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5 things that companies forget when hiring a development firm

Well here we go.  You’ve been bit by the creativity bug and come up with an exciting application idea that could be that one missing thing you need to achieve all of your goals and ambitions.  You’ve seen a problem (or opportunity) and have concluded that technology can help you respond accordingly.   You’ve seen what is on the horizon and decided to bring your digital vision to reality.  But wait, you aren’t Mark Zuckerberg?   You don’t have a team of…
design consistency

How to achieve cross-platform design consistency with style guides

Why consistency matters Consistent design is a popular topic in the design community, but it is often misunderstood.  At FarShore, we look at design consistency as an experience.   And in an effort to provide a quality experience to users, it's necessary to be consistent in user interface, messaging, and content across a brand’s mediums (website, iOS or Android application), communication (social, email), and even offline (offices, marketing materials). This consistent representation enables a user to recognize elements and anticipate the…

5 Reasons your Development Project is Behind Schedule

Every technical lead has at some point or another failed to deliver a development project on time. Whenever these things happen they have a huge impact on both partner satisfaction and internal goals, so it’s important to analyze and learn from mistakes. When it comes to postmortem analysis on project execution, I always like to run topic-specific reports on projects done by FarShore as well as third party development shops to identify the source of issues. These reports will help…
iOS to Android

Making an Android version of your iOS app: 7 things to consider

Many of our iOS partners get to the point where potential users are begging them to launch on Android. Unfortunately, iOS and Android aren’t as friendly with each other as we would like. While a full-service development shop like FarShore can manage both iOS and Android development, there are several points you’ll want to consider before getting started with an Android project.   1. You’re going to have to build from the ground up. Because iOS development is done in Objective-C…
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Starting an online clothing store: 10 things to consider

When starting an online clothing company, it’s easy to get bogged down in procuring or manufacturing great products to sell. Without a well-thought-out online store, however, you won’t have the ability to sell your products effectively to your target audience. Below, we’ve outlined ten key considerations for anyone about to start an online store. Planning and Strategy 1. Customers-- Where will your traffic come from? One of the biggest mistakes made by new entrepreneurs is failing to identify a target…
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More on Maintenance and User Engagement

To steal a line from AMC’s Mad Men, “the day you sign a client is the day you start losing them.” The same sentiment could apply outside of the advertising world, to that of mobile applications and their users. The day you finally get that user download is the day you are no longer simply competing against other apps in the app store, but also every other thing your user spends their time on, both on and off their devices.…