San Francisco

Just a quick observational post really, could of fitted this in a tweet but, let’s get to the point. Why do most highly successful tech projects currently start in San Francisco? We need more of that action over here in the UK. Ok we do have Spotify for one and probably a few others but most of those I can think of, stem from sunny California.


Periscope is an iOS App that lets you explore the world through the eyes of somebody else.

Source: Periscope – About Us

I have been following Periscope over the past month now and it is very interesting indeed. I have been keen to see what people like Scott Kelby, Bill Thompson, Robert Llewellyn, Trey Ratcliffe, all of these internet celebrity types are doing with it. However I am seeing more regular people, that is not to say the aforementioned aren’t anything more than normal people when it boils down to it – The thing is everyone, no matter who you are, what you are – Can broadcast live.

I watched with great interest the other day the goings on with the Avro Vulcan project here in the UK, look up xh558 to find out more.

Question is, what am I going to do with it? I have signed up, got 1 follower but just not sure what to share. So shall have a think on that one!


Rapid Prototyping in Meteor – Jordan Koschei

I recently went from app idea to working iOS prototype in an hour and fifteen minutes, thanks to the magic of Meteor and Cordova. hough I’m not a professional developer — design is my job, while coding is just a hobby — I’ve always preferred a code-heavy workflow, and am always looking for better ways to develop working prototypes quickly. Here’s a step-by-step guide, with code samples, of how I’ve been using Meteor for rapid prototyping.

Source: Rapid Prototyping in Meteor – Jordan Koschei

The concept of rapid prototyping nowadays is turning design on it’s head. Many years ago I would take a designers PSD file, break it down into bits and pieces, in order to start building the website in question.

The issue with that approach is that to prototype something would take longer. You could show the client a set of PSD files but they would have to imagine them in working order. Now you can build the basic application with minimal functionality and use that as a tool to discuss the products path to release.

This is sort of the MVP or the pre-MVP if you like!

I think this is great for developers but is it a good thing for designers? Are they adapting to this more technical approach to design?

Build Realtime Firebase Maps with CartoDB – Firebase

Firebase is a realtime backend as a service that allows you to create incredible apps. Save, Store and Update Data in realtime directly from the browser or mobile client using only javascript or native iOS or Android code.

Source: Build Realtime Firebase Maps with CartoDB – Firebase

This is fascinating – I have been a big fan of Firebase since it first came on the scene. I can recall trying out their GeoFire library which uses Google Maps in conjunction with their real-time data. This is even more exciting and interesting in my mind – so lets pencil in some time to check this out!