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Image by Leah Bailey
Posted 3 Dec 2018 | Design, Featured

Typography in Sketch

As an InDesign lover at heart, I have been happily surprised with how eloquently Sketch handles type. So I just wanted to share some handy features I have learned: Text Styles Working with a development team? Text styles are a great way to integrate the developer mentality into your designs. Everytime there is a unique font size or font weight, the development team has to create a new style. So optimizing these styles in your designs is key..

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Image by Grace Ficke
Posted 30 Nov 2018 | Design, Featured

Most Useful Sketch Shortcuts

Here are my top 7 favorite Sketch 52 shortcuts! #1 Zoom Command+1 = Zoom to include all objects in the workspace. Command+2 = Zoom to selected objects. Command+0 = Return to origional zoom. #2 Arrange along the Z-axis Option+Command+Up/Down = Send foward/backward. Control+Option+Command+Up/Down = Send to front/back. #3 Input Math #4 Precision Selections Option+Selection= Select only entirely selected objects Selection → Right click → Select Layer #5 Fills and Borders Selection+F = Add/Remove Fill Selection+B = Add/Remove Borders

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Image by Grace Ficke
Posted 28 Nov 2018 | Design, Featured

Color Management Tips and Tricks

Includes two Sketch palettes! Swatches There are two main swatch libraries built into Sketch, global and document colors. How those libraries function is exactly how you would probably guess. Global Global colors exist throughout all of your documents but are unique to you. I found the best practice for my workflow is to use global swatches for things like wireframing and digital sketches. Tasks that are intentionally general, not adhering to a specific brand, but still, have strategic color choice involved.

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Image by Grace Ficke
Posted 26 Nov 2018 | Design, Featured

4 ways to be more efficient in Sketch

Includes a Material Design icon symbol library! 1. Power up your libraries. Screenshot from Abstract What are libraries? Libraries are Sketch documents, typically full of helpful symbols, that can be used globally. New to Sketch? Start Here Why should I use Libraries? Libraries provide a single source of truth and can be linked across documents and even projects. How do I maximize the power of Libraries?

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Posted 31 Oct 2018 | iOS, Android, Business, Featured

Atomic Robot Featured on Clutch

Atomic Robot Named Leader on State Mobile App Report We are pleased to announce that Atomic Robot has been highlighted in Clutch’s recent report covering the top U.S. mobile app development companies. The three-day press release covered every U.S. state, and Atomic Robot was spotlighted as one of the top mobile app developers in Ohio! “App development services companies in the U.S. face strong competition domestically and abroad,” Clutch Business Analyst Jeremy Fishman said.

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Image by Leah Bailey
Posted 24 Sep 2018 | iOS, Android, Design, Featured

Accessibility First

Think of the last few times you’ve seen an accessibility ramp on a building. They sometimes seem like an afterthought don’t they? Why not build the ramp first and create a unified experience for those that have difficulty with stairs and those that don’t? Accessibility is beneficial to everyone. This theory applies to the design of all things. For those of us designing and building software there’s a term for this kind of thinking: universal design.

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Posted 12 Aug 2018 | Android

Driving User Engagement with Firebase App Indexing

At their core, mobile apps must cultivate a user base and hold their attention. This proves particularly challenging given the average smartphone user has only 36 apps installed on their device. Of those, only 9 are used daily, and another lie dormant and never used. These numbers can appear intimidating; as developers, we are focused on collecting as many users as possible to gain the most value from our apps.

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Posted 25 Jun 2018 | Business, Featured

How Much Does It Cost to Build an App?

The process of completing an app relies on multiple factors: the required team, agency experience, app complexity, and overall price. Atomic Robot breaks down each step from idea to execution. THE TEAM BEHIND THE APP An app can’t build itself (yet) — it requires a robust team of specialists. Each plays an important role in the final product. A team is generally composed of: Designer: Determines the flow of the app (user-experience) and crafts the visual look and feel (user-interface).

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Posted 18 Jun 2018 | Android, Featured

Flutter Takes Off at Google I/O 

Flutter is Google’s mobile app SDK for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android in record time. This year’s Google I/O conference prominently featured Flutter alongside native development experiences. Cross-platform solutions for mobile applications have been around as long as there have been smartphones. From early HTML based solutions such as Cordova to more “native” solutions like Xamarin and React Native, the goal to “write once and deliver everywhere” has been out of reach.

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Posted 2 Dec 2017 | iOS, Android, Business, Featured

Clutch Global 1000

Your customers are becoming more and more mobile, and it is important that your company adapts. Here at Atomic Robot, we help your company keep up by bringing your brand to your customers. We specialize in mobile app development, UX/UI design, and digital strategy to help your company compete on a mobile platform. Our team consults with our clients to help them enhance their company’s online presence as well as create better connections with their customer base.

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