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Talent in the midwest

Time and time again I hear that the midwest (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois etc) lacks talent.  As a person that now resides in the midwest I’d like to argue this is not the case.  I’ve worked with some of the most talented people in the world over the last few years.  Just look at the number of Fortune 500 companies in the midwest, and look at the number of very talented design and development houses that build amazing software.  We wouldn’t have either of these if we lacked talent.  I want everyone to know that we are here in the midwest, and we can run toe to toe with everyone in the country.  When someone tells me that we are in fly over country, all it does is drive me to prove them wrong.  Companies like Zymo Entertainment (my company) don’t get to work for Fortune 500 companies, and major brands on accident, we are as talented as any studio in the country.  It is up to us in the midwest to change that perception, and the time for that change is now!

No App should be boring

I’ve come from years of game development into the mobile world somewhere around 3 years ago.  In that time i’ve noticed that a lot of developers still build apps like websites, heck some even use webviews to display their html pages as an app.  I understand cost, and budgets more than anyone else, but one thing I truly believe is that the days of apps being boring and successful are long gone.  This doesn’t mean you need to reinvent every app that you create, but it does mean you need to analyze apps that are successful, and those that aren’t successful.  As developers we need to realize that users become accustomed to the apps they use everyday.  Pinterest is the one I think of immediately, the world was overtaken by the Pinterest app, where now you have millions of people use to navigating their app.  This should tell us as designers and developers to pay attention to the functionality in that app because we know people understand how to use it.  Lets learn from successes and keep making minor changes, lets not revert back to making apps that function like websites.

With the power of mobile phones, apps need to be exciting, fun, and engaging, no more boring apps!

New Portfolio

You may have been following me on allgamedevelopment.com, and if so thank you for checking out my new site.  I decided to make a more focused portfolio about my experiences, and i’ll leave allgamedevelopment as it is, with its focus on problems and how I solved them.  I may post certain content on both sites, but most likely I want.  Either way welcome to my site, and feel free to contact me via email or linkedin, I love connecting with other developers.