Dungeons, Dragons, and Design Workshops

What does orchestrating a Dungeons & Dragons campaign have to do with design and branding workshops? Quite a bit, actually. I agreed to it months ago. The four adventurers arrived at my tabletop largely on-time. I had dice and pencils and most importantly, snacks. I was about to Dungeon Master (DM) my…

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Applying Design Thinking to APIs

Let’s pretend you’re building a software product. Great! Any product of reasonable complexity is going to communicate with another computer type thing at some point. For an Internet enabled product that’s usually a server and a client, though it could also be a gigantic microservice architecture with dozens of components. Either way,…

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Is Design Ever Really Done?

Vince Lombardi once said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Chasing perfection in matters of design and branding will certainly lead to excellence, but it’s a fine line. When taken too far, perfection can stifle creativity, and delay perfectly good launches or prevent them from…

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Innovation Requires Taking Chances: Notes from #PHXDW

In 2009 a passionate entrepreneur brought Design Week to Phoenix, and now the event known as Phoenix Design Week attracts hundreds of creative professionals from across the Southwest. It’s a true showcase of Arizona’s talented and tenacious design community. This year’s theme was “Flux,” which focused on adaptation and making sense of…

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Why Enterprise Needs to Get a Grip on User Experience

One of the most relevant topics in design and product development today is the consumerization of enterprise software. Specifically, how enterprise product managers and designers can effectively meet the demands of today’s experience-driven world and increase their return on investment. In highly commoditized segments, user experience will be what hooks a customer…

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Product Round-Up: Top Design and Development Tools

We’ve decided to let you in on a secret. Sort of a peek under the hood at Tallwave. We’ve curated a list of some of the best design and development tools for startups – arranged by stage from ideation to build to launch. Below you will find our top-secret list of go-to…

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How Prototyping and User Testing Will Help You Build a Better Company

Prototyping and testing is commonly only associated with product development, but it’s actually critical for all aspects of business, particularly at the earliest stages of building a startup. Why prototype? When you prototype, you’re essentially taking all the assumptions you’ve made about your business, developing them into something that can be illustrated…

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Tallwave Drives Innovation and Success for Startups and Growth Stage Companies With User Experience (UX) Design Service Offerings

Previously Acquired User-Centered Design Firm 29th Drive Is Now Fully Integrated Into Tallwave SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(Marketwired – April 27, 2015) – Following a 2014 acquisition, venture development firm Tallwave today announced that the integration of user-centered design firm 29th Drive is now complete. 29th Drive Founder Kevin Goldman will continue in his crucial…

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How to Brainstorm for Innovation

“Stop and think.” This is my dad’s official motto when trying to solve a problem. I’ve heard it my whole life- either he’s saying it to himself or to me as a piece of fatherly advice. His next piece of advice: “You only have to be 10% smarter than the object you’re…

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Lean and Design Thinking for Startups

Many startups are familiar with lean principles popularized by Eric Ries and a host of others. For example, “MVP” (Minimal Viable Product) and “testing hypothesis” are just two of the many terms common in the startup world. At Shelvspace, we utilize these principles to ensure we are always building the right product,…

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