/Native is a new product from JetBrains using the Kotlin language and it's a big deal.

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New and Improved Interactive Method Cards


Announcing an interactive way to engage with our Experience Strategy Method Cards with recipes to achieve a specific outcome.

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Brainstorming Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Ideas!


Reverse your thinking by using a bad idea brainstorming workshop to find a solution to your problem.

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Optimizing Service Design and Delivery with Effective Design Partnerships


How teams can work together to create effective service design partnerships between internal and external teams to ensure ongoing service success.

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AI and Machine Learning in 2019


A new kind of AI has burst onto the scene and it is propelling new discoveries in every corner of knowledge and information.

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How Design Thinking Makes Retailers Into Blockbusters (Not Blockbuster)


The shift to a customer-first experience is a competitive advantage for innovative retailers.

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Top Takeaways from DroidCon 2019


DroidCon is a global conference focused on the engineering of applications built on top of Android.

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Insights from World Information Architecture Day Boston 2019


Unique perspectives and stories regarding the theme; “Design for Difference”.

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Activating Design Thinking


Exploring effective uses of design thinking at the Design Thinking Summit in Austin, TX.

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Kotlin Office Hours at Cantina Consulting


Recapping talks from January's meetup.

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Applying IDEO Design Thinking Principles to Software Engineering


How user-empathic codebases improve outcomes with mindful design

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How to Define, Describe & Think About IoT


What is the best way to describe it? What skills are needed to work with IoT? Are the rewards worth the investment?

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Selling Pickaxes during the Gold Rush: Capturing the Importance of Artificial Intelligence


AI will transform our lives but are companies ready to capture the value?

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Product Strategy: How to Give Your Customers What They Really Want


All the tools you need to launch a new product with your customers top of mind.

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Rethinking the Relationship Between Service Design and Space Design


Space design can make your service strategy stand out to users and businesses.

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How AR/VR Can Change How We Treat the Journey, not the Destination


Exploring the uses cases AR/VR will have on the travel industry.

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Mind the Gap: The Ultimate Problem Big Tech Should Solve


We must make sure people aren't forgotten about in this new tech era.

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Using AR to Avoid the High Cost of Reverse Logistics


And make a positive impact on your eco-footprint.

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Prototyping for Physical & Digital Products


A guide to help you speed the process, reduce cost, and help design and build the right thing.

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Guiding Principles of Inclusive Design


Learn about the why behind inclusive design, and how it can guide innovative solutions for all users.

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3 Key Themes from Connected Health Conference 2018


Recapping the important trends, innovations, and challenges facing the healthcare industry.

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How Wells Fargo Uses Service Design as a Strategic Function to Impact Decisions


An interview with Elizabeth Trudeau, Founder and Head of Strategic Design at Wells Fargo and keynote speaker at Service Design Week.

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Blockchain Untethered: The Benefits of Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrency


Blockchain. Everyone is talking about it, but how can it help you address your specific business needs and deliver more value to your bottom-line and customers?

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Reflections on the Design Thinking Conference


A recap of what we learned and where we go next.

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Personas Aren’t The Problem… Your Methodology Is!


Choosing the right tool for the job and using it the right way is everyone's responsibility.

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Reimagining Innovation


Interviews with people at SXSW uncovers new perspectives and definitions of the word.

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Deliver Value For Your Company and the Customers You Serve


Introducing AI is about automating and augmenting mental power and cognitive work.

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Design is a Team Sport, but is Everyone a Player?


If design is about the intentional shaping of a thing to resolve a need, is everyone involved in making that thing a designer?

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Design Systems: Who Uses Them, and What Value They Deliver to Organizations


A conversation among consultants on Brad Frost's article on how Sketch libraries are not design systems.

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Bookmarked! Project Management Resources, Tools, and Methods


Cantina’s project managers reveal their top unconventional reference materials going into 2018.

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What is Augmented Reality and Why You Should Care


Foundation, technology, application, opportunity

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Wearable Augmented Reality


Foundation, technology, application, opportunity

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Projected Augmented Reality


Foundation, technology, application, opportunity

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How We Use Design Sprints with Our Clients


Design Sprints are a great method for solving critical business questions.

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Art Prof and Cantina Announce a New Kind of Partnership for Good


Coming together to create a social responsibility partnership to help address art education.

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Service Design from Discovery to Governance


Service design can be transformative, but only if it moves from the innovation phase into the day-to-day of the efficient organization.

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Designing Connected Health Products People Love


Connected health products hold tremendous promise. But, creating compelling products requires understanding both their promise and peril.

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Cantina Celebrates Four W3 Awards for its Mobile and IoT Work


Honoring creative excellence for our work with the American Kennel Club, Empower Retirement, and Zipcar.

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Navigating Disruption in a Rapidly Changing Financial Services Landscape


The financial services sector is at an inflection point. Is your organization prepared to succeed in this new era of rapid change?

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Legitimizing Design Thinking in Large Organizations


Help to create a culture of innovation in your organization and inspire your team with a new way of thinking.

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Using Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence to Drive Innovation


A conversation among consultants on the capabilities and direction these emerging trends could take in the future.

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MassTLC Announces Cantina as a 2017 Leadership Award Finalist


MassTLC Leadership Awards recognizes the best and the brightest from the Massachusetts tech ecosystem.

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Designing Breakaway Customer Experiences


Reflecting on our time at this year’s Forrester CXNYC and the future of customer experience

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Crafting a Chatbot People Will Use: Part 2


What makes chatbots weird? Let’s break it down.

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Hands-On with Three VR Products at E3


Cutting-edge or over-hyped? We reviewed three VR products making waves in the gaming industry.

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Crafting a Chatbot People Will Use: Part 1


What makes chatbots weird? Let’s break it down.

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Eight Elite Reasons Why You Should Check Out Forrester CXNYC


Join us for an event that will help you take customer experience to the next level in your organization.

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A Connected Product Isn't Always A More Useful One


Is your IoT product solving a new problem and creating a richer experience or simply becoming more complex?

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Five Simple Tips for Planning a Successful Workshop


A well-planned workshop will build energy around a new idea and provide a common starting point from which to build for the future.

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Front Conference Recap 2017


Digital Products and Design Highlights from Salt Lake City.

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Building Unique Customer Experiences: Treat Culture as a Design Constraint


Treating your corporate culture as a design constraint will increase the chances of success with CX initiatives.

Thumbnail photo for Life is On: Joe Biron Speaks at Cantina Speaker Series

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Life is On: Joe Biron Speaks at Cantina Speaker Series


Key insights from our second Cantina Speaker Series on the Industrial Internet of Things.

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Q&A: David Delmar on Investing Your Creative Energy In Tech


An interview with Resilient Coder Executive Director and Founder David Delmar on investing your creative energy in tech.

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Cantina Named a 2017 MITX Award Finalist in Multiple Categories


MITX Awards is the largest and most prestigious annual awards competition in the country for digital marketing and technology innovation.

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Key Trends in Connected Health: Emerging Technologies Will Make Our Lives Better


Recapping about some of the most exciting wearable technologies on the front wave of transformation in healthcare.

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Batch Create Symbols: A Useful plugin for Sketch


A plugin to speed up the process when having to a create a bunch of symbols at once.

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Bluefin Technology Partners and Cantina Join Forces to Create Uplift Cooperative


A strategic partnership to help health and wellness organizations leverage IoT to improve people’s lives.

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Cantina Report: Intelligent Bots & Conversational UIs for Financial Services


Empower your organization by integrating intelligent bot technologies into your current business systems. Download our free report to find out how.

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3 Key Insights From The MIT Enterprise Forum: Connected Things 2017


Accelerating the adoption and impact of IoT for People, Places, and Things.

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A Personal Touch in a Digital World


Tips for managing teams distributed across multiple locations.

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Dreams for Future Cities: David Rose Presents at Cantina Speaker Series


We kicked off our new Cantina Speaker Series with a handful of our clients and industry leaders talking about Internet of Things and connected products.

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Improving the User Experience of IoT Firmware Updates


While IoT is exciting and loaded with promise, a lot of work still needs to be done.

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Key Insights: Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT Conference


Lessons Learned from our time at the Bosch ConnectedWorld Conference.

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Thirteen Key Insights from UX STRAT Conference


We captured the best movements, take-aways and tidbits from the UX STRAT Conference.

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The Spectrum of Digital Design Skills


A simple framework for matching project requirements with the right designer.

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Cantina & INEX Advisors Partner to Deliver IoT Technology to Local Farmers


IoT ideas helps “smart” communities strengthen their local economy.

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Seven Valuable Reasons Why You Should Attend UX STRAT


Join us for an event that will help you take experience design to the next level in your organization.

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What is Service Design?


A guide to understanding the role service design has in your organization.

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What is Design Thinking?


Design thinking is no longer simply a product development approach.

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Jobs To Be Done: Improving Upon Personas and User Stories


Better customer insights are possible when you use the "Jobs To Be Done" framework.

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The Internet of Things and Boston: The Epicenter of Innovation


Boston is rapidly becoming the center of the IoT world with major players like PTC, GE, LogMein, and iRobot.

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That Thing You Bought Isn't A Thing, It's A Service


IoT is changing things from products to services, and that impacts how we think about the things we buy.

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Industrial IoT Gets A Digital Twin: GE Predix Joins Microsoft Azure


GE and Microsoft partner to bring Predix to Azure, accelerating digital transformation for industrial customers.

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Connected Devices and Music


What could happen when connected devices and music come together.

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Cantina Recognized as One of the Most Promising IoT Solution Providers


Cantina is featured by CIO Review as a top IoT solution expert.

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The Internet of Things: A Take on a Taxonomy


An inside look at how four IoT players think about the future of connected things.

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Three Days with the Apple Watch


More experiences trying out the hot new thing.

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Switching and Jobs to Be Done: Discovering Why People Really Hire Products


My key takeaways for conducting successful customer interviews to uncover why folks hire and fire products and services.

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Rapid Product Design in the Real World With #JTBD


The persona is the villain in this story. It clouds us from discovering the true needs of your customers.

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Cantina White Paper: 2013 Technology Trends: The Experience Trumps the Device


Every business has some sort of mobile presence, but the next stage of mobile development takes a more user-centric approach.

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