News | Jun 29, 2022
Co-CEO Pasquale "Pocky" Marranzino Celebrates 40 Years at Karsh Hagan
By Karsh Hagan |
Every year Karsh Hagan attends Develop Denver, a local, community-based conference that brings designers and developers together. Develop Denver helps professionals and students alike by introducing them to new technologies, processes, and philosophies that will help them innovate in the digital world. The conference continues to grow, and this year it has blossomed, partly because of Denver’s growing tech hub.
This year, the topics of discussion ranged from technical presentations about the latest tools and techniques to talks about secondary skills and philosophies, such as presenting and increasing designer/developer collaboration. Here are some of the top trends discussed.
Cody Moiseve, an Interaction Designer, highlighted a recent article he read where the author stated that his Amazon Echo was making his daughter a jerk because she was talking to it in a mean tone and that was translating to her interactions with humans.
As developers, do we have a responsibility to program in responses or filters to prevent this negative behavioral change? If so, how much should we try to influence someone’s behavior? I think a good solution would be to have a child setting which restricts access based on certain keywords, plus it could talk back if a particular keyword isn’t used, such as “please.” Ultimately, it’s the parent’s or owner’s responsibility to differentiate between human and machine and tailor their behavior accordingly. To me, this is an interesting subject and as human and computer interaction increases, how will it change both the person and the machine?
Collaboration between designers and developers is never perfect, but new tools and methodologies are improving the workflow, helping us design, build, and plan today’s modern apps and web apps.
Everyone I spoke to at Develop Denver was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. It’s a friendly community of men and women who actually enjoy their jobs and the craft. Whether you’re starting out or have been working as a developer for years, it’s important to get out and see what’s going on around you. If you are in the industry and looking to network, learn, or grow your business, I encourage you to attend Develop Denver and get involved in the Denver design and tech community. A good place to start is going to a Meetup.
-Joe Saperstein, Senior Creative Technologist