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Thunderbird Starts Working on Improving Its Interface—Take Part In the Survey

Our latest post on the Thunderbird redesign drew a lot of buzz from industry press. Some people loved the new, modern look, others preferred Thunderbird’s current default version. As a result, the mockups stirred some lively conversation on social media sites like Reddit and few other places on the Web, including OMGUbuntu, Antyweb or the Thunderbird Twitter.

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Rules To Go By, If You Want To Become A Product Designer*

*In a medium sized software house in Wrocław, we’re currently looking for a new team member who knows how to design applications, network management tools, procurement or social platforms, and such. For those who don’t know, that means Digital Product Designer. If you want to know what qualities and skills you need to start working on such position (not only in Monterail), read on.

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What Design Really Is? An Introduction

Many years ago I attended an architecture conference with my father (an architect and college professor) and he told me something interesting. We were leaving after hearing a presentation on “ecological architecture” and its advantages over “ordinary” architecture, and because I saw my father visibly wincing throughout the lecture, I asked him what upset him so much. He told me that he didn’t understand this “all eco-everything” hype and back in his day something was either good or bad. That if you took all the important aspects into consideration and did things right, then it was just “good design.” Nothing less, nothing more. No fancy names for processes or frameworks. Just you, your knowledge, experience, and attitude.

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How to visualize complex, real-time IoT data: Design and UX principles

You may already know from our blog and this post that here at Monterail, we have our own Internet of Things R&D team, which I am happy to be a part of.

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What is a Service Jam and why should you attend one?

This was a busy year for service design. Our friends at BLStream organized “Basics of service design. UX#3”. A few months back there was a first Service design drinks event in Warsaw, organized by the guys from Service design Berlin (an event that took place in November). In October there was the Service Design Global Conference in Amsterdam and from what I’ve heard it was an event you cannot miss.

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IoT Healthcare App: Heartbeat detector using phone camera.

How it’s begun ?

A few months ago I bought a smartband. The main idea being prosaic - I wanted to receive notifications from a smartphone as well as have a good pedometer. A few weeks after the purchase, the same company came out with a new version of the device that included one great feature… a heartbeat detector.

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The power of email clients: why did we redesign Thunderbird?

Paweł Hawrylak

November 17, 2016 | Product Design

Update (16.01.17):

Our Thunderbird redesign drew a lot of buzz from industry press. Now we teamed up with Mozilla Thunderbird core team to think how we can upgrade current look and feel of the product. Maybe using the “Monterail” theme or its next version? You can read the continuity to the story in the newest article. 

Update (27.04.17):

We’re happy to let you know, that our Thunderbird redesign idea by Krystian Polański from our team is now a working theme and can be downloaded here. Thanks to everyone who supported the case and made this happen, especially to spymastermatt, who used our mockups and managed to recreate it really closely.

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Monterale Breweree: How we merge passion of brewing beer with IoT


There are people that like to drink beer.

Then, there are people that like to taste beer. People that can tell the difference between different kinds of water, hops, malts and yeasts. Perfectly balanced, those basic ingredients can form fabulous, unexpected flavour combinations.

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Front end + design = prototype magic. Advantages of blurring responsibilities

The topic of whether designers should or should not learn to code isn’t actually anything new. The pursuit of creating the web of tomorrow has led to the blurring of lines between front-end and back-end development where the front-end developer has started to become too general. Ever since the popularisation of the AngularJS framework, JavaScript’s browser-side responsibility has grown furiously. Right now we have so many different and powerful frameworks that it’s hard to pick which one to learn next; we have React, Blaze (for Meteor), Ember.js, Aurelia, and Angular 2.0 waiting just around the corner, just to name a few. And don't forget Vue.js, which is actually my personal pick of the year.

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4 Things I've Learned as a Product Designer so Far

For a while now, I’ve been one of Monterail’s product designers.

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