Atlantic BT hosted the inaugural Crop Meetup, featuring our very own. This is a meetup about everything design presented by professional designers. The format is broken down into two segments. The first portion features an overall design theme and the second showcases a cool method or new technology related to design.
Crop is about sharing methods and techniques. We want to give designers a platform to showcase their skills and learn about the latest and greatest. If you love design, love to collaborate then we want you at the next Crop meetup.
The first topic presented by Corey Brinkmann, Senior Designer @atlanticbt, highlighted some tips and techniques on creating your own custom textures. He bounced back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator. He showed the engaging audience how to create your own vector brushes using simple sketch scans. Then he asked us to “channel our inner image” by highlighting some ways to alter the channels to create depth and layer our own textures from secondary images.
The second portion was a continuation where Mark Riggan, Senior Designer / Front-End Developer @atlanticbt, repurposed some of Corey’s final comps to introduce a “resolutionary” method for making “the beautifully well-crafted textured images translate properly on higher density screens like Apple’s Retina Display.”
The audience of 55ish talented designers, photographers, developers asked great relevant questions. Overall we felt the inaugural Crop meetup was a huge success and hope to keep it going on a monthly basis. Crop is designed to be a place where we can all learn and get better. In short it’s By Designers, For Designers. If you are interested in collaborating and learning from some talented “crop” of designers, then make sure to check out next month’s topic, Creating Custom Color Palettes. Details to be announced soon.
Are there differences in application architecture that are important for the cloud?
It is important to build applications and workloads specifically for the cloud. You will want to carefully consider what services the cloud provider of your choice has to offer and how your application leverages those services.
What’s the benefit of hosting in the cloud vs. traditional options?
Reasons not to host in the cloud are few and far between. If you don't host in the cloud, you will spend more in both CapEx and OpEx to manage your applications or websites in a traditional environment.
How can I improve the performance of my application?
There are several primary reasons that applications perform poorly, and in some cases it’s a combination of several. 1) Data latency: If your application is making calls to a data source (whether it’s an API or a direct call) and there is latency at the data provider, your application performance will suffer.
The answer is ‘probably yes’. There aren’t many reasons for an application to be hosted elsewhere, aside from occasional compliance standards, or requirements to integrate with local services that would require large amounts of data to move from on-premise to cloud.