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The UX of Animation


Interface animations help inform -- or delight -- the user, but how do we use animation to create a better user experience?

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Sign In with Apple is a Big Win for Data Privacy


Apple’s new sign in approach stops third-party sites and services from getting your information.

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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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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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Building an Augmented Reality App Without Code


Use the AR Foundation Components plugin to get a basic AR app or game working without writing any additional code.

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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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Empowering Diabetic Patients to Better Manage Their Care


A Q&A with Designer Pavithra Counsell on designing an user-friendly & diabetes-specific nutritional app.

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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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Improving the Travel Experience for 224 Million Passengers


A Q&A with Designer Virginia Wood on designing an app to make air travel less terrible.

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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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Streamline Mobile App Deployments with React Native & Over-The-Air Updates


A quick look at a useful React Native feature.

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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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Web Performance Part 2: Reducing Page Load Time


We can’t control our customers’ internet speeds, but we can control the efficiency of the content we provide.

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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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Web Performance - Evaluating Web Performance: Part 1


There are so many factors that affect web performance. Where do I start?

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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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Crafting a Chatbot People Will Use: Part 1


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

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A PostCSS Plugin is your Multitool to Solve CSS Problems


The versatility of PostCSS allows for custom-made solutions to thorny CSS issues.

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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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Putnam Investments Wins Big at Appy Awards For FundVisualizer


Celebrating the best in app design.

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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.

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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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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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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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A Personal Touch in a Digital World


Tips for managing teams distributed across multiple locations.

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Three Ways to Win with Onboarding


Grab your users by the emotions before you can reach them with facts or features. Three ways to apply neuromarketing principles to onboarding.

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Designing and Engineering Better Teams to Build Better Products


Let’s All Be Awesome Together.

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Prototyping with Codeship and Firebase


A workflow for building and deploying code-based prototypes using Codeship and Firebase.

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Design Assets, Version Control, and You


An overview of the available tools for design teams to keep their files versioned and in sync.

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Zeplin, Sketch Measure, and InVision Inspect


Comparing design spec tools for UI development.

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How to Choose a Team to Build Your Mobile App


The Definitive Guide to hiring a team to build your mobile experience.

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Stop Making Me Sign Up


A look at how popular apps like Airbnb, Hotel Tonight and YouTube are welcoming new users.

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A Workflow for Creating Assets with Photoshop’s Generator


Guide for producing complex UI image assets in real-time with Adobe Photoshop’s Generator that will save hours of tedious work.

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Mobile Prototyping: One Tool or Many?


With so many tools available how do you pick the best one for your next project?

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How to Get Your Organization to Buy-In on Styleguides


Styleguides are an important asset for design and development teams. Learn why they’re more than just a “nice to have.”

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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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No headphone jack. Less waterproof than a Samsung Galaxy. Lame.


Apple is always thinking about the future. And the new iPhone reflects the company’s long view.

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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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Questions to Start an iOS Project


Ask the experts: Answering these questions at the beginning of an iOS project will reduce problems later on.

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Five Key Ingredients in Successful Mobile Projects


It’s not enough to simply exist in the mobile space. You must create mobile products that captivate your customers and keep them coming back.

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Creating Effective Mobile Experiences


Writing mobile apps is easier than ever, but enterprises need to prioritize design and UX if they want to impress their audience.

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Fore! Golf & Project Management


Taking up a new hobby sheds unexpected light and wisdom on a PM’s practices.

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Agile without a Full-Time Product Manager


Some project owners avoid agile because it puts them in the PM role. Learn how to make decisions and rely on your team to fill the gaps.

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Battery Status API: We Need to Talk


The ability to access more of your device's information (and therefore more information about you) is coming.

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220 Screens: How to Stay Organized with Your Designs


On an enterprise project your design can unravel with each new screen - here's how to keep it. clean!

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How to Use Sketch to Draw Sequence Diagrams


Visual design tools aren't just for visual designers. Here's a technique for shedding light on system designs with Sketch.

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Sketching for UX Designers [Infographic]


A beginners guide on various sketching methods and techniques for designing digital interfaces and experiences.

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Understanding Your Customers


Research, empathy, and understanding. Three basic principles that make up the beginnings of a well executed design process.

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Planning for Design


Establishing an environment and program for delivering design projects.

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What is Design?


Design is the use of deliberate practices to create artifacts that fit a given task and context.

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Strategy! Voting Ideas Off the Island


You’re on an island and surrounded by ideas proposed by smart people. How do you survive?

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The Forgotten Five: Common Design Omissions that Wreck UX


While seemingly small, these frequently forgotten design considerations have huge impact on user experience.

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Three Days with the Apple Watch


More experiences trying out the hot new thing.

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Investing in Experience Design Pays Off in Customer Satisfaction


Why experience design pays off in in customer satisfaction and the key considerations in creating top-notch experiences.

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Mobile is Dead; Long Live Mobile


To develop for the future is to develop for mobile.

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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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Understanding Design Fidelity for Creating a Great Product Experience


Design fidelity refers to the level of details and functionality built into a prototype.

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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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iOS 5 Native Scrolling–Grins & Gotchas


When Apple released iOS 5 last year, one of the improvements included in Mobile Safari was the inclusion of support for scrolling of block elements.

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