Blue Pane Studio Produces 77th app: First Night Raleigh

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

FNR 2016

Link to First Night Tickets:

Sponsored by Fidelity Jobs in North Carolina

Blue Pane Studio delivers its 63rd app

Friday, January 10th, 2014

For the Association of Event Professionals in Nashville, TN.

AEP Nashville 2014 app

Apple Store , Google Play for Android , AEP 2014 info.

Blue Pane Studio delivers 4th app for Finovate Conferences

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Finovate SF

Enhancements are: Trip Report feature; Contact Presenter; Ratings; Tagging.

Blue Pane Studio Celebrates Launch of its 50th App

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Finovate Europe

Blue Pane Studio delivers iPad app for Finovate Asia

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Our 4th iPad and 46th app. Finovate is a special conference because only demonstrations of technologies, i.e. no Powerpoint presentations, are allowed. I attended the New York and London Conferences so I am able to vouch for the exceptional quality of the proceedings including the best refreshments of all conferences (ice cream sundaes in NYC!)

Blue Pane Studio’s latest app: CowParade N.C. 2012

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

App designed for fund-raiser for the University of North Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. 80 cows on display about the Research Triangle area. Recommend a visit with the family on a sunny afternoon. More related information here.

Blue Pane Studio’s iPad App for Tuck’s Center for Digital Strategies

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

It’s a pleasure to partner with the Center for Digital Strategies. Great design by Brad Haden of Site 63 and software engineering by Ben Schell of Blue Pane Labs.

Have budget for an app! What does an app do?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Apps are fun but who really needs one?! I felt the same way about cell phones 10 years ago that promised web surfing.

App Top 10 List:

1. Apps deliver a singular or discreet bit of information to wherever you are when you need it. Apps are not mini web pages (closets for someplace to stick unused info).

2. Apps fall into 3 categories: a) entertainment (Angry Birds); b) information: mix a drink, find the room of a speaker at a conference; c) interaction with those data-rich, security-paranoid data bases. This is why bank apps are mainly lame.

3. Apps can be justified by cost-savings, i.e. fewer people, less paper and they seem to attract an compelling set of customers. Apps should be considered an increasingly important component of your communications and collaboration plan. Apps connect like-minded people. Take advantge of this.

4. A well designed and well supported and easy to upgrade cell phone app costs between $7,500 and $15,000. Adding tablet (iPad) adds $10,000 to this total. More may be needed. I would be suspicous of less.

5. Blue Pane Studio designed 40+ apps for Apple and Android devices. Believe it or not, it costs more to design for Android as they have so many types of phones and each one is just this much different.

6. You will not be overwhelmed by the number of devices to support. Sorry Microsoft, Nokia, RIM. Phones = Apple & Android. Tablets = iPad. I wish it were different; I believe in choice (more than either Chevy or Ford) but these are the facts, maam.

7. Apps perform better when designed for the device, native. The accounting department will like the sound of design once, run on any device, browser-based ‘mobile app’. However, the necessary bandwidth reliability will not be available for the rest of the decade (truth). So, design for Native. See Point 6 above.

8. First, get your learner’s permit.Content management is as important to the success of an app as it is to a web site. Plan for this and start small with the first app. Deliver something to the client or to the employees that is useful and easy to maintain.

9. Tablets will become compelling Education and Training tools due to the their high qualify video cameras, ease of recording and super ease of editing. All can be done right there on the tablet including e-mailing a specific snippet to someone. “here’s two minutes of Bob’s weather discussion. Share with team?” Tablets are more than readers.

10. In 1983, we could not imagine PCs being more useful than writing letters and collecting receipes (I was there for this conversation); we could not imagine inter-connectedness of PCs nor the great Internet. Tablets are more than readers. They will be control devices and collaboration stations of all sorts. It’s a good time to hop into the shallow end of the pool.

Blue Pane Studio’s new web site.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Thanks to Tessa, BPS Art Director, and Ben of Blue Pane Labs, Blue Pane’s site reflects its portfolio of web sites and mobile apps. All done in more time than it took Instagram to cash-out for $1b of Facebook investment! Oh well and we are proud of our client portfolio too.

I wonder if there will be a day when we say, ‘we used to design web sites where one searched for lots of information in one place before apps offered specific and much smaller sources of information.

Next step is delivering our first series of iPad-based apps. It is fun exploring the potential of tablets beyond their obvious use as readers or e-books.

Blue Pane Studio delivers its 1st calculator app; for USDA WIC Program

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012