Category Archive for: product

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.

Sun Microsystems Selects Pixeldust to Design New Product Icons

Pixeldust is pleased to announce that we will design product icons for Sun Microsystems’ new XVM server software line. The icons are set to make their debut by the end of September.

Why Do You Use Frameworks?

Nicole Sullivan asked. People said: 🐦… for the same reason that I buy ingredients rather than growing/raising all of my own food. 🐦 I write too many bugs without them. 🐦 Avoiding bikeshedding. 🐦 … to solve problems that are adjacent to, but distinct from, the problem I’m trying to solve at hand. 🐦 Because to create the same functionality would require a much larger team 🐦 I want to be able to focus on building the product rather than the tools. 🐦 it’s easier to pick a framework and point to docs than teach and document your own solution. 🐦 faster development 🐦 They have typically solved the problems and in a better way than my first version or even fifth version will be. There are tons more replies. Jeremy notes “exactly zero mention end users.” I said: Sometimes I just wanna be told what to do. Nicole stubbed…

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Pinterest Introduces New Product Pins and Shopping Recommendations by @MattGSouthern

Pinterest is making hundreds of millions of pins more shoppable with links that go directly to the retailer’s product page.The post Pinterest Introduces New Product Pins and Shopping Recommendations by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Hey! Chris here, with a big thanks to WordPress, for not just their sponsorship here the last few months, but for being a great product for so many sites I’ve worked on over the years. I’ve been a web designer and developer for the better part of two decades, and it’s been a great career for me. I’m all about learning. The more you know, the more you’re capable of doing and the more doors open for you, so to speak, for getting things done as a web worker. And yet it’s a dance. Just because you know how to do particular things doesn’t mean that you always should. Part of this job is knowing what you should do yourself and what you should outsource or rely on for a trustworthy service. With that in mind, I think if you can build a site with, you should build your…

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Mentor Questions for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

This thread is pretty good: Very good questions! Where are you at right now with your business? What work have you done? What roadblocks are you facing? Can you summarize the above answer in 1-2 sentences? Now imagine you’re doing this for a friend you really admire and believe in. Can you make those 1-2 sentences more confident while still being truthful? Let’s imagine that you’re unable to make money off your business. How much money do you have in months before you run out and can’t support yourself or the business anymore? This is called your “runway,” the monthly amount is your “burn rate.” If your runway’s low, what will you do to get short term cash? How can you most align that plan with the long term business plan— ie working toward it with paid work, having enough free time? It’s okay if getting a full time job…

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Prix Avira : découvrez la grille tarifaire complète du fournisseur

A une époque où les attaques informatiques viennent de partout, posséder un antivirus n’est pas un luxe. Parmi les antivirus les plus recommandés, Avira occupe une place de choix. Seulement, ce n’est pas évident que vous puissiez tirer le maximum de ses fonctionnalités en utilisant la version gratuite. Pour ceux qui souhaitent acheter la version complète, voici les prix Avira. Résumé de notre article[wpsm_toplist h2] Pourquoi opter pour Avira ? Ce n’est pas par hasard qu’Avira Antivirus Pro 2019 a été distingué Top Product par l’AV-TEST. Si la version gratuite de l’antivirus était déjà très performante, le logiciel payant atteint des niveaux de performance qui en font une des références dans la protection contre les logiciels malveillants. La mise à niveau de la version gratuite vers Avira Antivirus Pro se révèle très intéressante. Elle fournit une protection fiable pour la navigation, les e-mails et les téléchargements. Son scanner, en temps…

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Working in quality time instead of clock time

One of the things I love about our flexible work environment at Basecamp is the freedom to step away from something whenever I need to.Right now I’m exploring designs for a new product idea. R&D work like this depends on having good mental and emotional energy. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t.When you’re energetic and motivated, great things happen spontaneously, in unpredictable bursts of inspiration.But when you’re tired, distracted, or in the weeds on something, it’s usually better to stop working. Just admit (temporary) defeat and give yourself a chance to regroup. Do something else that’s less taxing, or call it quits and start again later.I always find this difficult to do, because the working world tells us that full-time employees should put in 8+ consecutive hours no matter what. So what if you’re frustrated, burned out, or not making much progress? Too bad, gotta punch the clock! Back to the grind!…

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From a world wide web to a personal web

Last week, I had a chance to meet with Inrupt, a startup founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Inrupt is based in Boston, so their team stopped by the Acquia office to talk about the new company. To learn more about Inrupt’s founding, I recommend reading Tim Berners-Lee’s blog or Inrupt’s CEO John Bruce’s announcement. Inrupt is on an important mission Inrupt’s mission is to give individuals control over their own data. Today, a handful of large platform companies (such as Facebook) control the media and flow of information for a majority of internet users. These companies have profited from centralizing the Open Web and lack transparent data privacy policies on top of that. Inrupt’s goal is not only to improve privacy and data ownership, but to take back power from these large platform companies. Inrupt will leverage Solid,…

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Golden Tickets

We started onboarding our first users to YEN and invited a very select group of folks with a few special tickets. Product-market fit is not just about the actual product itself… it’s about thinking through the entire end-to-end experience of interfacing with you, your team, your brand, and then your product (and then any post-product experience like help and support). Perfect product-market fit includes all of this and makes the entire experience worthy of customer’s attention and time – few startups and companies understand this real dynamic. The post Golden Tickets appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

The next big jump in Basecamp accessibility!

How we made the Basecamp 3 Jump Menu accessibleThe Basecamp 3 Jump MenuEarlier this year I wrote about How we stopped making excuses and started improving Basecamp’s accessibility. Accessibility improvements in Basecamp 3 have come in two ways: All new features we’ve shipped over the past year and a half have been designed and tested to meet WCAG AA guidelines (The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG, provides a shared standard that web developers can follow to make sure their products are accessible).At the same time, we’ve gone back and retrofitted existing features and interactions for better accessibility. Today I’m excited to announce that we just completed some significant improvements to the Basecamp 3 Jump Menu!The jump menu has always been the quickest way for getting to a person, project, recently visited page, and My assignments/bookmarks/schedule /drafts/latest activity. Here’s a look at it in action:Note the small-ish “Press ⌘+J to show the menu” labelIn…

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Bad Sign

I LOL’d: via Dilbert The reality is that most people and most software companies do not actually use the very product(s) that they build. And, if we are to be even more honest, if they do use them then they don’t actually love the experience. This gap is not a bad thing… except when you realize that most of this feedback never actually gets to the product design and product development team. It’s entirely okay to think that the product that your team makes isn’t very good or that it doesn’t quite fit one’s needs – the problem is that the team members keep these thoughts to themselves, perhaps because they are scared to voice their opinion in case of reprisal or because it’s just culturally unacceptable. Obviously forcing your staff to use the product is a bad idea and sign too. As a product builder myself, I don’t always…

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Contract, Money Thing

That was the title of the document that my 11-year old sent to me: “Contract / Money Thing”… Essentially, what my oldest has done is created a contract (her first attempt at creating anything like this) for her engagement with my company and advertising our product to her growing audience. It was too precious: My daughter is a very industrious person and I love that she’s a creator and builder like me; she’s going to have a wonderfully full and challenging life. The post Contract, Money Thing appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

The immeasurable value of customer friendly policies

A while back we bought a duvet cover from Brooklinen based on, of course, a glowing Wirecutter review. We’ve been happy with it (it’s super comfy!), but sometime in the last couple months the teeniest, tiniest of holes appeared in it.This wasn’t a big deal, but this tiny hole could eventually turn into a big gaping tear sometime in the future, so I wanted to get it fixed up. Thankfully, Brooklinen offers a lifetime warranty.I sent them an email with a few details, and with zero fuss we had brand new replacement duvet sent to us for free. And on top of that, they told me to just keep the torn one so I didn’t have the hassle of shipping it back.And with just that one small interaction, they’d secured me as a customer for life. The product is great, their service was outstanding, and the prices are fair (especially given how…

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Illustrating “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”

Take a look behind the scenes at the illustration process for Jason Fried and DHH’s new book, “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”.Back storyEvery essay in Jason and David’s previous titles, REWORK and REMOTE is accompanied by an illustration that captures the key message of the essay. Contract llustrator Mike Rohde’s iconic original art perfectly compliments the irreverent and contrarian tone of the books. We love the format and it has worked well for us but when it came time to design the new book, Jason was eager to try something new. He reached out to the Basecamp team for fresh ideas.Jason’s post in Basecamp from February 2018At the time the working title of the book was The Calm Company, which was less provocative but perfectly captured the kind of company we want to have here at Basecamp—the kind of company prescribed in the book. Jason had already asked our team…

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Thinking in Bets

About a month or so ago I wrote a post about Annie Duke and a podcast that I had listened to that had her as a guest; in short, it was so good that I immediately bought her new book, Thinking in Bets, and it really has changed my life, zero hyperbole. It’s been so good that I’ve told a dozen folks about it and the book ranks very high on my must-read list. It has not only changed the way that I think through decisions but it also has changed the very speech and psychological patterns that I’ve developed over many, many years. I don’t want to talk it up too much, but, I did want to capture a few things here on my blog that I want to be able to reference in the future – my blog often times functions as a repository of thoughts (both complete and mostly incomplete) but also…

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Basecamp is hiring a data analyst

Come work with us!Basecamp is hiring a data analyst to help us make better decisions in all areas of the business. This includes everything from running A/B tests with statistical rigor to forecasting revenue for the year to tracing performance problems to analyzing usage patterns.We’re looking for an experienced candidate who’s done similar work elsewhere (as you’ll be the only one at Basecamp with this specialty). But nobody hits the ground running. You won’t be able to answer every question immediately or know how all the systems work on day one — and we don’t expect you to.We want strong, diverse teams built from different backgrounds, experiences and identities. We’re ready for the ongoing work that goes into building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do the best work of your career. That starts with working no more than 40 hours a week on a regular basis and getting 8+ hours of sleep…

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Why Online Sales Letters are Dead—and What to Write for Clients Instead

Let me ask you something: If you went on a first date and, as soon as you sat down, your date asked you to marry them…would you do it? Of course not! You don’t know them! Okay, another question. This time, it’s still your first date, but your date makes you sit and talk with them for four hours—then they ask you to marry them. Still no? In the first scenario, it’s just too soon to make that kind of commitment! You don’t know them and you certainly aren’t ready to sign up for everything they entail. In the second scenario, you’d likely be overwhelmed by them making you chat for four hours. You’d know more about them, but it’s still too soon to make that commitment. A relationship needs to be nurtured. And, in the same way, a relationship between a company and possible customer needs to be nurtured.…

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How You’re Being Manipulated By Software

The Book of Life (1898)(And what you can do about it)There’s a term we use in software design called the happy path. It describes a best-case scenario, in which customers use a product exactly as intended, without bumping into any edge cases or uncommon problems. This includes the interface you see when you sign up, setup steps you have to complete, and so on.For software designers, a happy path is also an extremely powerful psychological tool that allows us to control people’s behavior and direct them to do whatever we want.If that sounds surprising—and slightly terrifying—think about how many times you’ve blown past a lengthy software license agreement and clicked the Agree button without looking.Were you thinking deeply about what you were doing?Probably not. And you’re not alone! Research shows that humans have a natural aversion to decision making. As Smashing Magazine describes it, people simply don’t like to make choices unless they have to:Making an explicit…

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20 Years Designing the Same Game

There’s something beautiful about spending this much time working on the same product: The level of intimacy that one has with the product (and the customers) is impossible to fully understand, calculate, or even appreciate. In startup world, this is very, very rare. But, so are the results. The post 20 Years Designing the Same Game appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

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