This Street Design Project Cries Out for a Google Map

Check out this very cool street design project: The designer, Jason Shelowitz (AKA Jay Shells), created and posted street signs that represent NY locations memorialized in rap lyrics. Here’s a video in which he explains the project, as well as shows him installing signs:  And, last but definitely not least, here’s a Spotify playlist of […]

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Empathy: Design for Your “Friends”

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to make designs only for your friends? Wouldn’t it be fun and rewarding? Of course it would, but who could do just that? Although it may seem like a fantasy, it’s actually more possible than you’d think: It all starts and ends with empathy. We’re […]

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Not Your Typical Product Launch … Or Is It?

In this video, it’s launch day for a new product, complete with a line of expectant first adopters. Can you guess the product before watching? The features touted in the commercial are: It’s the product’s latest operating system “PUMP” There are 16 and 32 pit options It’s wireless It’s available in single or dual core It’s […]

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Lean UX is in the Air

Spring is an exciting time in the city: Flowers are blooming (under a thin layer of snow); birds are singing (wait until the sirens pass—you’ll hear them); and, lots of Lean UX action is happening everywhere you turn. Catalyst is excited to be a part of that action, as we’re heavily involved with three major […]

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“Fine” Art: From the 18th Century to Now

Last week we came across a great tweet, courtesy of our friend Jared Spool: 18th Century: Realism19th Century: Impressionism20th Century: Surrealism21st Century: Animated GIFs (HT @mikko) March 22, 2013 Here’s a helpful illustration of this timeline (with a slight update, since Realism is a 19th century movement): 18th Century: Romanticism 19th Century: Impressionism 20th Century: […]

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LeanUX Speaker Salon! (Thurs., March 28 @ Catalyst)

What could make a wintry-spring Friday better? Warmth, yes. But, you could also RSVP for the next LeanUX Speaker Salon, “Context in Mobile UX Strategy: The Importance of Being Fickle”, scheduled for Thurs. March 28 at the Catalyst Group office.  Not only would your attendance reward you with a greater understanding of Lean mobile strategy, but it […]

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A Credit Card Security Fail

I know my credit card company is trying to help, but they might need to adjust their algorithm. I received an alert e-mail for my Chase credit card yesterday that picked up “unusual activity” on my account and wanted me to confirm a recent transaction. Personally, I appreciate when the card company is trying to help […]

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A Couple of Web Accessibility Tips

One of my friends tweeted this infographic this afternoon…. It has pretty basic things in it, but I think they’re all good reminders for us. Clients don’t ask too much about accessibility, I’ve found, but I think it behooves us to have these skills and to infuse them in everything we do.

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‘Compassion and Creativity Conference’, April 12-13

The second annual Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) “Compassion and Creativity in the Community” conference will take place Fri. and Sat., April 12-13, 2013 at the Portuguese Cultural Center (65 Sand Pit Rd.) in Danbury, CT. This year’s Business panel will be moderated by Catalyst Group’s Janine Coover. The 2013 conference will focus on how the […]

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GIF: The Future of UIs

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