Posts Tagged:creative

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.

Someone Who Finishes

This is neat little tidbit of news (although it feels “big” for me, personally): Both MNML App and Desk App are featured in the Apps for Writers category in the Mac App Store. And, as far as I know, I believe I’m the only one to have two apps simultaneously featured in a perennial category like this: Apps for Writers! I haven’t done any serious research about that possible fact so I’m probably wayyyyyy off, but regardless I am very grateful and humbled that they would put both of my indie projects in an area that has some very nice visibility. But I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about a creative dilemma. I want to talk about starting and finishing. You see, both MNML and Desk were and have been serious labors of love, as they say. My brother asked me the other day what I thought the total amount…

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3 Perennial Principles for Every New Project or Startup (and How to Overcome Them)

I was chatting with my brother who’s gone through the full gamut recently of putting together a new project(s) and I shared with him earlier this morning these three powerful and omnipresent principles that always seem to happen, regardless of how experienced one might be in building new projects and/or companies. Even for myself and my new-ish project, Pinpoint, our team has experienced these things in spades! And, of course, I’ve experienced it countless times when putting together smaller indie projects and apps as well: It takes much, much longer than you originally anticipate to get things really moving. The number of iterations (and even more substantive pivots) required is more than you originally planned. What you end up ultimately executing against or shipping to market is oftentimes dramatically different than the original concept. Longer time, many more iterations, and a different product. This is like the canonical journey for any…

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Copywriting Q&A: Tough Interview Questions Copywriters Get

No job interview is easy, but interviews for creative positions like copywriting offer additional challenges—especially when it comes to the interview questions. In today’s post, we’ll go over a few of them, and talk about how to answer them well. Read on… Today’s question comes from Liz A., who asks, “I have an interview for a copywriting position coming up and I want the position so badly! Do you have any tips for how I can prep or any ideas for what they’ll ask me?” Obviously, interviews are bound to vary from company to company and interviewer to interviewer. But there are some questions and topics you should be prepared to discuss. And note that I say “prepared,” because these are questions you’ll want to think about beforehand. Also, the answers to these questions are important insights into your understanding of copywriting, your working style, and your skills. Even if…

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How Google Stole the Internet in 5 Simple Steps

It seems like a lifetime ago since Google emerged from Silicon Valley as a refreshing tech prospect branding the slogan: “Don’t Be Evil”. Now, in 2017, that heart-warming slogan is no more and Google is simply one element of its parent company Alphabet, which seems hell-bent on taking over the world. Progress is good, too. Alphabet is a global leader in artificial intelligence, life sciences and a range of technologies used by the military. The tech giant is quite literally everywhere and it’s on a mission to know everything about us and the world we live in, which makes for some scary aspirations when you think about it (omnipresence + omniscience + omnipotence = God). Alphabet’s global takeover started with Google, of course, which managed to pretty much steal the internet from under our feet in five simple steps. This is no exaggeration either. It’s already happened and, if you don’t realize it yet,…

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But He Persists

I love everything about this: Leo’s working hard to do something he’s never done before. He’s just turned one, and he doesn’t know how to walk (yet). There are no really useful books or videos on how to walk. It’s something he has to figure out on his own. But instead of waiting on the couch until the day he’s ready to proudly strut across the room, he’s there, on the floor, every day, trying it out. He’s already discovered a hundred ways that don’t work, and stumbled countless times. But he persists. I don’t know about you, but this is precisely the way I learned how to walk as well. In fact, it’s the way I learned how to do just about everything important. By doing it. Amen and amen. I think I’m at a place in my personal and professional development where I’m beginning to tackle new and…

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Web Designer/Front-End Themer – Princeton University – Princeton, NJ

Design creative, highly-usable and responsive CMS-driven websites (primarily in Drupal) Collaborate with customers;…From Princeton University – Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:07:05 GMT – View all Princeton, NJ jobs Source:

Why Are Cinemagraphs Trending in Web Design?

Do you still remember the time when animated GIFs were all the rage in websites? Although web design standards have drastically changed since then, the attraction potential of moving images cannot be denied. That’s why a lot of websites continue to use animation, and one awesome web design trend these days is the use of cinemagraphs. What are Cinemagraphs? Cinemagraphs have been making significant noise lately, and are being used across several websites and social media campaigns. A lot of companies have joined the bandwagon of integrating cinemagraphs into their website, such as Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Chanel, Netflix, and Wal-Mart, to name a few. In a nutshell, a cinemagraph is a still photo but with subtle movements being looped continuously. The technique was the brainchild of American photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who set out to animate photographs starting in 2011. By Johan Blomström, CC BY 2.0, Link Cinemagraphs hit…

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Kotlin makes me a happier (better) programmer

What’s Kotlin’s best feature? Creating programmer happiness.There’s been a lot of action around Kotlin lately. So one question you’ll often hear is “What’s your favorite Kotlin feature?”And while there are many wonderful things about the language, for me it isn’t about any single technical feature.My answer? It makes me happy.Writing code that’s concise, clear, and expressive makes me happy.Focusing on creative solutions to business problems — not fumbling with boilerplate and ceremony — makes me happy.Feeling an intense motivation to learn — something that was sorely missing in the Java days — makes me happy.And that’s super important. Because being happy isn’t just good for the soul. It’s great for your programming skills too.As DHH astutely pointed out many years ago in Getting Real:Would you truly be happy working in this environment eight hours a day? This is especially important for choosing a programming language.Happiness has a cascading effect. Happy programmers do the right thing. They write simple, readable code. They take clean, expressive,…

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Stay Away From These User Interface Design Mistakes

The importance of creating a functional site should not be ignored. No matter how the website is beautifully made, yet does not create interest in the site visitors, the website is doomed from the start. In other words, every aspect of the website must engage the visitor, and it all starts with great user interface design. The Importance of User Interface Design for Business Websites Web designers should always keep in mind to provide a functional site that can easily generate interest among the website visitors to create a steady traffic influx. The type of user interface design plays a significant role in driving in a high volume of web traffic. Therefore, carefully deciding which design to use should be of utmost concern. In this day and age, e-commerce has been enjoying a steady growth, raking in sales worth billions of dollars each year. This is the reason why a…

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Urban Outfitters: Director, E – Urban Outfitters – Urban, PA

Content Management System – Contentful, WordPress, Drupal, Magento or similar system. Collaborating with release managers, developers, marketers, creative, and…From Urban Outfitters Inc. – Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:37:24 GMT – View all Urban, PA jobs Source:

Fun with Viewport Units

Viewport units have been around for several years now, with near-perfect support in the major browsers, but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them. I thought it would be fun to review the basics, and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases. What are viewport units? Four new “viewport-relative” units appeared in the CSS specifications between 2011 and 2015, as part of the W3C’s CSS Values and Units Module Level 3. The new units – vw, vh, vmin, and vmax – work similarly to existing length units like px or em, but represent a percentage of the current browser viewport. Viewport Width (vw) – A percentage of the full viewport width. 10vw will resolve to 10% of the current viewport width, or 48px on a phone that is 480px wide. The difference between % and vw is most similar to the difference between em and rem. A…

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If you’re reading this, you probably don’t do hard work

Actual hard workDesigners, programmers, tech entrepreneurs, and investors love talking about how hard their work is.Let’s get real.Hard work is picking lettuce 8 hours a day in 90 degree heat.Hard work is being a single mother or father who has to work two minimum wage jobs back to back with nary a recuperative break all day.Hard work is heaving dirt and rock on a construction site. Or working with industrial equipment that could crush you if you make the wrong move.Rule of thumb: If it’s hard you’ll have trouble finding people who want to do it. There’s no shortage of people who want to be programmers, designers, strategists, social media consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, etc… But try finding people to work the farm. Hard work is doing the work other people don’t want to do.Coding, or designing, or writing pitch decks, or making sales calls, or preparing spreadsheets, or writing blog posts, or social media marketing, or buying…

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5 questions that reveal if a company has a healthy workplace culture

Everyone says, “It’s great working here.” But is it really?“How do you know if a company’s culture is good?”Last week, a friend who’s looking for a new job asked me this. She’d been doing a few interviews, and was trying to figure out what questions to ask during her interviews to discern if a potential employer’s workplace culture was healthy.In each interview, she’d ask a version of: “What’s it like to work here?”Without fail, the person on the other side of the table would tell her: “It’s great!”But is it really?How do you know if a company’s culture is what they say it is?Instead of asking “What’s it like to work here?” these five questions are what I recommended she ask at the end of her next interview…#1: When is the last time you had a 4-hour block of uninterrupted time?Our most productive, creative work happens when we have a large block of uninterrupted time. Yet how…

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Web Developer – 160over90 – Philadelphia, PA

Develop content management systems with WordPress and/or Drupal. Evaluate creative concepts and define development approaches together with the team….From 160over90 – Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:23:37 GMT – View all Philadelphia, PA jobs Source:

Front End Web Developer – Taoti Creative – Washington, DC

Front End Web Developer. Have extensive WordPress and/or Drupal skills. First and foremost, you’re a well-rounded, upper-level front-end developer with the…From Taoti Creative – Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:20:56 GMT – View all Washington, DC jobs Source:

My kind of contract

The work for hire terms at Segura, a design firm in Chicago. My three favorite bits: 1. “Time is money. More time is more money.” 2. “If you want something that’s been done before, use that.” 3. The pro bono amendments.You give me money, I’ll give you creative.I’ll start when the check clears.Time is money. More time is more money.I’ll listen to you. You listen to me.You tell me what you want, I’ll tell you what you need.You want me to be on time, I want you to be on time.What you use is yours, what you don’t is mine.I can’t give you stuff I don’t own.I’ll try not to be an ass, you should do the same.If you want something that’s been done before, use that.PRO BONOIf you want your way, you have to pay.If you don’t pay, I have final say.Let’s create something great together.For those who will be quick…

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Copywriting Q&A: Tips for Copywriters Who Want to be Digital Nomads

Become a digital nomad—someone who travels the world, but works while they do it—is becoming a more and more common goal for copywriters. But making it work isn’t quite as simple as packing up your computer and hopping on a plane. Today, we’re going to talk about important tips to help make sure you can make it work. Read on… Today’s question is from Emma V., who asks, “My goal to is to build my business so that I can become a digital nomad in six-to-nine months. Do you have any tips for when I’m ready to go?” There are a lot of terrific things about being a copywriter—fulfilling work, a creative outlet, a great income—but one of the best is that it can be very flexible. Many people don’t have the kind of career that lets them work from home, much less work overseas. Recently, the Filthy Rich Writer…

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Reactive UI’s with VanillaJS – Part 1: Pure Functional Style

Last month Chris Coyier wrote a post investigating the question, “When Does a Project Need React?” In other words, when do the benefits of using React (acting as a stand-in for data-driven web frameworks in general), rather than server-side templates and jQuery, outweigh the added complexity of setting up the requisite tooling, build process, dependencies, etc.? A week later, Sacha Greif wrote a counterpoint post arguing why you should always use such a framework for every type of web project. His points included future-proofing, simplified workflow from project to project (a single architecture; no need to keep up with multiple types of project structures), and improved user experience because of client-side re-rendering, even when the content doesn’t change very often. In this pair of posts, I delve into a middle ground: writing reactive-style UI’s in plain old JavaScript – no frameworks, no preprocessors. Article Series: Pure Functional Style (You are…

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