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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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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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Critical Decision Points to Maintain an Agile Architecture


Strategies to plan for your project's technical design and growth.

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When Building For the Web, Don’t Forget the Front-end


Help your engineering team work faster and spend more time shipping quality code.

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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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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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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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What Can Be Done About Null?


The different ways programming languages are addressing the problem of null.

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Getting started with Spring Boot, JOOQ, Flyway, and ModelMapper


A guide to setting up a Spring Boot project configured with JOOQ and Flyway.

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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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Consistently Inconsistent: When the Most Accessible Experience is Different for Each User


Learn about external consistency, and why it is so important.

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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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Equifax Data Breach, Credit Freezes, and Beholden Design


Indifferent design is bad design. When your company is in crisis, practicing good design is key.

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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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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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Embracing Change by Learning New ES6 Features: Part 2


An introduction to JavaScript's latest major upgrade for developers who have been dragging their feet about it.

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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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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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Putnam Investments Wins Big at Appy Awards For FundVisualizer


Celebrating the best in app design.

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Embracing Change by Learning New ES6 Features: Part 1


An introduction to JavaScript's latest major upgrade for developers who have been dragging their feet about it.

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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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Form Errors Screen Readers Can Access


When a sighted user submits an invalid form they are usually given visual error messaging that tells them what is wrong. The same should be done for a screen reader user.

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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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Designing and Engineering Better Teams to Build Better Products


Let’s All Be Awesome Together.

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Make Your Next Redesign Your Last


By keeping a team focused on iterative cycles of research and design, companies can minimize the need for large-scale redesign projects.

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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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Bridging the Gap Between Design & Front-end Architecture


A conversation among consultants on Brad Frost's article on CSS Architecture for Design Systems.

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Zeplin, Sketch Measure, and InVision Inspect


Comparing design spec tools for UI development.

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Building a Better Button in CSS


Buttons are the cornerstone of every interface—you use them every day and probably never give them a second thought.

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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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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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Responsive Video for the Modern Web


When considering responsive design, we must be mindful of how video content is displayed.

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Design First Thinking in Large Organizations


Break the monolithic thinking to solving problems and move to a solution based approach.

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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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Instituting a Culture of Accessibility in Your Organization: Part 2


How to bake processes into your organization to build a solid foundation for accessibility efforts.

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Designing Simple Navigation Systems for Large Sites


Simple navigation systems are like a sailor’s north star, providing direction amidst an otherwise overwhelming sea of information.

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Need an App and a Website? Build a Responsive Web App Instead


How to know when a web app is the right choice for the customer experience.

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Organizational Buy-In on Responsive Design


A lot of nuance comes with a Responsive redesign. Here's how to get your organization pointed in the right direction.

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Instituting a Culture of Accessibility in Your Organization: Part 1


Rather than viewing accessibility as one part of a well-made, maintainable product, view it as an essential ingredient that makes a product better in measurable ways and helps meet other important goals.

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Responsive in 2016


Responsive design has been around for half a decade so why aren't more websites adopting it?

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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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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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A Speaker's Perspective on HTML5 Conference


Cantina's own Mike Kivikoski shares his experience at the HTML5 Conference.

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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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Five Commands to Speed Up Development


Make sure your project has these five basic commands.

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That PostCSS. It’s so hot right now


Web developers suffer from the worst kind of imposter syndrome.

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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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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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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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The Future of Ecommerce is Simpler & Faster


Ecommerce systems of the future will be constructed using performance first methodologies to provide users with simpler and faster experiences.

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