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AKA our blog, in which we talk about design, technology, inclusion, and anything else we’ve been thinking about lately. Oh, and adorable cephalopod stories, because they make us happy.

Date Published
31 March 2021
·Reading time
3 minute read

Moving slowly and (not) breaking things

On collapsed ceilings, why living in Portugal will teach you patience, and why we’ve been working on our latest product for a year.

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Date Published
31 December 2020
·Reading time
4 minute read

The year in review: 2020

Our first full year of business! Of course, we picked the messiest one we could find. We didn't accomplish everything we'd planned, but we made it through in one piece, which feels like an accomplishment on its own.

Date Published
12 August 2020
·Reading time
5 minute read

How to mute a mic in six months

For a relatively simple app, Mic Drop took a lot longer than you might think to build. It turns out that there's a lot more to simplicity than there seems—and audio, in particular, is especially complex. Matt explores beneath the surface to share what we've learned from our first foray into macOS app development, from a (mostly) technical perspective.

Date Published
30 June 2020
·Reading time
2 minute read

The Remote Meeting Etiquette Guide

With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, it looks like remote working may be here to stay—which means lots and lots of Zoom meetings. Since video calling is our new normal, it’s time we had an etiquette guide for our post-COVID world. Spoiler alert: keep your trousers on and mute your mic.

Date Published
29 April 2020
·Reading time
3 minute read

Say hello to Mic Drop!

Mic Drop is a little app for your Mac that makes it super easy to mute (and unmute!) your mic, using a global shortcut or a menu bar control. It's also our very first app, so please forgive us if we use too many exclamation points.

Date Published
13 January 2020
·Reading time
4 minute read

The year in review: 2019

A little late, but there’s no expiration date on thoughtful reflection, right? We take the opportunity to review our first (short!) year in business: what we accomplished, what we didn’t, and where we’re headed next.

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