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Stepping out from software: Tech inspired beer labels

At DeveloperTown, our focus is always on designing the best software solutions for our clients, but we never want to lose focus on fostering opportunities to express creativity and design in other forms. Inspired by our local Indianapolis tech and brewery scene, a few of our designers took it upon themselves to do an internal design challenge centering around beer and brewery labels. The only rule was to have the beer label theme be something in the realm of technology and startups.

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Culture versus Strategy

I don't perceive our culture eats our strategy here at DeveloperTown. In fact, I think our culture begets our strategy. This especially rings true for me in our core value to Be Authentic.

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Example Typescript Monorepo – Part 3 – Reasonings

This is the third part of a series for setting up a typescript monorepo using typescript, yarn-workspaces, and clean architecture.

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Example Typescript Monorepo – Part 2 – API

This is part 2 of a series called “Example Typescript Monorepo”. If you haven’t read through part 1, I would recommend doing that before reading the following. In this tutorial we will be using a variety of different technologies including typescript, express, gulp, yarn-workspaces, and module-alias.

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Example Typescript Monorepo – Part 1 – React Native

After spending a couple weeks bashing my head against my keyboard trying to get a typescript monorepo with react-native to work, I finally did. I don’t wish anyone that same pain, so I have decided to start the year off with a bang and write a post series on how to integrate all aspects of a typescript architecture into a single monorepo.

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When to Redesign Your Legacy System

You started your product from just an idea. Today, you have an app with REAL users, and possibly even sustainable revenue. You launched the app several years ago when apps were new and the competitive landscape was barren. You started building a product which has evolved by adding features on top of the original product.

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How to Keep a Culture You Love

As Director of Culture & Talent at DeveloperTown, I have a great gig at an awesome place to work that, in my opinion, had a great culture before I even joined. Seriously, who doesn't want to work in a #tinyhouse, wear flip flops to work most of the time, play ping pong at will, and so on?!? But the expectation is for us to maintain our awesome culture in the face of constant evolution and growth.

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Exceptions aren’t Exceptional

Failure is to be assumed and should be built in. Contingency is the default, not the exception.

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Designing and the Mandala

There is beauty in change. There is beauty in iteration, and in the pursuit of constantly working towards something better, maybe it’s best not to think of any design work as ever being truly complete.

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Thinking of Quitting

5 tips from Mike Kelly (Self proclaimed quitter) on how to keep going, even when what you really want to do is just give up.

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