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31
Jul

4 hour icon design challenge

At MonkeySource, we’re constantly expanding our expertise and pushing ourselves in order to successfully complete new challenges. There are loads of ways we top up our skills outside of client projects too, where we can really experiment without compromise. Recently I discovered Briefbox, a great tool for designers to unleash their creativity and sharpen up their skills. It’s basically a space full of ‘fake’ design briefs (digital design, illustration, branding etc.) which you can undertake in your spare time. The reason I say ‘fake’: as far as I know, these briefs weren’t created by paying clients… but they’re pretty detailed and even come with time frames. Whilst browsing (and feeling pretty inspired),…

A blog posted by Ellie

19
Jun

The secret to flawless online collaboration

There is an entire world of different tools online all created for the same purpose: to make the lives of teams in the workplace that little bit easier. From instant messaging apps and time tracking…

A blog posted by Ellie

04
Apr

Our Founder, on mobile app development

Here at MonkeySource, we believe in creating the highest quality apps, using expertise and innovation. Our Founder, Ryan Kelly, chats to the Founder/MD of Browser Media, Joe Friedlein, about the…

A blog posted by Ellie

08
Mar

UX tips for mobile website design

Why is mobile design so important? We’re deep in the age of the smartphone and it’s no secret that more and more people are using the internet on their mobile for everything: finding information, sig…

A blog posted by Ellie

09
Feb

Learning to code at MonkeySource

At MonkeySource we are firm believers in the coding is a super power philosophy. And the best thing our children can do to secure their future is to learn to code. Few would argue software is our…

A blog posted by Ellie

20
Jan

Developing MUBI for Roku

When MUBI first approached us to discuss developing MUBI for Roku we were excited to be part of extending the MUBI service to an additional platform. If you haven’t used the MUBI service before, now i…

A blog posted by Ryan

11
Nov

iOS and Android SDK Comparison Part 1

This isn't a series of posts to try to compare the two platforms and decide which one wins, whatever wins means, from a development perspective. It's a post to compare the major features of each, and…

A blog posted by Ryan

17
Sep

Pocket Parking Coming Soon!

Here's a sneak preview of a new project I'm launching, and have been working on since January. We're aiming to change the way you park in cities, opening up all the unused private space while…

A blog posted by Ryan

17
Sep

Using Android Studio and Gradle to build Android…

Gradle, the new build system for Android Apps if you are using Android Studio (if you're not you're missing out on a lot of great features) is a huge help if you need to build multiple versions of…

A blog posted by Ryan

18
Sep

The Best Apps of 2013

Great to see Tube Map London Underground has just been voted as one of the best apps of 2013 by the Google Play team :-) It's been a great year on Android for the Visual IT Zuti apps that have been…

A blog posted by Ryan

18
Sep

Android Runtime (ART) vs Dalvik

If you've got a Nexus 5, or are lucky enough to have KitKat rolled out to your phone, you may have noticed the inclusion of the new Android Runtime (ART). This is an experimental runtime developed by…

A blog posted by Ryan

18
Sep

Making Android Apps More Accessible with TalkBack

How much do you consider accessibility when writing Android apps? So far, I'm embarrassed to say I've done little more than the default. For example, I'd add content description strings to all my…

A blog posted by Ryan

18
Sep

best and brightest

Summary A week inside Google with their best and brightest, cupcakes that is ;-), at the Google+ Sign-in bootcamp. Overview I was lucky enough to be invited to Google’s series of bootcamps to get p…

A blog posted by Ryan

03
Jun

google app engine to host a static site

Summary Why and how to use Google App Engine to host static / multi-page sites. Overview It seems that Google App Engine has a bit of an image problem. I often hear it mentioned when discussing…

A blog posted by Ryan

02
May

get paid, go broke

Why paid apps are no longer sustainable for developers and what are the alternatives? It used to be simple. Have a good idea, create an app, and sell it. OK, much digital ink has been spilt on how…

A blog posted by Ryan