Tags: ‘HTML5’

Top 4 Reasons Native Apps Suck

Why is it that in this modern day and age, everything about apps is frustrating? We use these little icons which cover our phones hundreds of times a day. Yet so many negative user experience and complaint forums exist, picking the top four was honestly very difficult. But without further ado, here are the Top Four […] Read more

The Redshirt Challenge: Can You Survive Star Trek?

Red-shirted crew members on the original Star Trek series died at such a frightening rate that “redshirt” has become slang for “phaser fodder.” We got a bit obsessed with collecting data on the different ways they died. And we collected other data too – such as the fate of The Most Interesting Man in the […] Read more

Purpose, Pineapples, and Mako at HOW Design Live 2015

HOW Design Live last week was a whirlwind. It’s an amazing conference – over 4,000 designers descended on an unsuspecting City of Chicago to spend a week sharing ideas, inspiration, and passion. You might expect the time to be spent sharing tips, tricks, and tools. Sure, there was a quite a bit of that…but every […] Read more

May, 11, 2015



Animation for the Modern Web

Mako is our HTML5 design & animation software for artists and designers. Today we’re going to give you a sneak peek into how Mako’s animation software is shaping up. If you’ve created a presentation in Lumo, you’ve already had a brief experience with the animation software that powers Mako. In Mako, we’re giving you much, […] Read more

Pivot vs Adapt vs Oops

I started my first company when I was 15 years old. It was a State of Washington partnership called Residential Gutter Cleaning Service. I formed a partnership because I didn’t understand all the items required to form a corporation (bylaws, articles, etc.) and was too impatient to learn. There were gutters to clean, money to […] Read more


Company Culture

I debated writing this post for a few days because so much has been written about company culture. Ultimately, I decided to write this because we are constantly recruiting and people considering joining sonarDesign might enjoy learning more about the culture we are trying to shape. Back in 2000, I co-founded a company in the […] Read more

Apr, 14, 2014



Why are we creating Sonar?

I’m constantly meeting new people. The first thing they ask me is “What do you do?” I usually say something like, “I’m at a startup that is making it easy to create and share web apps with anyone on any device with a modern browser.” At this point his/her brow furrows a bit and they […] Read more

The Web is 25 Years Old Today

This month the web turns 25 years old. TechCrunch asked a number of people to describe the first time they experienced the web and our CEO, Jerry Bowerman’s, was one of the descriptions included. Take a look.

Mar, 12, 2014