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The Authentic Form & Function journal discusses topics effecting and impacting the urban space as they relate to design and technology.

The Authentic Form & Function journal discusses topics effecting and impacting the urban space as they relate to design and technology.

Remote Life Routine

Remote Life: The Art and Struggle of the Daily Routine

Remote

A five part series written for remote professionals who want to take their life and careers to a new level. This is Part One in the series.

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An Introduction to React JS: Becoming a Cool Kid

Development

When it comes to client work, I've always enjoyed the pace and variety of projects. With multiple new projects per year, you're able to begin anew, utilizing new technologies and patterns with with each start. In 2015, Authentic was able to work on many new projects. On several of these, we took the opportunity to learn and utilize React JS, the oft mentioned fancy javascript framework released by Facebook back in 2014.

In this article I want to provide an introduction to React JS, for those of you interested in the latest and greatest, but potentially a little hesitant to jump into something so new and different.

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How the Sausage is Made

Design

When I started dabbling within the world of “web design” it was 1997, I had just moved to an entirely new part of the country, and there was a surplus of time. Being the new kid without much middle school acceptance as of yet, those first few months made for an lonely east coast. My best friends over that first spring and summer were my electric guitar, the local alt rock station, and my tangerine iMac computer.

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Beyond Remote

Remote

Authentic F&F started the year with a fairly large change. The last day in 2014 was also the last day for our previous (and first) employee, Ian, who decided it was time for him to move on from Authentic and venture on his own path. Ian became a great colleague and friend to both Chris and I, and seeing him leave disrupted the idealist picture of what we wanted our business to be, questioning many decisions we've made about how to build our business. 

This change, while hard to digest at first, forced us to take a hard look our company’s remote-oriented vision. Not only how to retain talented remote employees, but ensuring all members of the team felt fulfilled; in the work they are doing individually, and in business we are creating together.

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Things We're Still Figuring Out

Culture

Earlier this month Bryant and I had the pleasure to speak with two Denver groups on the topic of the things we’re still figuring out. The spectrum of highs and lows that growing businesses and business owners face as they evolve over time—as individuals and as a collective unit.

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Nurturing Your Creative Motivation

Culture

Every day I find myself awed by the creations of others. Whether it's building a business, writing an elegant piece of code, or crafting a completely unique and original idea; the creative output of others makes me marvel at their achievements.

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How to Successfully Network as a Creative

Culture

In the earliest stages of my career as a designer and developer, I would visit networking events because I thought that’s what I was supposed to be doing. Meeting people and “getting out into the community” a bit. Giving a little to get a little, right? The more business cards I handed out, I thought, the more my phone would be ringing off the hook.

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Stop Hating on Trends

Design

For as long as I can remember I’ve read articles and viewed comments—perusing general design feedback—which is critical of designers who follow trends. This extends to those people who use superfluous mockup techniques to present their work, or to those who place mockups inside the beautiful industrial design of an iPhone or other high priced device.

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From ExpressionEngine to Craft

Development

Now that we're wrapping our first large-scale Craft CMS build, I want to take some time to reflect on Craft itself, speaking to how it compares to ExpressionEngine, a tool we have used for a number of years and a platform from which Craft was clearly inspired.

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