Blog

Home/Blog/

A Beginner’s Guide to Human Centered Design

By |May 17th, 2017|Categories: Delighting|

At Red Cedar Solutions Group, we specialize in user-centered design and development. By speaking with real users, we ensure that everything we build is optimized for usability. For a quick introduction to human centered design, watch this video from IDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=musmgKEPY2o  

Creative Confidence: Mapping Collaborative Innovations

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: Crafting, Delighting, RCSG|

“The truth is, we all have far more creative potential waiting to be tapped.” So state Tom and David Kelley in their exceptional book Creative Confidence. Tom Kelley is the author of The Art of Innovation, and his brother David Kelley founded IDEO and Stanford d.school. RCSG has long been a fan of the creative [...]

Design Patterns: An Assembly Line of Code

By |April 3rd, 2017|Categories: RCSG|

To non-developers, software development can seem impossibly complex and difficult. For a writer and designer like myself, reading through lines of code is like trying to read Latin. But as I’ve learned more about the processes here at Red Cedar, I’ve discovered that many tricks of the trade translate back to common work processes in [...]

Crafting Stepwell: A Future Guided by the Past

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Crafting, Designing, Ed Tech|

  At Red Cedar Solutions Group, we’re always ready to take on new challenges. With each project we engage with clients, dive deep into understanding their specific needs, and thoughtfully craft our software to meet those needs Whether it’s our continuous work on MI School Data or our various independent software products, each project uses [...]

New Beginnings in the New Year

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: Crafting, Creating|

The holiday decorations have been neatly packed away (ideally), all traces of New Year’s parties are gone (hopefully), and this is definitely the year the gym membership will be worth it. Well, maybe in a perfect world.   Clichés aside, the new year does signify new beginnings. And a lot has changed at Red Cedar [...]

Discovery & Design: A Red Cedar Process

By |February 24th, 2016|Categories: Creating, Designing, Discovering|Tags: , , , , , |

When it comes to creating great software, there is no one perfect formula for uncovering the solution you’re looking for. But here at Red Cedar, we’ve come up with an outline of our eight step process to help guide you in understanding the path to your best thinking. While the complexity and exact execution of [...]

Inspire Yourself!

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Creating|Tags: , , , , |

Inspiration strikes at the most unsuspecting times. You might be riding along in the car, on a run through the neighborhood, or even delving into a delicious burger at your favorite local bar & grill. But what about those times when you need inspiration on the spot? You might be assigned a new project at [...]

Just like riding a bike…

By |September 12th, 2014|Categories: Agile, Crafting|

Over Labor Day weekend Team Red Cedar completed the annual DALMAC bicycle ride from East Lansing, MI to the Mackinac Bridge. I had a lot of time to think as we spent about 21 hours on bicycles covering about 350 miles over 5 days. As we were riding on the last day, it occurred to me that [...]

Amazon is an education company now?

By |September 11th, 2014|Categories: Delighting|

Amazon. One of those companies Red Cedar always has on our radar. Not because we think we are poised to become the Amazon of Education but because of their ability to fundamentally change the business models of their competitors to meet the threat they pose, shifting entire markets in Amazon's direction. I recently read that [...]

“It’s not very hard to be clever.”

By |June 24th, 2014|Categories: Designing, RCSG|

"It’s far harder to be simple, obvious, and meaningful. It’s hard to make something feel like it needs to exist.” I recently came across this quote about design by Jake Barton, founder of LocalProjects, and I thought it captured nicely the goal of design activities at Red Cedar. During the discovering phase of working on [...]