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/David Allen

About David Allen

I'm a mathematician, writer, graphic artist, trainer, and video producer who likes to ski, read, and climb rocks. http://davidsallen.com/about/

Headlong into the Precarious

We created CVS as a way to increase work site security through mobile technology. Because of this, we're not only interested in keeping up with happenings in the construction industry, but also in keeping up with the ever shifting trends on the technological horizon. Naturally, something like the recent Samsung Galaxy Note 7 crisis raises alarms for us. But, perhaps [...]

By |2018-10-21T19:57:35+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

One foot in the past

... but, to be fair, when we say "one foot in the past" we don't mean that far into the past. We often have people ask us about additional options for their CVS ID cards. While people immediately see the benefit of our credential management technology, they sometimes worry that they have to give up other ID card options in order [...]

By |2016-07-20T19:47:44+00:00July 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New design, same great product.

Perhaps you found this post directly. If so, and you haven't seen our home page recently, go have a look—it's completely new! →New CVS Home Page← We're excited about the new design. The layout is more simple and less distracting. We think that you may now get a better idea of what the CVS service is all about, more quickly. [...]

By |2018-10-21T19:57:36+00:00June 26th, 2016|New Content|0 Comments

Print Flyer

Recently, we had cause to design a new flyer advertising the Credential Verification Service. Designing such a print ad was not an easy task—how does one effectively convey the capabilities of the system while also illustrating how simple it is to use? Furthermore, no one wants to read too much text—what's a good balance between graphical content and text copy? [...]

By |2018-10-21T19:57:37+00:00June 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

EBay hopes 70-year-old tech will solve its problems.

... which is OK by us. We love fresh uses of old technology. Barcodes were originally developed in 1948. I’ll do the math for you—that’s 68 years ago! Yet, barcodes are still extremely useful. We work with companies of all sizes to find the best ways to use barcodes on their ID cards. So, naturally, we’re always interested to [...]

By |2016-03-06T20:26:12+00:00March 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You’re making my job more difficult.

... and it's a good thing. We're in the process of redeveloping the Credential Verification Service user interface (UI). While our current UI works great, we're constantly trying to make your job all the easier by streamlining how you interact with the service. I am the one who is charged with some of the initial ideas for the UI. So, [...]

By |2016-02-21T22:05:38+00:00February 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Example Card Design Gallery

We love technology—it is from this love that CVS was born. In our excitement for the cool functionality of the service, we did our best to include on our website examples of how it may be used, good documentation of our API, and fancy videos showing its utilitarian aspect. But, perhaps now its time to admit it—maybe we love [...]

By |2018-10-21T19:57:38+00:00January 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New CVS “How-To” Videos

At InstantCard, we understand that new technology, like CVS, can be a bit overwhelming.  For me, every time there is a new version of my graphic design or video software I hesitate a bit before hitting "download." While the idea of new software and functionality is exciting, the prospect of changing to a new system can be a little taxing.  [...]

By |2018-10-21T19:57:38+00:00July 6th, 2015|New Content|0 Comments

The New CVS Video

I recently started working with InstantCard to help launch their new Credential Verification Service.  I was (and still am) excited about this project for a number of reasons.  One reason is that it afforded me the chance to produce some video content--something which I really enjoy.  Another reason, and probably the most important one, is that I really think this [...]

By |2018-10-21T19:57:39+00:00June 13th, 2015|Musings|0 Comments