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What is Information Architecture?
I mean, really: what is that?

https://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/what-is-information-architecture

The entirety of information architecture is hard to communicate to outsiders. Oliver Reichensteins unofficial axiomatic dictum that information is like cleaning your kitchen, has helped me give people an idea of what I spend my time with.

#informationarchitecture  
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A modern way of asking "what do you do" would be "who do you help" or "what problems do you solve" ;)
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What is a Metaphor?
I mean, really: what is that?

http://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/what-is-a-metaphor

New on Opoloo’s blog: an investigation about metaphors as a concept in the digital space and beyond.
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The Things We Need to Talk About
A short motivation to the people behind technology
by +Guenther Beyer

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/the-things-we-need-to-talk-about

There’s no denying it: times are tough on a geo-political scale. Let’s stop wasting air and instead consider some of the things that really matter. Let’s talk about what technological responsibility means.
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+Juhani Lehtimäki Don't worry, all domains will be securely availabe via SSL with our next website update. 
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Hook 010
Opoloo’s Friday Link Digest on Information Architecture

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/hook-010

Achieving a great information architecture for a digital product is hard, but it’s always worth the effort. So this Friday we wanted to share with you some valuable resources on IA that may have an effect upon how you think about design and development as well.

Among the inspiring people in this week’s Hook are:

+Andrea Resmini
+Luca Rosati
+Oliver Reichenstein
+Abby Covert
+Ryan Singer
+Peter Morville
+Darren Northcott
+Andrew Maier

Enjoy.
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User Experience is King
An interview with Taylor Ling, Designer

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/user-experience-is-king

“UX is a mindset, and it’s relevant for every part of the product: interaction, interface, copy. Every single part plays an important role in crafting a good user experience.”

Part II of our interview series features +Taylor Ling, Google Developer Expert, User Experience and Interface Designer and one of the foremost contributors to the Android Design community. He shares insights into and opinions about his craft, the new Material Design Guidelines, and the stuff that makes a great digital designer today.
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You’re most welcome to translate the interview +Geoffrey.R Hsu. Thank you!
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The Right to Hide
How to reclaim your digital life by setting up your own home server

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/the-right-to-hide

This is the first part I of +Richard Beyer’s exploration on the background and motivation for setting up a home server. He also provides some practical instructions for taking control of your digital life again. It seems, there is almost no reason not to do so.
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The Surveillance State
An introduction

http://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/the-surveillance-state

New on Opoloo’s blog, this article dissects the way institutional surveillance works, along with some handy tricks for beginners on how to keep your personal details to yourself.

Because it’s not what they do with your data now, it’s what might be done with it in the future:

In 1933, during the last census in the Weimar Republic, all citizens were asked about their religious affiliation. This information was later used by the nazis to find and murder fellow Jewish citizens.
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The Frankenstein Reboot
Redesigning BeyondPod for Android

http://www.opoloo.com/blog/articles/the-frankenstein-reboot

With 2 million active users, BeyondPod is one of the most popular podcast apps. It has been around since the beginnings of Android and as time’s moving swiftly in the app universe, it had become a veritable Frankenstein’s monster over the years.

Together with the company, we took the app apart bit by bit, rethought and reassembled it to turn the monster into a real people person again, someone you’ll enjoy being around and spending your precious time with.

In Opoloo’s fashion, we’d like to share +Guenther Beyer’s  extensive case study with you, covering all project phases from research & analysis, to strategy, information architecture, interface design, polish, and shipping. You’re welcome, enjoy and go beyond.

Special thanks to +Stefan Kyntchev alias “Dr Frankenstein”.
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What an awesome write up. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Androidicons Goes Open Source

All good things don’t come to an end—some just continue in a different form. We’ve decided to make our popular Android Developer Icons an open source project. You may now download the set for free and do with it whatever you like, including the icon font.

Thank you kindly for supporting us over the years.

Head over to our blog to read up on everything:
http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/androidicons-goes-open-source

Or download the set right here:
http://androidicons.com/

By the way: yes, that’s a smiley icon with a mustache and a gag-ball.

#iconset #android #androiddeveloper #icon #opensource  
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Thanks for your work. I've used and abused of your icon set extensively. It's certainly some of the moneys I've even spent.

If you're planning on working on a Material icon set, I'd be in the front line to purchase them. Just leaving this here.
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A Word on UX & IA
Or: how to make sense of anything

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/a-word-on-ux-ia

New on Opoloo’s Blog: how one little word has helped us explain the sometimes terribly complex (even to tech-savvies) matters of UX and IA to people we work with. And how to make sense of anything at all, really.

#informationarchitecture #userexperience  
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An Android App With Five Corners
From our portfolio: application design for the Berliner Philharmoniker

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/an-android-app-with-five-corners

What does the best band in the world do when they need a great user experience? They come to +Opoloo’s  +Guenther Beyer and +David González of +Novoda. Here’s the story of building an Android app with the simple principle of keeping the audience in mind at all times.

Thanks to everyone involved in the project, especially +Berlin Phil Media GmbH and Alexander McWilliam.

#android #ui #ux #dch #berlinerphilhamoniker  
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Storytelling for the Web and Beyond
A short, pragmatic guide

http://blog.opoloo.com/articles/storytelling-for-the-web-and-beyond

Although we tell stories all the time, we generally have no idea how they function. Partly, that’s because of all the buzz “storytelling” has created lately. It remains a very powerful technique, however, so this article is an attempt to return some substance to the concept.

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Opoloo is a small international company based in Mainz, Germany and New York, USA.

We are:
Guenther Beyer (Design)
Jochen Greif (Development, Ruby on Rails)
Nino Rapin (Strategy)
Max Boll (Frontend Development)

We do:
Web & app development with an enduringly human touch in a constantly evolving technical world.

We like:
Android, beautiful and innovative design, free will, amazing user experience, sharing knowledge, beards, immaculate service, coffee, ice tea, communication.

We did:
AndroidIcons, GigBeat, Timer and not so basic websites for your ice cream truck driver, entomology professor, spaceship commander, or window dresser.

Let's get in touch. Let's work together. Let's share what we know.
Let's make it better.


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The 'Timer' app is simply Beautiful. I use it for everything from exercise to cooking to laundry. I wish more app developers use the Holo theme and improvise on it like Opoloo does. Couple of features I would like is a stop watch added to it. I know that is against the title but why not improvise. Also, I would like to change the name of the timer after I have saved it.