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DCO- Defence Connect Online

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013

DCO- Defence Connect Online

Defence Connect Online (DCO) is a custom integration of Adobe’s Connect web conferencing solution for the US military. Adobe is an international leader in digital media solutions, that provides a variety of services and applications in content creation, deployment and optimization. The Adobe solution has found an important market niche by providing a whitebox option for organizations that need a secure and self hosted answer to enterprise web conferencing. Defense Connect Online allows customers to launch a client-specific version of the Connect application that will ensure better protection and security. DCO allows Department of Defense employees worldwide to...

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EurekaLive Agent Assistant

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013

EurekaLive Agent Assistant

This was a short and intense design project completed  for the Florida based company,  Callminer. CallMiner is the leading cloud-based conversational analytics solution for improving agent performance across all contact channels (voice, social, email, chat), by automating Performance Management. The EurekaLive Agent Assistant, is a real-time speech monitoring device that can provides useful on screen prompts to customer support agents. The goal was to create a discreet but expressive widget to provide feedback that could be read at a glance. The solution had to be persistent on the agents screen and occupy minimal real estate. Inspiration for the optimal experience was...

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RIP Marco Frascari

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013

RIP Marco Frascari

Marco Frascari passed away a few weeks ago. I never had the opportunity to study with him. I attended an OAA conference several years ago and had the privilege to hear him speak in one of the continuing education courses. It was really a pitch for his recent book and was so couched in theory that it was all but irrelevent to practicing architects. It was the best course I have ever attended. My wife, Elaine had studied under him many years ago as part of a visiting critics studio. I remember her excitement and delight in relaying his observations and teachings. One of the things she mentioned was one of his comments, almost in passing, that “architecture requires...

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ZEC Coming Soon!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013

ZEC Coming Soon!

A quick little design project for a local Ottawa startup. ZEC Windpower  brings together advanced research and development capabilities, decades of electrical design and construction expertise, and proven technologies to develop the most advanced and reliable small wind turbine on the market. The task was to design and execute a “placeholder” page for this venture. The placeholder page typically provides limited information and access points for prospective customers as the company feverishly assembles their main site. The page needs to present the intent and vision for the company. The brand and some allusions to the technology need to be displayed. In an...

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Blackberry Jam Americas 2012 Mobile Guide

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012

Blackberry Jam Americas 2012 Mobile Guide

This is a project I had a hand in designing. I provided the user experience design and outlined the information architecture. The design brief specified a template application that the client could use for an upcoming conference (BBJam Americas 2012- a Blackberry developers conference) and for subsequent ones in the coming year. Despite the imminent release of V.10 of their OS, this project required the app to be compatible with older hardware. Adding to the challenge was the requirement to design an experience for a small form factor and the Playbook tablet form factor, obviously, two very different tasks. To add fuel to the fire, the expectation was that many attendees...

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Music Port

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012

Music Port

This is a project that occupied me for the better part of 2011. The application is a wireless control interface for a high end home audio system. The company, Nuvo Technologies, is a manufacturer of both hardware and software components for integrated home audio solutions. Their product line consists of premium solutions in terms of amplification, built in speakers and control solutions. This project encompassed the design and eventual implementation of a mobile app that would integrate into their “Nuvo Music Port”. The app allows owners to seamlessly control their home audio deployment with their own mobile device. It provides the owner with easy access to...

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