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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.


Austin Humane Society

With over 3,000 pets placed a year, it’s safe to say that the Austin Humane Society’s dog-and-cat operation has given thousands of new best friends over the years. They receive an astonishing 32,000 visitors each year while more than 600 volunteers work tirelessly to find good pet homes, educate the community and raise money for the organization. But austinhumanesociety.org did not reflect the shelter’s whimsical tenants or provide the high-level functionality needed to engage users and establish a digital presence. And while AHS excelled at animal placement and man power, they lacked the interactive stature to reach adopters online.

Audiotoniq

With over 36 million Americans experiencing some degree of hearing loss every year, it’s surprising that the hearing aid industry isn’t congested with more products. Plagued by limited availability and high prices, the hearing aid industry once offered little hope to those who suffer from all four degrees of hearing loss. In 2009, a group of engineers and entrepreneurs in Austin decided to fight back with an unconventional and advanced hearing option that could drastically improve the quality of consumers’ every day lives. Audiotoniq was born, and all they needed was a website. [] Say what now? Audiotoniq wanted a website that would identify their organization and create a strong community through user engagement. Pixeldust got to work designing and developing a clean, Drupal based interactive website that would establish Audiotoniq, emphasize user involvement, and provide precise and accurate information on hearing loss in America. Audiotoniq wanted their website to…

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SureScore

Pixeldust implemented a thorough redesign to revitalize the existing SureScore website. Pixeldust designed and developed a fresh user interface, updated all graphics, incorporated video and Flash, and installed a WordPress Content Management System to provide an educational, interactive experience.

Cielo Wind Power

Pixeldust completed a comprehensive redesign of the existing Cielo Wind Power site, including a look and feel overhaul, content management implementation, copywriting, and video editing and implementation. Pixeldust designed and developed an easy-to-use WordPress-based site to allow for regular photo and content updates. Cielo’s new earthy look and feel ultimately accentuates their sustainable and environmentally-conscious approach to energy production.

Sunlight Photonics

Pixeldust designed and developed a Flash-based site to convey Sunlight’s prestigious nature and innovative vision. Sunlight Photonics is a venture-backed company focused on developing low cost, high efficiency renewable energy sources based on solar power. Led by a team of highly experienced world-class scientists, Sunlight is on the fast-track to soon become the international leader in clean energy solutions.

Gatti’s Pizza

Pixeldust put a lot of digital mojo into gattisjingle.com. Utilizing a musician’s flyer feel, we designed and developed a clean microsite that would ultimately serve as a bridge for the 40th anniversary, remind Austinites that Gatti’s started in Austin, and generate excitement and interest among new and existing customers. And they wanted to conquer social media.

State Farm Insurance and Steve Harvey

Pixeldust worked with Sanders/Wingo to concept and build three interactive pieces for them to present to State Farm.  Pixeldust created the concepts and wrote the scripts for the three pieces, including an animated Flash movie, a Flash-based screen saver and a cartoon. All featured comedian Steve Harvey.  Pixeldust developed the creative and Flash production for the pieces. With offices in El Paso and Austin, Sanders/Wingo provides multicultural advertising and public relations services using emerging technologies and marketing platforms. State Farm Insurance offers coverage for auto, life, home, health, and more all over the United States

Mariposas Spanish School

Mariposas is a hands-on, thematically organized program that allows children ages 3-8 to learn Spanish through music, literature, games, visual aids, sign language, art and beyond. The program runs from September through May with a summer camp in June. Pixeldust updated the interface and converted the site from static flash to data-driven based on Text Pattern (a PHP/MySQL-based Drupal CMS) with flash embedded.

Webs of Power

Pixeldust worked with Greenleaf Book Group to design and develop a Flash site that correlated with the launch of Webs of Power. We also installed a content management system for regular content updates.

Artifacts of Existence

Artifacts of Existence is a collection of work by David Brown featuring a non-fiction novel, screenplay and ‘inside Hollywood’ documentary. Pixeldust designed and developed an earthy site that would help him release his work on the web. The site also features free downloads of work from local artists.

Whataburger

Pixeldust worked with McGarrah Jessee an Austin based advertising agency, to develop a series of interactive banner advertisements for the Whataburger. In the midst of a new product launch, Whataburger wanted to make sure their new campaign was both eye catching and reinfored their brand while conveying their menu’s new direction.

Toshiba

Pixeldust worked with The nFusion Group to create an animated hero piece for their client Toshiba. Pixeldust employed Flash technology and a little imagination to bring the piece to life. Pixeldust has also built numerous rich media based banner ads for Toshiba’s many interactive campaigns.

Mattress Pro

Pixeldust’s challenge was to build an elegant and scalable site giving Mattress Pro an equal presence to Sealy and other large mattress manufacturers. Pixeldust designed a brand-new identity and sleek interface that incorporated Flash and a content management system. The overall result proved to be a huge success: the website played a big role in Mattress Pro’s successful merger negotiations with Mattress Firm.

Drupal 7 Helps Scott & White Get Ready for the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Pixeldust Interactive is proud to announce the launch of the fully ACA-compliant Scott & White Health Plan website (SWHP.org). This nine-month website development project  was designed to provide Scott & White, a major Texas-based health insurance provider, with a user-friendly, multi-function website to comply with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act mandating access to the newly-created health insurance marketplace.

Abrams Learning Trends and Drupal Commerce

To address its commerce needs, Pixeldust helped Abrams develop a product hierarchy that added logical structure to their heretofore sprawling product groupings. This reproducible hierarchy made it possible to import over 1200 products into Commerce with the structure intact. No easy task. In the course of this project, Pixeldust developed two custom modules that will be contributed to the Drupal community. Pixeldust used Foundation as the framework on which to build a responsive theme. This project marks our first partnering with Pantheon Hosting. Pantheon is a Drupal specific hosting platform with amazing development and performance benefits.  Abrams Learning Trends  is an Austin, TX based innovative publisher of high quality Pre-K–5 supplemental educational materials in literacy, phonics, math, science, health & safety, and more. Visit www.abramslearnigntrends.com

My Fit Foods

With more than one third of adults overweight in the US, it’s easy to see why the weight loss industry is booming. And while many diet food companies claim to offer healthy food that tastes great, most customers are usually left feeling unsatisfied, disconnected and reaching the end of a Doritos bag. But My Fit Foods has taken a different approach. Founded in the apartment kitchen of personal trainer Mario Mendez in 2006, My Fit Foods offers healthy pre-packaged meals for customers who lead busy lifestyles in over 30+ stores throughout Texas, Arizona and California. My Fit Foods also gives back to their surrounding communities by organizing weekly group runs, movie nights and philanthropic marathons. But myfitfoods.com did not reflect the company’s easy-going nature or provide the high-level functionality needed to engage users and showcase the menu. And while MFF had mastered tasty food and community spirit, they lacked the…

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Texas State Teachers Association

For more than 130 years, the Texas State Teachers Association has been working to empower public education. Their estimated 3.2 million members have worked continuously to protect public education employees, cultivate student knowledge and improve the future of public education in Texas. Over the years, the TSTA has been instrumental in a number of legislative measures such as child labor laws, mandatory schooling, civil rights, statewide teacher salaries, the Teacher Retirement system and more. But, at over 10 years old, the tsta.org site no longer reflected TSTA’s legislative stature or conveyed a strong interactive presence. And while educational reform was quickly becoming a hot-bed issue in the legislature, the TSTA needed a tool to help them revitalize their look and dominate the educational stratosphere.

Cactus Cafe

For more than 30 years, the Cactus Cafe has been the soul of live acoustic music in Austin. A local gem in a sea of music tranquility, Cactus Cafe provides a unique, intimate experience that both artists and audiences are unlikely to find anywhere else. It’s a rare place that showcases music in the way that every true fan hopes to experience their favorite artist: live, up close and personal. It’s a place where audiences can savor the music they love. But cactuscafe.org did not provide any information about the venue or give customers any indication of the awesomeness they were about to experience. And while Cactus Cafe’s word-of mouth reputation has reached every corner of Austin, they lacked the ability to connect with artists and customers online.

Texas State University

With nearly $300 billion in donations in 2010, it’s easy to measure the success of higher education donation campaigns. After all, substantial education donations often aid colleges in numerous areas, whether it be a scientific breakthrough or an improvement to a student’s general way of life. And Texas State University-San Marcos was no different. But their Pride in Action Campaign website was in need of a little sprucing up.

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