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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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Educate with Remind

Remind is a communication tool used to facilitate interactions between teachers, students, and parents in the modern world. The platform allows users to connect and collaborate safely in and outside of the classroom through one-on-one conversations or class announcements sent via text, email, or push notification. We are excited to work with Remind to support the growth and success of our students and their education for tomorrow.