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by mkeefe on Jun 1st, 2010

USO iPhone App on the App Store

Its pretty exciting to be mentioning my first Objective-C developed iPhone app is now available for Free, on the App Store. This app is for the USO in celebration of their “Patriotic Six” which is the six weeks of patriotism starting Memorial Day (May 31) and ending July 5th.

I got the opportunity to work on this project thanks to Media-Fuse based out of Chicago, an agency that I have worked with for a few years now.

Here is a quick screenshot of the app, be sure to download your own copy.

The topic of more “man hours” will come up at least once in your professional career. A man hour is defined as the average amount of work performed by one man in an hour. Now when talking about a single designer/developer, such as yourself, this is how long you can work in a given day. However, what happens when you need more time to work on a project but you alone simply can’t do it?

You could go back to the client and request more time, explaining that you aren’t a magician and the schedule is way too aggressive. Of course this won’t always be a success and in rare cases the client could begin to worry and cancel the project altogether.

Another option is to hire more professionals which results in more man hours because for every hour working on the project you multiply that by the number of professionals on the project. This can be done by hiring a bunch of professional friends, an agency or the more controversial option is outsourcing globally.

While it is a good idea to help out your local friends/family in the same professional group as you its sometimes not feasible based on the budget of the project. This is when you can hire an outsourcing group that generally charges less than your average professional, meaning you can complete the project and stay under budget.

The problem here is picking the correct outsourcing group. You can quickly scan the internet and in a matter of minutes you will read about horror stories with outsourcing groups that have stolen projects, stole money or simply did a horrible job causing you to clean it all up. This of course means an upset client, blown budget and likely a really bad referrals.

Okay so now you have heard about the horror stories of outsourcing, I am sure you are asking yourself, is it really worth it? It is indeed worth it provided you do your research. I am NOT going to recommend a group because I don’t have too much experience with them, but I have talked with other professionals and learned they are easy to spot.

Look at the outsourcing groups client list, verify these projects, look over their services and most importantly get them on the phone and ensure they can clearly communicate with you. If you have a bad feeling in the intro meetings you will likely end up in a bad place at the worst time. Think of the screening process like a job interview and trust your instincts.

You should now have a pretty good idea of what outsourcing does to help and how it can hurt, the last important point to add is the planning of doing the project on your own resources in case the group doesn’t work out. What I like to do in this case is give the outsourcing group a tighter deadline giving me the ability to finish the project if they drop the ball.

If you have outsourced projects in the past or simply heard good things please post a comment. Also feel free to add your opinion because I am not 100% sold on this idea for every project.

All sorts of news from the west coast. First up my friend sent this image to me from CES in Las Vegas where my Delphi Flash Demo is being displayed on a kiosk for attendees to see/experience first hand. Early December Delphi released a web application for the SKYFi 3 that I had developed and now it has been extended to the kiosk for trade shows. This was a great honor and one I wasn’t even aware of when I developed the demo.

Here is a photo of the Delphi Kiosk
SKYFi 3 Kiosk
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Next up on news from the west coast comes the announcement of the iPhone from San Francisco MacWorld. This phone will be available in June which means my current Nokia will have to survive a few more months… hopefully it will.
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by mkeefe on Dec 25th, 2006

Delphi SKYFi3 Interactive Demo

mkeefeDESIGN recently completed an interactive demo for the Delphi SKYFi3 portable XM radio. Using Flash 8 and Photoshop side-by-side made it very easy to develop this project.

The Flash demo offers the user to experience the entire radio with the exception of recording and playing songs. The demo sits inside of a presentation layer where Flash was also used to create a learning module for a viewer to learn about the SKYFi3 first hand.

Flash video was used to explain how the user interacts with their computer and the SKYFi3, for such tasks as playlist and mp3 management. XML was used to store the channel and song data. This portion has the ability to be live data such as what is found in the Pioneer Inno Flash Demo that was developed for XM411.com earlier this year.

You can view the project here

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