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Meeting clients for the first time can be daunting. You have expectations. You know they have expectations. The whole first meeting & proposal stage is riddled with things you can do wrong, communicate wrong, or forget to tell, and you know this applies to both sides. Reminds me of my first date.

Hipo’s client portfolio is really diverse, but one thing almost all our clients have in common is that they live in a different place than we do. This distance actually doubles the questions that arise while prospective clients meet us for the first time. …


Every Thursday, people at Hipo talk about their interests and experiences during HipoTalk sessions. Last week, Itır Dumlu shared her own experience on Creative Thinking. Let’s see what she says about creative thinking techniques.

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  1. How did you find out about Creative Thinking?

During my second year at Istanbul Bilgi University, one of my instructors introduced me the concept of creative thinking in her class. That opened a new door for my curiosity. I was fascinated by the concept, so I started doing more research on it.

2) What are the basics of Creative Thinking?

It is hard to say that there are certain “basics” of it. The path to creative thinking is a personal journey but I’d say surrendering, destroying judgement, creating curiosity, paying attention and asking dumb questions are the some steps many people take to get there. Whenever we stop judging ourselves and others, we can get to that “point” where we completely feel free. A free mind leads you to having more creativity overall, and that is something you can learn and practice. …


Oh summer, the warm sunshine, weekend getaways, and awesome interns. Summer wouldn’t be the same without these young talents contributing to our work at Hipo. We thought that we would share a few tidbits about these great characters, and how they fit in with the team. This week’s intern star is Tuğçe.

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  1. Tell us about yourself, what school do you go to and which program are you in?

I am a third-year Computer Engineering student at Çukurova University. I was introduced to CS and coding 2 years ago. I started working with Ardunio, then got into mobile development with Android and eventually decided to pick up iOS. I’d describe myself as pretty open-minded. …


Every Thursday, people at Hipo talk about their interests and experiences during HipoTalk sessions. Last week, Mert Güneş shared his own experience on Pokémon Go. Let’s see what he says about this super popular game.

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1) Why do you think Pokémon Go is breaking the internet right now?

I think this game was highly anticipated by a big crowd from the generation who watched Pokemon series when they came out. The previous versions of the game, although successful, were not that immersive and didn’t provide the current experience with augmented reality.

2) What level are you in Pokémon GO?

It’s been a month since I started playing and I am level 12. I usually play the game when I walk around. …


Oh summer, the warm sunshine, weekend getaways, and awesome interns. Summer wouldn’t be the same without these young talents contributing to our work at Hipo. We thought that we would share a few tidbits about these great characters, and how they fit in with the team. This week’s intern star is Ekin.

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1) Tell us about yourself, what school do you go to and which program are you in?

I am currently studying Computer Engineering at Middle East Technical University. I love learning new things and really enjoy anything related to computer science. …


Oh summer, the warm sunshine, weekend getaways, and awesome interns. Summer wouldn’t be the same without these young talents contributing to our work at Hipo. We thought that we would share a few tidbits about these great characters, and how they fit in with the team. This week’s intern star is Özge.

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1) Tell us about yourself, what school do you go to and which program are you in?

I am a third-year electrical and electronics engineering student at Dokuz Eylül University. I love to learn new and different things both through traveling and reading a lot. You can call me Pikachu. …


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Heimdal by Hipo

Every couple of months, we have a Hack Day where everyone puts aside their regular projects, and we spend a day working on side projects with innovative technologies and ideas that inspire us. Teams for different projects are formed beforehand, plans are made, and every team is expected to present their product at the end of the day.

One of our Hack Day projects started out when some of us thought there could be a better way to get through the office door than bringing keys along. Forgotten keys caused unnecessary doorbell rings, which in turn caused lost concentration and people running down to open the door. …


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By: Ömürden Cengiz @hipolabs

For testers, documenting our tests is critical for a healthy testing process, so it pains me to see how boring writing test cases can be. We’ve recently changed our approach to test documentation, and so I’ll be talking about an alternative method that shortens the time it takes to write our tests down.

In classical approaches, test cases are overcrowded with words; mostly of information about the project that everyone already knows. What test cases don’t have, is filtered information that allows readers to focus on the core functionality. To that effect, I believe Checklists are poised to take the throne from Test Cases, especially among startups and client-servicing development shops (where projects move much faster and with higher turnover than the rest of the industry). …


By: Kaan Eryilmaz @hipolabs

I want to talk about Tidal, the “new” music & video streaming service from a designer’s point of view. Yeah I might be late but who cares.

My first experience with Tidal

They first launched in US about a year ago with a sharp looking website, and as a music lover, this idea of High Fidelity sound got me excited. I was listening to flac every now and then but having all that content at your fingertips sounded magical.

I did not get to use TIDAL at first since it did not launch in Turkey. It remained at the back of my mind, however. As a designer, I often wondered how they made the app look like. This curiosity was spurred by Spotify, which sets the design bar really high, and made me wonder what Tidal could do to compare or outshine it. …


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2014 was a huge year for Hipo. We launched quite a few acclaimed products, grew to include Android and QA teams, and challenged ourselves with new, innovative technologies. As we head into 2015, we wanted to take a look back at the past year and share with you our insights and excitement for the constantly evolving landscape of technology and product design.

App Store is dead, long live the App Store

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