Droidcon SF Happened & It Was Awesome!

Droidcon SF Happened & It Was Awesome!

Hello West Coast! The touchlab team flew west for Droidcon San Francisco. (Very necessary visual below, thanks Liam 😄)

After months of coordinating the talks and content, we got to see the conference in full swing. Big thanks and congrats to Apps4All for putting together a successful event. It was a nice change of pace for us to be able to attend a Droidcon in America that wasn’t ours to organize. 😎

Also, a HUGE thank you to Kevin + Jeff for taking the whole team out. We had too much fun #teamlove

Here’s a photo retelling of our adventure:

Some touchlabbers went straight to In-N-Out from the airport, luggage and all. #priorities

Lending a hand with setup / getting our workout in…

Pre-party with speakers and sponsors, so fun to hang with Android community friends on the other side of the country.

Day 1, Keynote with Chet Haase + Romain Guy, they’re too funny together.

Here’s the full keynote:

Attendees were out in full force taking advantage of the talks & fun. 

Cloud Spin at a Droidcon again! This never gets old. 

Check out their Twitter for more pics.

Got to hang out with sponsor friends, some old, some new!

Speechless happened and it was hilarious. 

“There are 350 PowerPoint presentations given every second around the world. But none quite like this. Speechless shows off Silicon Valley’s silly side by letting presenters live out their worst nightmare: giving a presentation with absolutely no preparation.”

Our Lead Designer, Liam Spradlin, brought his novel new concept of Mutative Design to the main stage. Go Liam, he rocked it per usual. 🙌

Read more about Mutative Design.

And here we are! Watching Liam’s talk, front row & center.

All in all, we found San Francisco to be a gross and dangerous place that you should visit with caution. 😎

Thanks for the sunny days SF ☀️

Check out the full Droidcon SF album here. 

Project Phoebe – starting the discussion on Mutative Design

Project Phoebe – starting the discussion on Mutative Design

Our lead designer Liam Spradlin has just released Project Phoebe, a first exploration of a design methodology that seeks to solve the problem of designing for averages by allowing interfaces and experiences to be born, live, and evolve according to the user’s realities.
The term he’s coined for this new methodology is Mutative Design. We’re super proud of Liam as he pushes boundaries and continues to be a leader in his field. Below we’ve reposted an excerpt from his medium post. Check out the whole thing at hello.phoebe.xyz.

If you’re in NYC on Wednesday 12/9/15, you can see him present the idea live at the NY Android Developers Meetup.



Meet Project Phoebe: A moonshot concept for mutative design

Phoebe is something that I’ve been working on for a long time now, and I’m excited that I can finally share it with the world.

Phoebe is the first step toward mutative design, a new theoretical design methodology that aims to solve the problem of designing for averages and create interfaces that are born, live, and evolve with the user’s realities.

When this methodology is sufficiently matured, it would account forall users, regardless of age, tech exposure, physical ability, vision, etc.

This initial step doesn’t answer every question – I would consider Phoebe (for now) kind of like a “moonshot” idea. If completed, it would represent a 10x improvement in how interfaces are created and used, but it may not be feasible to build a system capable of this in the immediate future.

Read more about Phoebe here, see the design source here, and keep the conversation going here 🙂

About That Metal Last Night

About That Metal Last Night

Over at Touch Lab, coding isn’t the only thing we “rock” at. Last night our good friends, coworkers, and members of the Touch Lab community came to together to support Diesel America and Touch Lab’s own, Kevin Galligan, as they took the stage at Gramercy Theatre, opening for Texas Hippie Coalition.

Diesel America is the original NYC hard rock band and in less than a year, they’ve developed their own signature sound and stage presence that definitely gave us a few hardcore fangirling / fanguying moments throughout the show (peep the above photoshop masterpiece).

We were so excited to have some of the crew join us for a late night drink after the big show thanks to our good friends at Molly’s Pub & Restaurant. If you didn’t get to make it to the show, make sure to check out their debut album “Leave Your Mark”, Co-produced by Joey Z (Life of Agony), available now on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Congrats to Diesel America for an awesome show and shout out to everyone who came out to hang with us and show your support. You rock (literally). We’ll update you all when the next show rolls around, so make sure to come and join us. See you then!

Greenbot Android Influencers: Touch Lab’s Kevin Galligan and Jeff Namnum chat Android apps and iOS ports

Greenbot Android Influencers: Touch Lab’s Kevin Galligan and Jeff Namnum chat Android apps and iOS ports

Today our own Kevin & Jeff were honored with an Android Influencers profile on Greenbot.

Remember back when Android wasn’t the dominant mobile operating system it is today? Those were dark times, if only because the industry wasn’t as diverse as it is now. Back then there wasn’t as much choice in the smartphone world. You were either an early adopter of the Android platform, an iPhone user, or still flipping open a dumbphone somewhere.

But now Android is overcome with options thanks to the proliferation of apps in the Google Play Store. With the help of development shops like Touch Lab, the number of apps available for Android has grown exponentially throughout the years. It certainly helps that Kevin Galligan, President of Touch Lab, and Jeff Namnum, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, have been such active members in the Android community, too.

Galligan and Namnum’s business focuses specifically on bringing more applications to the Android platform, whether it’s through porting one from iOS or developing it from scratch. We had a lengthy conversation about what it’s like to develop an Android app and some of the challenges of being in this particular business. Galligan and Namnum also spoke briefly about Droidcon 2015, which is happening later this summer in New York City.