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  1. An image of the author: Laura Grace

    Meet Projecteo

    Posted in by Laura Grace on 05 June 2013

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    We'd like to introduce you to Projecteo. The tiny slide film projector that brings your favourite Instagrams to life in the real world. It's matchbox-sized, meticulously designed, and basically adorable. We’re pretty proud of this little guy.

    Projecteo’s high-powered LED lets you display your Instagrams on a wall. Just switch off the lights and enjoy.

    A smash-hit Kickstarter success last year (funding at 450%), the response from our initial 2,789 backers has been hugely positive. And now we’re excited to set Projecteo loose on the rest of you...

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  2. Prototypes sound good: they suggest innovation and flexibility, without the cost of setting anything in stone.

    As a digital innovation agency, we’ve built a good few prototypes for our clients. Alas, these prototypes have been some of our least satisfying projects.

    Yes, we've been inspired by the initial vision. Yes, we’ve worked hard to make the client happy. Yes, we’ve gone the extra mile to delight. And yet, and yet... something has never quite clicked.

    4 Days 2 Launch

    What goes wrong?

    Well, believe it or not, Mint has them fixed! And the solution came from an unlikely direction, meaning it took us a while to realise we had a solution.

    Slip

    With no go-live date, difficult decisions get delayed.

    Bloat

    There are bigger ambitions for a prototype than for a normal project. Freed from the constraints of shipping code, everyone hopes to create something game-changing. Extra features get added as the team grasp towards that big ambition.

    Lack of Focus

    Not wanting to blame the client, but... usually there’s no one at the client firm who is totally focused on the prototype. A prototype is often a bit of a hobby, somewhere down the to-do list.

    Good digital products are often simple ideas kept sharp by hard design decisions. Prototypes pull in the opposite direction.

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  3. An image of the author: Kaye Symington

    BACON: The Speaker Q&A #6

    Posted in by Kaye Symington on 11 April 2013

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is the final edition of our BACON speaker series, before the event itself tomorrow, yes, tomorrow! Team Bacon are currently prepping the venue, getting the bacon sizzling, and getting psyched up for the big event.

    Today's Q&A is brought to you by the wonderful Jake Archibald, who's aim is to make developers lives a bit easier, will be helping us render without any of those unnecessary lumpy bits at this weekend's conference.

    Jake Archibald

    Jake Archibald | http://jakearchibald.co.uk/ | @jaffathecake

    At Christmas my partner said "at work, we all put our names in a bowl, and took one out, that's who we'd buy a present for. Jeff was left with his own name at the end! Cuh! What are the chances!"

    Jake works in Google Chrome's developer relations team, working on specs, testing implementations, and ensuring developers have tools to make their jobs less painful. He's a big fan of time-to-render optimisations, progressive enhancement, and all of that responsive stuff. Prior to Google, Jake worked at Lanyrd on their mobile web site (http://lanyrd.com/mobile/), and for the BBC working on JavaScript libraries and standards. Outside of the web, Jake likes F1 and nice beer. 

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  4. An image of the author: Laura Grace

    BACON: The Speaker Q&A #5

    Posted in by Laura Grace on 02 April 2013

    Today's edition of the BACON speaker series is an extra-large helping of delicious, bacony goodness, courtesy of the wonderfully loquacious Christian Heilmann.

    In his Helping or Hurting? keynote, Christian will be exploring how we may be hurting the cause of the web by abstracting problems away, instead of learning by failing. Expect inspiration by the bucket load...

    Christian Heilmann | http://christianheilmann.com/ | @codepo8

    Christian Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla. Chris wrote and contributed to four books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more. 

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  5. Robert Peston recently discussed how to get businesses borrowing more. He says the problem for banks is:

    “businesses they deem to be creditworthy simply don't want to borrow right now.”

    The view from this small business is rather different.

    Mint is small, fast-growing digital product development company. In eight years, we’ve gone from 2 people to 35. With access to a bank loan, we would have grown more quickly, hired more people and reduced the risk that a cashflow hiccup could capsize us.

    At several points in our history we’ve gone round the banks, looking for a loan. We’ve tried them all: from the high street names to specialists like Coutts and Silicon Valley Bank.

    We have always been turned down.

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