Archive for: March, 2018

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


LinkedIn Introduces Video Ads and Video for Company Pages by @MattGSouthern

LinkedIn has finally jumped on the video ad bandwagon with video for sponsored content. LinkedIn is also giving businesses the opportunity to add video to company pages. Video for sponsored content are ads that can be placed in the LinkedIn news feed as a standalone post. These video ads have a persistent call to action button, giving businesses the opportunity to capture leads at any point throughout the video. Video for sponsored content can be targeted by traits like job title, seniority, company name, industry, skills, and more. Performance can be measured through insights and breakdowns of the types who’s […]The post LinkedIn Introduces Video Ads and Video for Company Pages by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Google April Fools Joke: Find Waldo in Google Maps by @MattGSouthern

In celebration of April Fools Google has released a limited-time feature in Google Maps, available for the next week.The post Google April Fools Joke: Find Waldo in Google Maps by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Kiddos, March 2018

A few pics from this month: The post Kiddos, March 2018 appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Goo.gl Shutting Down – These are Your Options by @martinibuster

Google warned that Goo.gl users have one year to vacate. Offers options to help migrate away to new service.The post Goo.gl Shutting Down – These are Your Options by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

A DevTools for Designers

There has long been an unfortunate disconnect between visual design for the web and web design and development. We’re over here designing pictures of websites, not websites – so the sentiment goes. A.J. Kandy puts a point on all this. We’re seeing a proliferation of design tools these days, all with their own leaps forward. Yet… But, critically, the majority of them aren’t web-centric. None really integrate with a modern web development workflow, not without converters or plugins anyway; and their output is not websites, but clickable simulations of websites. Still, these prototypes are, inevitably, one-way artifacts that have to be first analyzed by developers, then recreated in code. That’s just a part of what A.J. has to say, so I’d encourage you to read the whole thing. Do y’all get Clearletter, the Clearleft newsletter? It’s a good one. They made some connections here to nearly a decade of similar…

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John Mueller Rebuts Idea that Google Uses Domain Authority Signal by @martinibuster

Google’s John Mueller reaffirms that Google does not have a domain authority metric or signal in use at Google.The post John Mueller Rebuts Idea that Google Uses Domain Authority Signal by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Tracking Uncertainty of Work

Ryan Singer writes about project and time management issues that I’ve been experiencing lately. He describes two states of every project: uncertainty and certainty, or “figuring things out” and “making it happen.” Ryan describes it like this: Work is like a hill with two sides. There’s an uphill phase of figuring out what to do and how to approach the problem. That’s the climb. After you reach the top, there aren’t anybody [sic] ruinous unknowns. You can see down to the other side and finish executing. It’s straightforward to estimate and finish the work from that point. As far as I see it, the hardest thing about the first half of every project is making sure that everyone on a team is communicating constantly as tiny design decisions can have enormous, cascading effects on an engineer. I think that’s something I’ve always struggled with since I just want to get…

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Perfectly Acceptable

I’ve been paring things back and removing a ton of wonderful distractions lately as I double-down and focus on the growing needs of my startup (I mentioned this yesterday). I say “wonderful” because they were, in fact, wonderful distractions that helped fuel a lot of creativity and even revenue. For instance, I closed down a massively successful blogging project that I had been working on for the past 3 years last week. The first post was published just over 3 years ago: 3 years and some change… In that time we published a ton of content… nearly 13,000 posts to be exact: That’s a lot of blog posts. I say “we” because my 11-year old and I had partnered on this project and it was revenue generating and allowed her to learn a host of skills – content and revenue generation, business building, and the fundamentals of work, which is nothing…

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Drupal Architect position is open

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Vue Design System

We talk a lot about Vue around here, including some practical applications of it, but haven’t gotten deep into designing for it. In this post, Viljami Salminen describes his Vue design process and the thinking that led him to build the Vue Design System:: A design system can help establish a common vocabulary between everyone in an organization and ease the collabo­ration between different disciplines. I’ve seen it go the other way around too when important decisions have been made in a rush. To avoid that, Vue Design System introduces the following framework for naming that I’ve found working well in the past… Viljami lists Design Principles, Tokens, Elements, Patterns, and Templates as the way in which he structures a system and I think it’s a pretty interesting approach and a parallel to Lucas Lemonnier’s post on creating design systems in Sketch, using Atomic Design as the structure. I particularly…

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Solved With CSS! Colorizing SVG Backgrounds

CSS is getting increasingly powerful, and with features like CSS grid and custom properties (also known as CSS variables), we’re seeing some really creative solutions emerging. The possibilities are still being explored on what CSS can do to make writing UI’s simpler, and that’s exciting! One of those is now one of my favorite CSS features: filters. Let’s look at how we can use filters to solve a problem you may have encountered when working with SVG as a background image on an element. CSS Filters First, let’s start by with an overview of filters. They include the following functions: blur() brightness() contrast() drop-shadow() grayscale() hue-rotate() invert() opacity() saturate() sepia() These effects can also be achieved with SVG filters or WebGL shaders, but CSS filters are the easiest way to implement basic transformations in the most browser-efficient manner. Because they are shortcuts of SVG filter effects, you can also use…

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How Travel Companies Can Adopt Micro-Moments for Better Content by @TaylorDanRW

By understanding travel-specific micro-moments, and the intent behind them, you can tailor your content to satisfy user intent.The post How Travel Companies Can Adopt Micro-Moments for Better Content by @TaylorDanRW appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Full Stack Web Developer position is open https://twitter.com/thirdandgrove

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Full Stack Web Developer position is open https://twitter.com/thirdandgrove

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Getting Real: A new YouTube channel from Basecamp

Click the image above to jump to our new YouTube Channel!For years people have been asking us how. How do you design things? How do you code things? Why do you do it this way vs. that way? How do you think about writing? How do you think about what makes it into a product and what does? How do you decide which features to build and which ones not to? How do you stay up on everything that’s going on in your business?We’ve written about these topics for years — and we’ll keep writing about them — but we want to bring some show to the tell. So we started a new YouTube Channel called Getting Real. To start, DHH and I will be posting occasional videos of actual day-to-day work. Down the road other people at Basecamp may join in.So far we have a dozen videos up. More are coming. Check out what we…

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Better Facebook Ad Copy = Better Sales + Better Cost 4 BetterBack [AdEspresso’s Formula for Success]

BetterBack is a company that appeared on the TV show Shark Tank and got an investment offer from Lori Greiner, and before that raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter. They were doing a great job on many fronts, except their Facebook ads were not profitable. Then they got in touch with AdEspresso Concierge service, and I Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

Focusing on Focus Styles

Not everyone uses a mouse to browse the internet. If you’re reading this post on a smartphone, this is obvious! What’s also worth pointing out is that there are other forms of input that people use to get things done. With these forms of input comes the need for focus styles. People People are complicated. We don’t necessarily perform the same behaviors consistently, nor do we always make decisions that make sense from an outsider’s perspective. Sometimes we even do something just to… do something. We get bored easily: tinkering, poking, and prodding things to customize them to better suit our needs, regardless of their original intent. People are also mortal. We can get sick and injured. Sometimes both at once. Sometimes it’s for a little while, sometimes it’s permanent. Regardless, it means that sometimes we’re unable to do things we want or need to do in the way we’re…

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Focusing on Focus Styles

Not everyone uses a mouse to browse the internet. If you’re reading this post on a smartphone, this is obvious! What’s also worth pointing out is that there are other forms of input that people use to get things done. With these forms of input comes the need for focus styles. People People are complicated. We don’t necessarily perform the same behaviors consistently, nor do we always make decisions that make sense from an outsider’s perspective. Sometimes we even do something just to… do something. We get bored easily: tinkering, poking, and prodding things to customize them to better suit our needs, regardless of their original intent. People are also mortal. We can get sick and injured. Sometimes both at once. Sometimes it’s for a little while, sometimes it’s permanent. Regardless, it means that sometimes we’re unable to do things we want or need to do in the way we’re…

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The revolutionary project management tool

(This is a sponsored post.)monday.com is a project management tool your team will actually enjoy using. It makes it fun and easy for everyone to collaborate, focus on what’s important, and get more done at work. It’s a visual project management tool that’ll help you and your team collaborate and achieve more together. With monday.com you can manage projects and tasks in a single board, move through the timeline visually and intuitively and communicate with your teammates in the context of each task. Plus, it connects with all the apps you already use and love like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Zapier. Start free trial. Direct Link to Article — PermalinkThe post The revolutionary project management tool appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

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