Flat Design

You know the old saying ‘less is more?’ That seems to be the mantra for the current trend in user interface design. We’re seeing less and less of the 3D object design and more flat design. Less clutter, less fuss and more openness are becoming the norm. And now the trend has been solidified with Apple’s recent iOS7 release.

Apple's 3D design compared to their new flat design

Apple’s 3D design compared to their new flat design

But with simplicity comes a great deal of consideration, without the bells and whistles (gradients, drop shadows etc) the focus is solely on the shapes and color choices of the design. With less text, the design needs to visually explain itself but with a minimal design approach. Have we become so familiar with digital user interfaces that the need to create 3D design to emulate real-world objects is a thing of the past? Or is this cleaner approach to design just another trend?

Thetus Savanna Webcast Tomorrow!

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Wednesday, October 23rd at 11am PST/ 2pm EST

Discover how Savanna, our all-source analysis suite, helps make sense of information and pivots data as new knowledge evolves so you can turn insight into a solution.

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Tech Economy Summit Events

taoWe’re excited to host two networking events leading up to a summit called Portland State of Mind: Powering the Region’s Tech Economy this week.  Portland State of Mind, a joint summit between Portland State University and the Technology Association of Oregon, will focus on the needs of the Oregon tech industry and PSU’s role in supporting those needs, including research and development, workforce training, and economic development.

PSU_white_screenAmong the events is CleanWeb Hack, a hack-a-thon hosted at PSU with CleanWeb on Saturday, October 26 that will bring together students and professionals from different disciplines to solve environmental issues through utilization of information technology. Participants will spend one day hacking in small teams to create radical new solutions across issues related to climate change and global resource constraints and will present their creations to a panel of judges on Saturday evening. This is also a “tech laboratory” where students will work alongside professionals to apply their knowledge. The U.S. Department of Energy’s datasets that will be available to attendees include datasets pertaining to energy, solar, and utility rates.

cleanweb_mainlogo_temporaryWe’ll be hosting the pre-event networking happy hour leading up to the CleanWeb Hack in our Portland Headquarters. The happy hour is on Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and will serve as an opportunity for those participating in the hack to meet each other and form teams.

Register for the CleanWeb Hack event 

On Thursday, October 24th we’ll be hosting a pre-event networking happy hour for the Portland tech community. This happy hour will serve as the meet and greet event leading up to Friday, October 25th’s executive discussion of the needs of the tech sector, and how PSU can best support them.  Stephen Fleming, Vice President at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, will keynote this event and share lessons that can be learned from a national model of successful industry-university partnerships.

This Friday morning event is free to attend but registration is required.

Thetus South is Now in Business

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Aren’t those big windows amazing!

We’ve got our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, our business development office in Washington, D.C. and now we’re proud to announce we’ve opened an office in Music City!  Located in the heart of Nashville’s historic arts district, the newest addition to the Thetus family embodies the classic Thetus feel while creating its own identity in unique and historic Cummins Station.

Originally built in 1907 , Cummins Station is famous for once being the warehouse for Maxwell House Coffee.  Over a century later, it’s making a new mark on Nashville as a fabulous and creative LEED Gold mixed-use space.  Home to over 140 businesses including restaurants, architecture firms, IT companies, a gym, and even a tattoo parlor, the 400,000 square feet house a community dedicated to environmental sustainability and corporate citizenship – a perfect match for Thetus!

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We also make sure to have an open floor plan.

We did some slight enhancement work to restore the space’s original character -  we repainted the walls, got rid of the paint on the brick (thank goodness), ripped up the carpet and put a clear epoxy finish on the original concrete floor, we added shelving of scrap wood to provide extra storage and added glass to the conference walls for more natural light .We’re happy to call it home!

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 4.54.17 PMWe are actively recruiting in Nashville, and we look forward to adding some fabulous new members to our Thetus South team, and becoming part of an exceptional new community! To see our open positions visit our site.

To jump start our community involvement in Nashville we’re sponsoring this weekend’s Hack Nashville. If you’re in the area, join the 48-hours of coding fun!

Ada Lovelace Day

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 3.41.09 PM Today is Ada Lovelace Day!  As the creator of the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, Ada Lovelace is known as the first computer programmer. To mark this special day of promoting influential women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Brown University has created the Ada Lovelace Edit-a-thon.  In it’s 5th year now, the edit-a-thon encourages people to add and edit wikipedia pages for other influential women in STEM. Remote attendees are encouraged, for more information read here.

Check out the STEMinist Blog for more news about women in STEM.

Design Week in Portland

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 1.41.07 PMIn it’s second year, Design Week in Portland will showcase a smorgasbord of events. Literally there are a bevy of events starting today and going through Saturday. The format this year is all open, no main conference center and schedule. Design of all types is included, design companies and others were encouraged to host their own event, and many companies are having open houses as well. For more information about the event itself, read this article by Zach Dundas in Portland Monthly or stop by the Portland Incubator Experiment offices where the event headquarters is temporarily set up to help guide and inform attendees.

Here’s the schedule of events

Here’s an interactive map of all the open houses 

What About Keeping Women in the Tech Industry?

Why-Leave-Stats-fullLast week we posted a blog about Free Technology Education for Women that described three new organizations that are offering tools to help women start a career in the technology industry. Yesterday, Fast Company published this article, Why Women Leave Tech Companies, And What To Do About It that states “women leave tech companies at double the rate of men.” Lately the focus has been encouraging young women to pursue the tech field but job retention for women in this industry is also a problem. The Anita Borg Institute has a report where they gathered academic studies about why women choose to leave and best practices for keeping women in this field.

What do you think is the bigger problem, encouraging women to join the tech industry or retaining women already in the tech industry?

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