Category Archive for: Spotify

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.

If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Fix It

Illustration by Nate OttoBen and Larry are longtime owners of two different music-related businesses, a payroll service for musicians and an auctioneer of rare classical LPs. They don’t know each other, but they have something in common: They’re both still running their businesses on custom software written in the 1980s by the same developer. This episode features the soothing, nostalgic hum of a dot matrix printer, variations on “Three Blind Mice,” and more! Do you remember your first computer? Ben does. He got his first computer in 1986, when he hired a programmer to write some custom software for his business.BEN: I was frightened beyond reason and little by little, I got the hang of it. Those computers at that time were just old DOS machines.TROY HENIKOFF: It was a Compaq desktop, and the reason it was a Compaq was because the IBM PC ran at 4.77 megaherz, but the Compaq ran…

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How to launch software changes without pissing people off

Go the extra mile to avoid interruptions and protect your customers’ time.Software designers and developers are all about NEW. We like to experiment with far-out ideas and make shiny things. Our livelihood depends on it.We’re so addicted to NEW that sometimes it clouds our judgment. We love NEW and everyone else should too, so we force heavy-handed product changes onto our customers without much explanation.And if they didn’t want that? Or if they got needlessly interrupted by it?…Shhh…we’re not so interested in those problems.Dislike Facebook’s redesign? Deal with it! Confused by the newest Windows updates? Oh well! Missing some features in the new Final Cut? Too bad, they’re gone forever!It’s no surprise that these sorts of changes are comically unpopular:body[data-twttr-rendered=”true”] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;}Cineworld have changed their app and I feel hurt and betrayed x — @FuellAlexfunction notifyResize(height) {height = height ? height : document.documentElement.offsetHeight; var resized = false; if (window.donkey && donkey.resize)…

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How To Create Your Own URL Scheme

A URL Scheme is like “http://…” or “ftp://…”. Those seem like a very low-level concept that you don’t have much control over, but actually, you do! What sounds like an exotic topic is not so exotic at all: we are constantly using different URL Schemes, on any given day. For example when we’re clicking a link to an iPhone app that launches the AppStore. Or when a friend sends us a link to a playlist and it opens in the Spotify desktop app. In the following short tutorial, we’ll look at how custom URL schemes work on macOS and iOS. URL Schemes and Document Types Any macOS or iOS application can register itself as a handler for any URL scheme (like “http” or “https”) or document type (like “txt” files). Apart from those classics, however, an app can also register its own, custom URL scheme or document format. If an…

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Best Ways To Use Duotone Images In Your Next Web Design Project

Music streaming service Spotify may have delivered its goods during its 2015 campaign Year in the Music, but they unleashed a new design trend that has become one of the most sought-after visual treats in websites. I’m talking about duotone images. Recent ad campaigns by Adidas and Mailchimp have also used duotones, which has gained traction in the web design industry. What is Duotone? Duotone images are visual static media made up of two colors. These images use two shades of similar color, or black and another tint. This is not an entirely new concept, really – in fact, this visual style was already being used in the print industry. Using an image editor such as Adobe Photoshop and a two-color gradient tool such as colofilter.css can help create a duotone effect. When used on websites, duotone images provide a modern feel and an edge against the competition. By pairing…

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