Ash Furrow

Exploring the Pain Points of iOS

First Art Auction

Last night I experienced my first ever art auction, which was even more exciting because it was the first time I ever got to see real users using the auction kiosk app I’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s a very magical experience to see someone browsing artworks, see one they like, place a bid, and swipe their credit card all with software that I worked on. Very cool.


Lessons Learned Travelling Europe

Almost a year ago, my wife and I decided to move from Toronto to Amsterdam. Why? I can’t really remember anymore, but when people ask me I tell them we moved because we wanted to see more of the world and have an adventure.

Well, we certainly have seen more of the world and we certainly have had an adventure.


Eidolon Retrospective

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new iOS app for Artsy, codenamed “Eidolon”. I think it’s cool for a couple of reasons: it’s open source, it’s in Swift, and it uses ReactiveCocoa. Now that our team had some time to sit down and reflect on our experience developing it,


Reflections on Minsk

A few months ago, Yana Poteeva emailed me about a prospective speaking opportunity in Minsk, Belarus. I was already planning to visit Moscow a few weeks prior to the Minsk conference date, so this would be a second trip to a Russian-speaking country in as many weeks, but I thought it would still be really cool to visit Minsk. I had heard of the city, but knew almost nothing about it. And the whole reason I moved to Europe was to gain exposure to other cultures – Minsk sounded totally different from anything I had seen before.


Teaching & Learning

I just gave a well-received talk at the Mobile Developer & Business Day about teaching and learning here in Minsk. There were some great questions and interesting conversations following the presentation.


Language in Everyday Life

We need to talk about language. Certainly, in our industry, but also in our society.


ReactiveCocoa with Swift

I just finished giving a presentation at MBLTDev, a conference in Moscow about mobile app development. The audience seemed receptive to the message and I got some interesting questions afterward.


Fresh Coat of Paint

A few months ago, I felt something change. I remember it precisely: I asked a friend for advice designing a portfolio section of my website, and I couldn’t implement his suggestions. This wasn’t the first time that tools have limited my ability to express my ideas on the web, but it was a catalyst for what you see today: a brand new website.


100 Years Ago

So obviously I’m kind of into photography (a friend used to say I’m obsessed, but now I’ve gotten him into it, too). I love photography. I love reading about it. I love doing it. I love thinking about it. Every aspect of making a photo, from conception to capture to constitution.


Price of Film

If your electricity bill increased, would you pay it? Probably. I mean, most people would. The increase in price wouldn’t spark a decision about whether or not you should continue to have a electric connection at home. It is just a fact of contemporary life.

When I first tried film photography, it was a way to explore the medium. When I made the switch to primarily shoot analogue photography, it wasn’t really a decision I made as much as it was the direction of the course I was on. There wasn’t much I could do to affect it.