Archive for 2013

Dear friends of Blink, I love this time of year. I’m full of gratitude that Thanksgiving brings and excited by the energy of the holiday season. 2013 has been truly phenomenal for Blink – we have flourished by every measure. Because you have been such an important part of our year, I am eager to… Read more

The GigaOm Roadmap conference in San Francisco this week was awesome and an excellent experience and rich with insights delivered by many great presenters including Jack Dorsey (Square), John Maeda (RISD), Tony Fadel (Nest Labs) and Franz Von Holzhausen (Tesla Motors). While they are certainly with “hot” organizations, I genuinely felt they were speaking authentically… Read more

Last week Microsoft announced a major company-wide reorganization. Through this restructuring, Microsoft is hoping to streamline operations and break down the organizational silos that hamper innovation. To bring this vision to fruition, Microsoft named a number of individuals to key leadership roles, including the promotion of Julie Larson-Green to head up all of Microsoft’s hardware… Read more

At Blink, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of challenging UX research and design projects. Clients from across a range of industries choose Blink to help them engage with their end-users and create meaningful and compelling user experiences. In addition to these projects, we also recognize that our… Read more

Seattle loves their professional sports teams. The Seahawks have their 12th man. The Mariners have a $150 million retractable roof. The Sonics…. well, no need to go there. But perhaps no team in Seattle has a more passionate fan base than the Seattle Sounders FC. Established in 2007 as a Major League Soccer expansion team,… Read more

Peter Lubbers is a Developer Relations Program Manager in the Chrome team at Google. In 2010, he started the San Francisco HTML5 User Group—the world’s first and largest HTML5 user group with over 4,500 members. In 2010, Peter co-authored the book “Pro HTML5 Programming” (Apress) and he was instrumental in developing and delivering the cutting-edge… Read more

A great deal of digital ink has been spilled of late regarding the relative merits of Flat Design versus Skeuomorphism. On one side of the spectrum, both Microsoft and Yahoo! are embracing elements of Flat Design while Apple famously incorporates facets of so-called skeuomorphic design across its application portfolio. I’ve been thinking about this quite… Read more

The realities of the “post-PC” era hit the UX community with full force in 2012. In previous years we reflected on usability highlights and emerging trends in smartphone use, interest in tablets, and the vaguely familiar “cloud.” It was as if we were preparing for change in the digital landscape; this past year was different.… Read more