Easily add high-quality animation to any native app with Lottie

By the folks at AirBnB: Lottie is an iOS, Android, and React Native library that renders After Effects animations in real time, allowing apps to use animations as easily as they use static images. Lottie uses a JSON file – generated by the BodyMovin plugin for After Effects as its source, and then renders it […]

Transit Maps – A Technical Follow-Up

Follow-up to the aforementioned Transit Maps: Six weeks ago, we launched Transit Maps, and wrote this blog post about why we took on the mammoth task of creating automatically-generated yet aesthetically-pleasing maps. […] Today, we’re fulfilling our promise to publish a technical follow-up from Anton, our resident mapping wizard, who explains in much greater detail […]

Transit Maps: Apple vs. Google vs. Transit App

The folks who created Transit App, which sports very nice transit maps: We wanted the prettiness of Apple’s slow solution, but the scalability of Google’s automatic process. In short, we wanted algorithms to draw beautiful transit maps. It’s in the details, people! Transit Maps: Apple vs. Google vs. Transit App →

Mobile Continuous Delivery with a DevOps Mindset

Talk my colleague Patrick Debois gave at Velocityconf 2015. It touches a few of the same things I talked about in From Idea to App (or “How we roll at Small Town Heroes”) in a deeper way, along with a truckload of more information on how we do things at Small Town Heroes. This presentation […]

From Idea to App (or “How we roll at Small Town Heroes”)

Earlier this week I was invited to give a guestlecture to the students ICT at Odisee (my former employer, that’s correct), explaining the app development process, how we do certain things at Small Town Heroes, and how we implement QA throughout our process. You can check out the slides embedded below. You might recognize a […]

Augmented Reality Coloring Book

In this paper, we present an augmented reality coloring book App in which children color characters in a printed coloring book and inspect their work using a mobile device. The drawing is detected and tracked, and the video stream is augmented with an animated 3-D version of the character that is textured according to the […]