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.

The Death of American Football

I won’t lie: I’m happy to see the decrease in football across the United States. In fact, the decline has been large enough to have some high school teams disband their football sports programs. That’s a good thing. I don’t have anything specifically against American Football, itself… rather, I do have a problem with the obvious link to brain disease associated with repeated hits to the head (and brain). Good riddance. That’s just sad because the results are catastrophic. The risks of football have never been more apparent. This summer, researchers at Boston University said they’d found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of the 202 former football players they studied. The athletes whose brains were donated to the study had played football in the National Football League, college and even high school. And, of course, the NFL is trying to “find ways”…

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Making Interactive Art

This summer, we built an interactive art installation in the middle of a college campus — a journey designing, manufacturing, and installing Abilene Christian University’s Lightwalk. Now that it’s complete, and since the opportunity came by way of sharing knowledge, I thought I would do the same here and pause to reflect on our process and lessons learned along the way. Vision The vision for the Lightwalk installation at Abilene was nearly two years in the making when we first had a conversation with their team. In that time, a good amount of consideration had already been given to various aspects of the installation, including a concerted effort from Abilene to prototype their vision and actually bury it in the ground. We knew the installation would be located below-grade on the East side of a jagged concrete path and consist of many “reeds” or light poles that would illuminate. The…

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Usability as a Design Consideration

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily Designers understand the importance of utility Sometimes it can be difficult to explain to non-designers, such as marketing managers, why utility is more important than aesthetics. That’s one of the biggest challenges every designer faces when designing user interfaces for software and websites, where the work is subject to approval from higher level marketing executives. Of course it is important to try and get the best looking result that you can, but not if it means getting in the way of what the user wants to achieve when visiting your website or using software designed by you. Usability is a dynamic field, the rules are not static There are some old usability rules that people are clinging to that may no longer be relevant, because the majority of people are now either using wide screen monitors or mobile devices. Some users…

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6 Imaginative Link Building Tactics from Industry Experts That Really Work by @malleeblue

Here are six creative link building tactics from industry experts that you should try out.The post 6 Imaginative Link Building Tactics from Industry Experts That Really Work by @malleeblue appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Your Trackpad Can Do More

For those who make a living on the computer, aspiring to be a power user is a no-brainer. We tend to associate that term with things like keyboard shortcuts, and, at Viget, we unsurprisingly are huge fans of incorporating them into our workflow to speed things up. Seriously. We’ve written about it a lot. Keyboard shortcuts are undeniably important, but they’re not our only option to boost efficiency. What about when your hands aren’t on the keys? If you’re using your right hand to scroll down this page right now, what would be the quickest way to switch tabs? If that hand is resting on a trackpad, the answer should be obvious — yet, inexplicably, we’ve been conditioned to think of that magical rectangle as capable of just a select few actions. Let’s change that. BetterTouchTool is an inexpensive macOS menu bar app from Andreas Hegenberg that allows you to…

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Design Tooling is Still Figuring Itself Out

It probably always will be, to be fair. At the moment, there are all kinds of things that design software is struggling to address. The term “screen design” is common, referring to the fact that many of us are designing very specifically for screens, not print or any other application and screens have challenges unique to them. We have different workflows these days than in the past. We have different collaboration needs. We have different technological and economic needs. Let’s take a peak at all this weirdness. Design tooling is still figuring out Responsive Design It’s almost taken for granted these days that any given new web project (or redesign) will be responsive design. Responsive design is the answer for screens of different sizes and different capabilities. So we can’t just design a 1280px wide version and call it a day. Software like Sketch has made multiple artboards of arbitrary…

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Growing, The Hard Way

I’m just inside what I feel like is the final lap for my 365-day YouTube challenge, which I started (and rebooted) back in November of last year. In 2 months I’ll be there and I know, at this point in time, that I’m going to make it. But, man… it’s been one helluva grind. Last night, I crossed 1,300 subscribers (and 13 is my favorite number so I had to grab a screenshot of it). This number isn’t that significant in and of itself, but, it is fascinating to note that it took me just over 6 months to do it from 1,000. The first 1,000 took 8 years, by the way. So, I am, essentially, accelerating my growth pretty strongly. But, it doesn’t feel that way. Cool. And that’s kind of the point: Growth almost never feels fast. Whether this is personal growth or professional growth we are constantly reminded about how…

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Lazy creative

James Van Der Beek stars in an episode of Room 104 on HBO. The series is in the middle of its first season, but it’s already done so well that HBO’s renewed it for a second season.It’s a curious show, as it takes place in a single hotel room every episode. The same hotel room over and over and over again. The room itself is also extremely uninteresting. When the design team went to Mark Duplass, the creator of the show, with tons of ideas on what the room should look like, Mark shot them all down.No, I want the room to be as bland as possible.So how did Mark Duplass create such an interesting and succesful show with this limited pallette?Our brains are lazy. Well, that’s not exactly fair. Our brains are great at conserving energy.They’ve evolved to reserve the juice necessary to deal with things in our environment that are…

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A writer had a rough go of getting a book published. Even after he’d written plenty of short stories for magazine publications, he started his hand at writing books. But nothing hit.His fourth attempt at a novel really gave him some fits. He finally finished a manuscript for it, but he still didn’t like it. The story didn’t move him, he was writing about people he didn’t know very well, and he didn’t like the characters. He threw it away in the trash.Dean Simonton is a Professor of Psychology at UC-Davis. The guy has studied what makes people creative and smart his whole career with over 300 publications and more than ten books.In 1977, Dean explored how time affects greatness. By studying composers, do we see if they peak and get worse as they get older?Afterall, isn’t that what we expect? Don’t we expect to see that graph of a U upside down?But, that’s not…

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Copywriting Q&A: 8 Questions You Need to Ask Your Copywriting Clients

Starting a new project with a new client is exciting, but don’t let that excitement get in the way of your strategy. To keep your project from getting mired in confused schedules and dozens of rounds of review, you need to start the project off with concrete answers to some important questions. Today’s question is from Chloe H., who asks, “I’m about to start work with a new client. What should I have prepared for our first meeting?” You already know that creating a creative brief is crucial to your project’s success. But in addition to that brief and all of the guiding information about the project that that brief will contain, there are other elements of the project that you need to get straight with your client. Here are seven questions you should be sure to ask in your first meeting. 1. When do you want to get started?…

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25 Outstanding 404 Page Examples You Have to See by @grybniak

These 25 examples of impressive and creative 404 error pages will inspire you to engage, rather than enrage, your visitors.The post 25 Outstanding 404 Page Examples You Have to See by @grybniak appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Facebook Advertising: 8 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You

Ever heard the phrase “you’re one in a million?” Well, you’re literally one in three million on Facebook. Facebook advertising is a big jungle of competitors trying to get their stuff seen over yours. Their links clicked. Their products purchased.    🙁  Sure, you probably have creative tricks up your sleeve that will up your audience Read more Source:

Triple Threat: The Challenger, The Catalyst, & The Finisher

The “triple threat” is a concept that has fascinated me ever since I was a kid. I heard it used to describe either an athlete or an entertainer who had mastered a combination of three disciplines that together made him or her exceptional. For the basketball player, it was someone who was a great shooter, rebounder, and defender (think Lebron James). For the entertainer, it was someone who was a great actor, singer, and dancer (think Beyonce). This led me to a curious thought recently: What combination of disciplines in our field would make a person a “triple threat.” My thinking ranged from hard-skill to soft-skill disciplines, and here’s the trio—more on the soft side—that rose to the top for me. The Challenger As designers and thinkers, we’re meant to challenge habituation or problems and do something about them. Tony Fadell, designer of the iPod and the Nest, shares that…

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GovHack 2017: Interacting with Government Data

GovHack is an annual hackathon that runs in Australia and New Zealand, where participants have 46 hours to create innovative new products using the open data published by government bodies. It started in 2007 with a single event held in Canberra, and has now grown to more than 40 locations and 3,000 participants. Acquia was thrilled to provide support to GovHack for a 2nd year in 2017. GovHack provides an important opportunity for the community to interact with government data – with the support and encouragement of the publishing agencies. For almost a decade now, government agencies have been making an increasing amount of data available for anyone to use – but doing so is not always easy. And making something relatable with this data requires a mix of different skills. It’s not all about programmers. Effectively using data also needs story tellers, graphic designers, and scientists. Connecting teams with…

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Recognize the messenger

The way we treat the bearer of bad news, criticism, and new ideas matters. Here’s how to do it well.“Employee recognition” is all the rage lately.The idea is that you should positively reinforce the behaviors you want to see in your team. Want employees to hit their sales goals? Recognize those who do. Want employees to be more creative in the work they deliver? Recognize those who do.However, when it comes to cultivating and open and honest culture, what we often forget (or conveniently avoid) as leaders is to positively reinforce one particular behavior: We rarely encourage our team to tell the truth.How often do we publicly and graciously recognize employees for being a voice of dissent? For asking tough questions? For calling out mistakes? For being flat-out honest in our organizations?And, how often do we do it well?A few years ago, I was inspired by a fellow CEO in Chicago who shared with me…

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Front End Developer – R2integrated, LLC – Maplewood, MO

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES 3-5 years of experience with HTML5, CSS3, and Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Fireworks)…From R2integrated, LLC – Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:25:28 GMT – View all Maplewood, MO jobs Source:

(An Interview About) imgix Page Weight

Imgix has been a long-time display ad sponsor here on CSS-Tricks. This post is not technically sponsored, I just noticed that they released a tool for analyzing image performance at any given URL that is pretty interesting. We know web performance is a big deal. We know that images are perhaps the largest offender in ballooning page weights across the web. We know we have tools for looking at page performance as a whole. It seems fairly new to me to have tools for specifically analyzing and demonstrating how we could have done better with images specifically. That’s what this Page Weight tool is. Clearly this is a marketing tool for them. You put in a URL, and it tells you how you could have done better, and specifically how imgix can help do that. I’m generally a fan of that. Tools with businesses behind them have the resources and…

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