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Level Up: App Camp 3.0

Recently, Instrument made a “Community Supporter” donation towards App Camp for Girls, an organization that pushes young women into the world of software by teaching them how to make apps. We’re stoked that with the help from people and organizations around the country, the group’s crowdfunding campaign App Camp 3.0 successfully reached their $100,000 goal. 

We believe in encouraging the next generation of developers, designers, producers and strategists. This means contributing towards programs that support and increase diversity and inclusion in the tech and design world.

For more on App Camp for Girls go here.

Images via @appcampforgirls

Emoji defined 📖

“Emoji is like rhubarb pie: either you get it and kind of love it, or it just seems a bit off and weird to you.”

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Google Slash Design Accessibility

We at Instrument recently helped Google design and develop a new iteration of the google.com/design website. One of the biggest challenges in this project was making sure both the design and development met the WCAG 2.0 AA level of accessibility for people with low vision or those using any assistive technology.

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Welcome to the new Stumptown

Stumptowncoffee.com is live. The quest to teach the world to brew the perfect cup of coffee continues with an e-commerce site, completely rebuilt and simplified using the freshest technology and content available. Our goal was to keep coffee-cionados close to the cup with nine beautiful, informative brew guides featuring members of the Stumptown family showing viewers in real time how to get the most from every sip.

Won’t you take me to Stumptown?

Meet the McFlys: A survey in current home automation

My first exposure to the home of tomorrow was Back to the Future II. Marty and Doc hop in the DeLorean to Marty’s future den and witness voice-controlled appliances, AGR headsets, a robotic greenhouse and a food/pizza hydrator. Today, many of these once-fictional devices are ready to connect. This survey explores how the automated home plays out for three households: Baby boomers, Gen X and Gen Y with a focus on security, environment, personal health, fitness and hobbies. Within these categories we’ll cover gadgets and gizmos that work together to improve the home lives of each generation. 

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Introducing Google Design

Last year, Google launched material design, a framework for thoughtful, beautiful, and adaptive design. With it, they launched google.com/design as a hub for design resources. Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of an all new Google Design hub, a truly unique platform for the large network of talented designers at Google to share their insights and learnings.

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