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Nick Jonas and Francis Villanueva are both creative developers living and working in New York City. Nick is the Co-Founder of Modern Assembly, and Francis is the lead developer at Modern Assembly for the Unicef Tap Project. They enjoy creative & challenging problems that change the way we think about and use technology.

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Building The Web App For Unicef’s Tap Campaign: A Case Study

Since a smartphone landed in almost everyone’s pocket, developers have been faced with the question of whether to go with a mobile website or a native app. Native applications offer the smoothest and most feature-rich user experience in almost every case. They have direct access to the GPU, making layer compositions and pixel movements buttery-smooth.


Native applications also provide native UI frameworks that end users are familiar with, and they take care of the low-level aspects of UI development that developers don’t have time to deal with. When eschewing an app in favor of a mobile website, developers often sacrifice user experience, deep native integration and a complex UI in favor of SEO and accessibility.


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