We have joined forces with Ecologi to plant trees and help some of the best climate solutions in the world. Every month we will be planting groves of trees in our company forest. Funding carbon reducing, tree planting projects all over the world. We think it is a pretty brilliant initiative to be contributing to.
Cameron recently joined Bad Dinosaur as one of our Project Managers. Previously, Cameron worked for a project management team in the construction sector. He is looking forward to transferring his skills to a new industry. We gave him a quick grilling to get to know him better.
What a fast 12 months. With the year drawing to a close and 2022 just around the corner we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on some of our favourite moments from the last year and share them with you.
For the second year in a row Bad Dinosaur have been been shortlisted in the 'App Development Agency of the Year' category at the 2022 UK Dev Awards.
“Digital transformation”, it’s a term that’s floated a lot, especially over the last few years. Some business leaders may even view the term as buzzwords used as a convenient catch-all phrase for any kind of business change. However, for many businesses a digital-first approach is essential to survival in a crowded marketplace.
Earlier this year Bad Dinosaur reviewed its sustainability practices. The team collectively agreed that we wanted to do more to try and reduce our corporate carbon footprint. Several initiatives were proposed, including a commitment to trying meat-free catering within the office.
We ran a stand at the DIGIT Expo 2021 yesterday and it was our first in-person event since COVID appeared on the scene. The event was great and it was amazing to speak to people in person again rather than over zoom.
Join us on the journey to becoming a sustainable dinosaur. Below is a round-up of the actions we’re taking to become a more sustainable and environmentally conscious business.
Sophie has joined the team as a Project Manager. Before joining Bad Dinosaur, Sophie worked in investment banking and financial securities services. We give Sophie a quick grilling to get to know her a bit better.
Since 2008, The Spartans Community Football Academy has been working with the local community and partners to deliver programmes and initiatives that have a lasting positive social impact in North Edinburgh. We love what they do, and we’re delighted to be involved.
Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about our Product Discovery Workshops. This is normally the first ‘formal’ stage of the process, where we help distil your concept down to the core functions needed to bring your concept to life. In this session we capture details about everything that needs to be built for the MVP (minimum viable product) stage.
Everything seems to be in a 'transition period' right now, whether it's Brexit or Covid or remote working. The one you might not be aware of is the Information Commissioner's Office 'Age Appropriate Design Code'. Businesses have until September this year to conform.
Jardine has joined the team as a developer. It turns out that the name Jardine came over from France via William the Conqueror, but our Jardine just comes from down the road in Stockbridge. We gave him a quick grilling to get to know him a bit better.
This roundup comes from a twitter thread by Julie Zhuo, Angel Investor and former VP at Facebook. Here she shares her best practices for giving helpful design feedback.
Step 1: come up with amazing app idea Step 2: ??????????????????????????????? Step 3: profit
Nyalls has joined the team as a developer. Interestingly, he was named after a Frasier character that his mum liked. We gave Nyalls a quick grilling to get to know him a bit better.
Previously we’ve talked about our hesitancy to build dating apps, but this one caught our eye.
There are more than 2.87 million apps on the Google Play Store, and 1.96 million on the App Store. It’s safe to say you’re going to need a great app name to stand out from the crowd and make a good impression on potential users.
Today, we launched our latest project: The Internet Watch Foundation Annual Report. This project was a collaboration between the IWF, their marketing agency Honest Ideas, and Bad Dinosaur. Here’s a brief overview of the project.
The big players in the music streaming business are embroiled in a monetisation debate.
Valentin has joined the team as a product designer. Before joining Bad Dinosaur, Valentin was freelancing as designer for a startup in his home of Paris. We gave Valentin a quick grilling to get to know him a bit better:
Check out our founder Kyle's top tips for SMEs who are considering embarking on a digital transformation journey.
So you’ve got an app idea, now what? People often make the mistake of thinking that coming up with a killer idea is the hardest part. Spoiler alert: it’s not. Building an app is more like building a business, you can expect a challenging journey ahead. We've gathered advice from developers, designers, clients, investors, and more. Follow this advice for a smooth app development journey, as you take the potential of your great idea and grow it into something worth writing home about.
Miriam has joined the team as a front end designer. Before starting at Bad Dinosaur, Miriam was studying and freelancing as a designer. She’s had lots of random jobs, she was an interior designer for a brief period, an intern at BBC Tunisia, and even worked as a hostel supervisor in Edinburgh. That one was the craziest - never a dull moment with people gathering from all over the world! We gave Miriam a quick grilling to get to know her a bit better.
In a nutshell, monetisation is how you’re going to make money from your app. Investors will want to know who’s building your app, how, and what it’s gonna cost, but they will also want to know how it’s gonna turn a profit. There are many ways to make money from your app, in this piece, we’ve listed six that we often work with.
Bad Dinosaur have been shortlisted in the 'Service Excellence' category at the 2021 Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards
We thought we would share some of the most common app concepts that come our way that we have to turn down, and break down the reasons why they’re a challenge either to create or to bring to market. Have you ever considered one of these ideas before?
Ruaridh has joined the team as a developer. Before starting at Bad Dinosaur, Ruaridh had quite the varied career, working his way up from KP to line chef at one point, and most recently he worked his way up from an internship to app developer at a delivery tech startup. We gave him a quick grilling to get to know him a bit better:
A round-up of the actions we're taking when recruiting in order to foster a more diverse and inclusive team.
When you first get an app idea and decide that you want to start working on it, you might feel that it’s solid and well thought out. This feeling of security normally evaporates as soon as someone starts excitedly asking you questions about it. That doesn’t mean that it’s a bad idea, though, simply that you need to think about how your idea will work in the real world.
There are a multitude of grants and funding opportunities available in Scotland, but it can be hard to find the right one, or to find the right one in time. Following the news that Business Gateway’s #DigitalBoost fund was suspended on the very day that it was launched, we’ve put together a quick list of things you can do to be prepared for the next funding opportunity that comes around.
Chris has joined the team as a developer. Before starting at Bad Dinosaur, Chris worked at ShareIn, a customisable investment platform that enables you to raise funds directly from your network of investors. ShareIn are based in CodeBase, where Bad Dinosaur started out! We gave Chris a quick grilling to get to know him a bit better:
Digital transformation is one of those terms you see used in a variety of ways, but at its core, digital transformation is about significantly adapting your business to ensure continuing relevance in our increasingly digitised world. It might be difficult to pinpoint a very exact definition, as digital transformation will look different for every organisation that undertakes it, but at its centre is not technology per se, but rather the way this new technology is implemented.
Co-design has become a popular approach when building tech, often coupled with agile teams and MVP building. The approach means that the client spends quite a lot of time meeting with the development team to discuss progress and talk about the project. At Bad Dinosaur, we really believe that this is a great way to work, despite the amount of work it requires of the client - or maybe because of it.
On 20 May the UK govt opened the £250m #FutureFund providing govt-backed loans worth between £125k and £5m to innovative businesses, as long as the money is at least matched by private investors. The fund is managed by the British Business Bank.
Building an app can be an overwhelming project, even if it’s an MVP. Especially if the project is in its early stages, you don’t have funding yet, and don’t know whether the app is going to work, it can be hard to find the money and courage to go ahead with the build. Luckily, there’s another option: a clickable prototype. This is a “mockup” of an app, designed to look and act right but without all of the code behind it. This means that you can see what the app will look like before we build it, and use the prototype as a way to improve your idea, collaborate with others, and even find funding. We like working in this way because it has several advantages, and we often get very good feedback from clients who like the option to have a good-looking prototype with minimal amounts of time and money invested.
We’ve delivered over 60 projects since 2016 and we’ve been a part of the discussion in building hundreds more. No two clients are the same, but there is considerable overlap in the assumptions people tend to make. These misconceptions are usually born out of excitement and a strong belief in an idea, which is ultimately a positive indicator. Nonetheless, it’s worth recognising these common pitfalls so you can avoid making the same mistakes others have. Here are some of the most frequent misconceptions we encounter.
Public Health England’s decision to use Microsoft Excel to process NHS Test and Trace data caused nearly 16,000 COVID-19 cases to go unreported. We take a look at how this error happened, and the drawbacks of relying on Microsoft Excel as a database (when it's not really supposed to be).
We dive into the MVP development process, explaining how and why we combine the specialised knowledge of our own team with our clients industry and business insights.
Difficult times force us to make decisions that we otherwise might not have, and while it is undoubtedly true that the drastic consequences of COVID-19 are forcing everyone across the globe to take stock of what it means to go about their day-to-day, the growing sense of community and support reminds us that there are always new and different ways in which we can continue to innovate and grow together.
Biscuit Tin is a digital legacy business providing a secure vault to hold all the threads of your life in one place..
Fanbase is a comprehensive mobile platform for booking and attending sports matches, uniting clubs and their fans through the latest mobile technology.
Acorn Wellbeing is a health-tech platform aimed at both simplifying medicine management and improving the healthcare relationship between patients and their local pharmacy.
HeyWow! is an innovative personalisation tool for a small independent publisher which produces personalised picture books for kids.
We’ve compiled a handy list of ways you could fund your new tech start-up, looking at grant funding, crowdfunding, competitions, accelerator programmes, and debt funding.