Posts Tagged:Austin

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.

Gatti’s Jingle Campaign Microsite Launches

Pixeldust and Nice Monster launched a microsite for Gatti’s web-based jingle contest. Gatti’s, a rapidly-expanding, long-time Texas pizza chain, is looking to update their current jingle with a public music contest. Pixeldust and Nice Monster built the web application for users and musicians to upload their music and videos for the contest. Submissions will be judged by regular users and a panel of Gatti’s judges. The winning jingle will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and media exposure, and be featured in Gatti’s end-of-contest concert.

Cielo Wind Power Launches

Pixeldust has announced the launch of the newly refreshed Cielo Wind Power website. Having built the original site over 10 years ago, Pixeldust was pleased with Cielo’s emphatic response regarding the site’s performance and aesthetics over the years. For Cielo Wind Power version 2.0, Pixeldust performed a complete overhaul by updating the interface, incorporating video and creating image galleries to accentuate Cielo’s growth over time. Pixeldust designed and developed a fresh, earthy look and feel to capture the heart of Cielo’s environmentally-friendly appeal.

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

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.

Maggiano’s Italian Harvest Rich Media Campaign Launches

Pixeldust has launched Maggiano’s Italian Harvest rich media video banner campaign. Maggiano’s is an Italian Restaurant chain owned by Brinker International Restaurants. The campaign is published by Eyeblaster, an online banner ad publisher, and will run through the end of the year.


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.


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.

Pixeldust one of ABJ 2009 Top Web Designers

Pixeldust Interactive was listed in the Austin Business Journal’s annual list of top Drupal Web Design firms in Austin for the third year in a row. This year Pixeldust moved up from number 18 to number 12. The list is determined by a number of factors including gross revenue, clients and number of local employees.

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.

A Developers Guide to Acquia Engage 2018

Acquia Engage 2018, which takes place November 7-9 in Austin, Texas, is a sprawling event, broadly focused on what organizations need to know to stay ahead of fast-moving trends in the digital experience world. The Acquia Engage conference was started four years ago to connect Acquia customers, partners, prospects and team members in the spirit of learning and collaboration. It’s been a big success, helping professionals work together to address growing digital challenges, share knowledge and insights, and better serve customers. Naturally, this mission includes a lot of valuable content for developers. So let’s get specific, here in the Acquia Developer Center, in case you are a developer, and considering a trip to Austin for this year’s edition of Engage. Customer Stories This has always been a core offering at Engage: digital leaders taking the stage to share their insights, revelations, and lessons learned working with Acquia in the never-ending…

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Level up your .filter game

.filter is a built-in array iteration method that accepts a predicate which is called against each of its values, and returns a subset of all values that return a truthy value. That is a lot to unpack in one statement! Let’s take a look at that statement piece-by-piece. “Built-in” simply means that it is part of the language—you don’t need to add any libraries to get access to this functionality. “Iteration methods” accept a function that are run against each item of the array. Both .map and .reduce are other examples of iteration methods. A “predicate” is a function that returns a boolean. A “truthy value” is any value that evaluates to true when coerced to a boolean. Almost all values are truthy, with the exceptions of: undefined, null, false, 0, NaN, or “” (empty string). To see .filter in action, let’s take a look at this array of restaurants.…

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Experience Express in Austin: Decentralizing the Web at SXSW Interactive

With its flurry of sessions, events, concerts, and exhibitors, it’s a wonder anyone gets any sleep at SXSW, the giant gathering of minds, auteurs, and performers in the capital of Texas. Here in Austin, there’s always a sense that everyone is on the verge of the next big discovery, whether that’s the hottest new cryptocurrency or the finest taco purveyor. During my second year attending SXSW Interactive, I managed to catch a few fascinating sessions that consistently dwelled on the liminal areas of virtual and augmented reality, blockchain technology, and the decentralized web. This year, with the majority of attendees eager for never-before-seen insights, panelists and presenters did not disappoint. The Experience Express made a stop here in Austin for a few days to showcase a few of the sessions that came on Pi Day and to highlight one hot topic — the decentralized web. In this column, we’re in…

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Decoupling Drupal 8 Core: Web Services in Core and the Serialization Module

If you have decided to decouple Drupal, after conducting due diligence with regard to assessing the risks and rewards of decoupling Drupal and understanding how best to decouple Drupal in 2018, it is essential to understand how web services in Drupal 8 core and their dependencies undergird all decoupled Drupal architectures, regardless of the application you are implementing. In this Experience Express column, we’ll explore the process of decoupling Drupal through the lens of core modules in Drupal 8. In Drupal 8 core, four key modules, when enabled, collectively facilitate the provisioning of RESTful APIs out of the box: HAL, Serialization, REST, and Basic Authentication. Some of these modules provide foundations that underpin important contributed modules also useful for Drupal such as JSON API, RELAXed Web Services, and GraphQL. For instance, while the JSON API contributed module depends on Serialization, it does not depend on REST. After examining these modules,…

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Experience Express in Chicago: Inclusion and Drupal 8 in the Spotlight at MidCamp

Every time I leave the Windy City, I feel something pulling me back. This time, it wasn’t the gusts that whip around the skyscrapers towering over Lake Shore Drive. Instead, it was the renewed excitement I could feel in the air on the heels of last Wednesday’s release of Drupal 8.5, and the mood at MidCamp, held at the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University, was celebratory and animated. This impeccably organized Midwestern Drupal conference attracts attendees from all over the country, and all were here to learn about Drupal 8. It’s easy to see why. MidCamp’s eclectic lineup of sessions and trainings spanned all levels of experience with Drupal and straddled a surprising range of topics, including Drupal for site builders, theming in Twig, writing RFPs, technical leadership, and diversity and inclusion. In this Experience Express column, we’re stopping in Chicago to see just what all the enthusiasm is…

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Talks, Thoughts, and Texas: Viget at SxSw 2018

While Olympics highlights and Valentine’s day memories are fresh in our minds, I’m here to ease you into the impending month of March. Not for the basketball madness, or St. Patrick’s day traditions — but for the tech tradition of SXSW and next week’s festivities. And in what will be our third consecutive year with multiple talks, we’ll be sending our own small crew to Texas — including some fresh faces — for the knowledge, for the sharing, and for the free things they hand you while walking around. In addition to our two workshops, here are a few talks, and thoughts on SXSW 2018: Thought: “I think the implications of AI are growing and being discovered at, or behind the pace of, AI tech which makes it an increasingly interesting, albeit a little scary at times, technology to learn about and work with.” – Ian Brennan, Viget Developer Talk: Regulating AI:…

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Junior Back-end Developer – Feniex Industries Inc – Austin, TX

Working knowledge of CMS framework such as Drupal, WordPress, Yii, etc. This is an in house position for a junior or senior back-end developer…. $50,000 – $65,000 a yearFrom Indeed – Tue, 03 Oct 2017 23:55:53 GMT – View all Austin, TX jobs Source:

Junior Backend Web Developer – Feniex Industries Inc – Austin, TX

Working knowledge of CMS framework such as Drupal, WordPress, Yii, etc. Open source CMS platforms such as Drupal or WordPress are fine to use where appropriate…. $50,000 – $65,000 a yearFrom Indeed – Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:48:43 GMT – View all Austin, TX jobs Source:

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