New Phones Draw Designers Into Arms Race

The recent “Keynotes” and “Special Events” of mobile hardware manufacturers made it clear – we are no longer bound by technical limitations of mobile devices. For the first time in history, our phones are as potent as our laptops which puts application designers and developers into a precarious position.

Are We Done With Apple’s Exclusive “Innovation”?

I remember the first time I saw the iPhone in 2007. In my country flooded with Nokias and Siemenses, the first iPhone was an epiphany – something clearly from the future that you could get your hands on. Something unknown and not even localized for Russia, but something so friendly and tantalizing, it made zero sense for most people around, but there were the ones who opened the first ever iPhone VK (facebook analog) group days after it was announced. Hidden by a paywall of the initial $599, we had a giant in the making and we threw ourselves at it.

AI. The Fulcrum Of New Engineering Excellence

AI. The Fulcrum Of New Engineering Excellence | Shakuro

AI research dominates every traditional industry. The times of doubt and neglect are past us at this point. The future is fascinating for every business. Heavy machinery manufacturing included. In this article, we tap into the realm of Artificial Intelligence research for autonomous transportation and more importantly the reasons why it matters for every modern digital entrepreneur.

Modular Banking Changing the Fabric of FinTech

The aftershocks of the global financial crisis are still felt a decade later. One of them being the atrophy of bank facilitation for small business and casual consumers. This gap got quickly filled by FinTech companies while some of the services remained in the cash-driven segment. On top of that, the leaps and bounds of tech development made it possible for IT companies (like yours truly) to reshape the low-profile financial ops. Future is modular and here’s what it holds for FinTech startups as well as the traditional banks that stay abreast.

Design Skills The Future Calls For

Design skills the future calls for | Shakuro

Going through John Maeda’s this year Design in Tech report, I came across something that got me thinking about the future of the industry that is by many considered to be on the verge of AI-driven disruption. There is no doubt things are changing and AI is developing by leaps and bounds.

Blockchain-Powered Ads To Disrupt Digital Marketing

Blockchain-Powered Ads To Disrupt Digital Marketing | Shakuro

There aren’t a lot of things that are as rapid to change and as sensitive to word on the street as marketing technologies. Digital marketing, in particular, is the most controversial subject. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the fact that you need it in case you run any type of business. The reason why the topic of digital marketing is polarizing is its variability in methods and outcomes. There is no universal strategy for success in the market but there is a variety of ways to get there.

Do We Design Value Or Build Habits?

Do we design value or just build habits? | Shakuro

A couple weeks ago I was discussing one of our projects with a fellow PM and he said something that got me thinking about the job we do for our clients and users. “As long as it puts butts in the seats” is what he told about a design feature compromising the experience while encouraging the attendance.

Are Digital Designers And Developers Capable Of Building A Physical Product?

Are Digital Designers And Developers Capable Of Building A Physical Product? | Shakuro

You know it’s going to be interesting when a group of techies, all into digital product design and development decide to delve into a hardware startup. That’s what two of my friends and colleagues did when they thought it’d be a good idea to build a smart wall timer for a martial arts school. I joined the team as an advisor because of my life-long experience training and teaching martial arts.

Digital Accessibility: How Inclusion Solves Problems Beyond Design

Digital Accessibility: How Inclusion Solves Problems Beyond Design | Shakuro

In the early days of the internet and digital industry, the boundaries of jobs involved in the production were vague. There were no such terms as “UI designer” or “front-end developer”, they were all encompassed by the engineering and computer science. At a time, not a lot of space could be found for the implementation of design. In fact, the design itself was not considered to be projectable for the arising digital web.

The Force of Influencer Marketing

There has never been a better time for shopping than today. Buying anything you can possibly want does not require any effort from you anymore. Before, it used to be a battle, an adventure for the access to a valuable thing and a satisfaction after getting there. In the recent years, we had to learn how to filter the flow of information that accompanies our every action online.

Time to pull the plug on web ads

Time to pull the plug on web ads | Shakuro

October 27, 1994. The first web banner ad was born. HotWired aka Wired placed it on its homepage among the 13 other banners members of the “dirty dozen”. But the legend has this AT&T banner as the forefather of what came to change the way the internet works, and perhaps guide it the wrong way, leading us to the murky waters of 2018’s web.

Who Runs the Web …And Why Change is Life-Saving

Who Runs the Web ...And Why Change is Life-Saving | Shakuro

The internet of today is nowhere near where it was a decade ago. The sporadic occurrence of web-based startups gave way to some of the largest corporate empires in the modern world. The free-spirited and ugly nomadic environment of the early internet turned into a dystopian mogul-owned cloud hanging over the modern world.