Happy New Year, but what does it mean?

January 1st, 2011
by Heavy Robot

Happy New Year from Heavy Robot.  2010 was a great year, full of double rainbows, but what does 2011 have in store for us? Well, let's break down the things we are excited about for 2011.


  • Old Clients - We've been lucky to get to work with a bunch of awesome clients throughout the previous year, and I know plans are in the works already with many of them for new and exciting projects. I can't wait to see what we'll get to help them with next.
  • New Clients - A new year that has yet to occur holds so much potential, like new people that we may get to work with. It's always exciting to expand the group of individuals that we get to work with. It often times means we get to try new technologies, or come at old problems from a new perspective. Can't wait to see what the year holds by way of new clients!
  • Hardware - 2010 saw a much increased growth in Android devices (competition is good), the beginnings of the new era of tablets, as well as Internet enabled TVs. 2011 will likely see these devices continue to mature and become even more prevalent. With these devices becoming more entrenched in consumer culture, we'll likely be seeing a lot more content created to take advantage of these trends. Whether we make some of these experiences for clients, or for our own side projects, I'm excited to go further into these spaces.
  • HTML 5 Tools - Another big trend that reared it's head and gathered quite a bit of momentum was HTML 5 and it's related technologies. 2011 will likely see a lot of tools that have been in the works become available that will allow for practical work flow options for client projects (aka make them a bit more cost effective to create in a timely manner).
  • Adobe Platforms - Any new advances in the Adobe Creative Suite and related platforms (Flash Player, etc.). Adobe is always pushing their technologies forward, and I'm certain we'll see some new and exciting aspects of their platforms this year.
  • The Unknown - Of course, there can be surprise hits, techs, etc and those are always exciting. In addition, inspiration may hit us and cause us to create something new that we have yet to think about. All fun to look forward to.


  • Drupal 7 - We've been playing with Drupal 7 since it was in was released about a year ago.  With the integration of great modules, like CCK, into the Drupal core, as well as a cleaner look and feel, this release should be a nice upgrade for both us and our clients.  Drupal 6 is a great CMS, but I am hoping that in a few months I will be wondering how I ever lived without Drupal 7.  Side note: can someone please update the Drupal 'drip' logo?  The Drupal website received a nice makeover, but that logo needs some help.
  • HTML 5 + CSS3 - I know these are available now, but I am excited to learn more about this combo of techs and start using them on a more regular basis.
  • Firefox 4 - I still have yet to hop on the Chrome bandwagon because there are a number of plugins for Firefox that I use quite regularly that don't seem to have a slick enough analogue on Chrome.  I recently tried out the latest Firefox beta on a Mac and I enjoyed the extra speed and more minimalistic interface.  Here's hoping my favorite plugins get updated for the next version.  And I am still hoping that Chrome has a good year - here's to them releasing Chrome v.20 before the year is out! ;)
  • Internet Explorer 9 - Yeah, I said it.  I am happy to see that Microsoft is joining the rest of the browser world in the future.  Plus, this means we can stop supporting IE7 soon too, right? [Self Editors note: Yeah, just like we stopped supporting IE6, too!]
  • More Awesome - Just when you think you have seen it all, something new comes out that blows your mind and makes you wonder how you ever got by without it (think Internet).  With all of the amazing tools and toys that came out in 2010, I can't begin to imagine what we will see in 2011.  I can't wait.

Look forward to 2011, and hope that it brings fantastic things to you and yours as well!

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