What is an API? An Application Programming Interface, or API, is a set of commands, utilities, functions, or uniform data access points that allows for programmatic access to a system. A website-based API is built primarily using a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) or Representational State Transfer (REST) interface. While SOAP is common in older…

One of my first projects utilizing the AngularJS framework came to Crowd Favorite through the folks over at nugs.net, who desired a subscription-based music streaming service that would provide wide access to single bands. It would be similar to Spotify, but with a focus on specific artists and a broader selection, rather than a wide…

Companies should stop thinking about having a “blog” and instead think more specifically about their audience and trying to communicate with potential users and clients. Consider how blog information might reflect the design approach. Could the information be communicated outside of the traditional blog to better appeal to the audience? By thinking, “beyond the blog”…

Being human means we’re not always logical. Our brains have developed certain ways of thinking that help us understand and simplify the complex world around us in simple ways, but unfortunately those mental shortcuts can often cause problems for us as well. Psychologists refers to these mental patterns as “cognitive biases”: individual beliefs and tendencies…

We’ve all been there, an empty login form sneering at us from the screen, that pit in our stomach when we become acutely aware that we’ve forgotten our password. Or our username. Or the ultimate horror: both. It seems everything online requires a username and password. The number of credentials we’re required to remember pile…

(This article is a recap of a lightning talk I recently delivered at the Business of Software conference.) As the Chief Creative Officer here at Crowd Favorite, I spend pretty much all day obsessing about how to improve user experiences. I’ve observed a number of recurring software design problems over the years, and I thought I’d share a…

Keeping track of time in any modern computer system is a complex affair. Not only does one have to consider the timezone of the server, but the timezone of the user, the user’s system, the user’s browser, and systems such as PHP and MySQL, each with their own separate time settings. Even though time keeping…

It is spring time around here in Europe and a lot of WordCamps are happening in many different cities and countries. As part of the Crowd Favorite team, I have visited two WordCamps this year so far – volunteering at WordCamp London and speaking at the first WordCamp Belgrade. WordCamp London 2015 The second WordCamp…

Morehouse Macdonald & Associates is an architecture firm based out of Massachusetts, specializing in detailed, textured, and sophisticated design. Crowd Favorite helped them tell their visual story in the creation of a WordPress website that reflects their high-end style. We are very pleased with the new web site Crowd Favorite has created for us. Our…

Background iSigner is a JavaScript project for a subscription-based service which embeds an American Sign Language interpreter into a page, and allows the creator of that page to direct the plugin to sign page content, including image attributes (alt/title), video, and text. In order to provide the greatest amount of accessibility and flexibility that is…

Crowd Favorite currently delivers professional services in design and engineering to Fortune 500 companies, often connecting their existing back office systems with web-facing applications. Today Crowd Favorite is happy to announce several partnerships that will expand our suite of services for Enterprise clients. Mobile development Crowd Favorite is proud to announce a partnership with Zeek…

Crowd Favorite was proud to sponsor WordCamp Orange County in 2014. Our team showed up en masse (18 Favoriteers!) to participate and meet others in the WordPress community. Our own Jeff Zinn and Brandon Dove did a lot of heavy lifting for this event so we raise a glass to their efforts. We had a couple of…

We are proud to announce the release of the new and improved open-source Annotum WordPress theme. The new Annotum is compatible with WordPress 3.8+, and more completely supports valid scholarly article authoring. To class it up, we introduced a number of other improvements. Annotum is a product of Solvitor with heavy lifting by Crowd Favorite, in collaboration with…

The way browsers handle canvas drawing on HiDPI (or Retina) displays is a bit of an unknown specification. The common assumption is that because canvas uses vectors to rasterize its entities like lines and shapes, it should “just work” for HiDPI displays. This assumption is currently incorrect and leads to inconsistent results across browsers. To…

One of the many things I have in common with our incoming CTO, Chris Lema, is we’ve both been serving Enterprise clients for over 20 years. While my focus has been primarily on the services side, Chris’ expertise comes from a products background.  As we have spent the last year or more collaborating, discussing and…