Posts Tagged:Design

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.

Hashtags on Facebook — The Definitive Guide

We know that hashtags on Facebook tend to stump people. Their usefulness on Twitter and Instagram is obvious—you can plug into any topic and get your content in front of interested users. But over on Facebook, we sometimes neglect them. But if you’re still thinking about Facebook hashtags like you did in 2009, that’s probably why you’re confused. As more and more businesses and people got on Facebook, the platform expanded its search functions. Hashtags have now become the new normal. Facebook users now expect to see hashtags, and then use them to discover new content and conversations. And this has us wondering, can adding a hashtag to your ad boost its overall performance? We decided to run an experiment to test the importance of hashtags in Facebook ads. Here are the results! Some Basics About the #Hashtag We’ve written before about how to create a hashtag that actually boosts…

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The “normal” workflow I’m sure we’ve all lived is that design happens, then coding happens. A healthy workflow has back-and-forth between everyone involved in a project, including designers and developers, but still: The code is the final product. You design your way to code, you don’t code your way to designs. It was only a little over a month ago when it was news that Sketch 43 was moving to a .JSON file format. The final release notes drop the news quite blasé: Revised file format But Jasim A Basheer rightly made a big deal of it: … it will fundamentally change how the design tools game will be played out in the coming years. “enables more powerful integrations for third-party developers” is stating it lightly. This is what the fine folks at Bohemian Coding has done — they opened up Sketch’s file format into a neat JSON making it possible for…

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Full Stack Web Developer – Leibowitz Branding & Design – New York, NY

Full Stack Developer – Contract, 4-6 Months (Temp to Perm)*. Skilled in custom back-end solutions for WordPress, ExpressEngine and Drupal….From Indeed – Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:23:56 GMT – View all New York jobs Source:

Front-End Developer – JSI – Rosslyn, VA

Skilled with all aspects of Drupal theming. This role reports to the Drupal Team Lead. JSI is looking for a Front-End Developer who wants to use their design…From JSI – Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:10:44 GMT – View all Rosslyn jobs Source:

Facebook F8 2017 – What Marketers Need to Know

Facebook’s F8 conferences have earned the reputation of being one of the most innovative and fascinating tech events of the year. While F8 is known as the “Facebook Developer Conference”, it doesn’t mean there’s only news about high-tech gadgets. In fact, there are also many insights and ideas that social media marketers can use. If you missed the F8 conference live broadcast, it’s not too late to read about all the announcements. We worked hard for you, and gathered together the most important announcements about Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Workplace, Oculus, and other Facebook’s apps. During his (most waited) speech at F8 Mark Zuckerberg said: We are building the technology to give anyone the power to share anything they want with anyone else.” Mark Zuckerberg on the stage of F8 at Fort Mason (San Francisco) And we better believe him. Zooming on Facebook’s 10-year roadmap reveals (as if we didn’t know!)…

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What Not to Wearable: Part 1

With every advance in connected technology, potential new features abound. Sensors monitor your fitness performance or sleep quality. Haptic vibrations in insoles guide you to take a left or a right, allowing you to navigate without looking at a screen. NFC technology in a ring allows you to pay for a purchase without fumbling around in a bag or combing through pockets. These technologies allow our accessories to become devices for input and output. All this sounds exciting, freeing even. These innovations could allow us to turn our focus away from screens and back to the material world, to be simultaneously connected to technology while also present in the moment. And that’s incredible. However, this also presents new challenges. Besides the multitude of complex technical problems we must address, from charging and battery life to data networks and security, we will also have to solve some key strategic and design problems. When Fashion and Tech Collide Connected technology has migrated from appliances,…

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What Not to Wearable: Part 2

In Part 1, I outlined strategies to coordinate the design goals of digital and physical products. Now, I want to take a look at how employing those strategies might yield wearables that appeal to a broad market. Wearables consist of three designed components: The Product This is the object that will house the hardware.The Hardware These are the technology components that make a product “smart.” It includes the sensors, indicators, transmitters (as well as requisite power sources) that are layered into a physical product to add functionality.The Digital Experience This is the suite of apps and interfaces that the user interacts with in relation to the wearable. It may be on the wearable itself (as in a full-display watch) or synced to a device (as with a fitness tracker). There are many articles (including this one and this one) that offer guidance on designing for wearables. But, they all tend…

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Contact Form Design Tricks To Improve Lead Conversion Rate

As online marketers, your major focus is probably on generating leads, engaging, and converting them to potential customers. Most of the time, your objective is to attract and inform them. For this reason, you need to give priority to optimizing and modifying your contact form design to maximize your conversion. There is not much difference when it comes to a high-converting and a low-converting contact form. It all boils down to the details and the choice of contact form design features that can help increase your success rate of. Contact Form Design Tips There are several ways you can get maximum conversion from your contact form. Here are 10 research-based tips and best practices on improving your contact form design for better conversion rate. 1. Use The Right Layout Finding the right layout can be crucial for your contact form. A one-eye tracking study by Google revealed the following when…

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Total HTML Agnosticism

A couple of good posts on technology agnosticism lately. Brad Frost says the design system itself is higher level than any particular technology: … it doesn’t bet the farm on any one technology, the system is able to adapt to inevitable changes to tools, technologies, and trends. Jonathan Snook thinks Mustache is good choice for otherwise technologically agnostic templating: I like it because of its simplicity and because it requires the heavy work with the data to be done before it sees a template. Here’s a slide I used at a recent workshop: What I was mostly referring to is total HTML agnosticism. It doesn’t matter (to me) where the HTML comes from. Did Drupal produce the HTML? Fine. Is the HTML in JSX? Fine. Is it a Mustache template? Fine. Am I editing totally raw HTML like elite hacker? Fine. Am I piecing together partials in Nunjucks. Fine. Is…

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Visual Designer – U.S. Small Business Administration – Washington, DC

Knowledge of HTML/CSS and Drupal. Deliver final design assets with annotations for developers to implement on the live website…. $66,510 – $131,767 a yearFrom Indeed – Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:36:38 GMT – View all Washington jobs Source:

UX/Product Designer – U.S. Small Business Administration – Washington, DC

Knowledge of HTML/CSS and Drupal. Deliver final design assets for developers to implement on the live website…. $66,510 – $131,767 a yearFrom Indeed – Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:34:29 GMT – View all Washington jobs Source: User Experience for 320+ Sites On One Flexible Platform is helping Americans start and grow small businesses with their free, confidential business advice. In order to have maximum reach and impact, SCORE teamed up with Phase2 to create a Drupal system that is flexible enough to accommodate 320+ local chapter sites that support their own content production, without eschewing overall brand and design standard of the national site. Next week at DrupalCon in Baltimore, MD, I will be taking the stage with SCORE’s Director of Marketing, Candice Stennett, to speak on the success of this build and partnership. In the meantime, I sat down with Candice to get her perspective on the project from a marketing standpoint.  Q. Can you tell me a little bit about SCORE’s previous platform organization and functions and the challenges that led you to needing a redesign? A. SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the formation and growth of small businesses in…

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Acquia in action at DrupalCon Baltimore!

Check us out in person If you’re coming to DrupalCon Baltimore and you’re curious about Acquia, there are a couple of ways to meet the company and see what we’re about beyond the marketing and sales efforts that get directed at potential clients. One great way is to come to our sessions! Looking at the breadth of topics covered, you begin to get a sense of how much is going on behind the scenes at the company. You can see and hear Acquia experts talking about everything from data-driven workplace improvement to the latest in Drupal 8 front ends to how and why Drupal is still changing rapidly during the conference. We’d obviously be very happy to talk with you at the Acquia Query Lounge in the exhibitors’ hall, in the Hallway Track, our industry meetup, or wherever you might meet us along the way, too! Oh and we’re Acquia…

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Between the Lines

Media queries are great for changing values in sudden snaps at different screen sizes. But, combining the power of calc() and viewport units like vw and vh , we can get an awful lot of fluidity across our layouts. For this we’ll use a technique called linear interpolation. Linear interpolation is a formula used to find a value between two points on a line. In our case those two points are CSS values, like font-sizes, margins or widths, that we want to interpolate between over a set of viewport widths. The reason we might want to interpolate between values over a set of viewport widths is to avoid having to create multiple breakpoints to control the flow of our content when the viewport changes. Instead, we let the user’s browser calculate, according to our instructions, what values it gets. Let me explain. The following snippet is a Sass function based…

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Web Developer – Foresters Financial – Edison, NJ

Drupal administration and development experience preferred. Work alongside a team of developers to design, implement and maintain web applications and websites…From Foresters Financial – Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:48:55 GMT – View all Edison jobs Source:

Best HTML Email Design Dimensions: How Wide Should Your Email Template Be?

The template you are using for your HTML email marketing campaign can go a long way in converting your email recipients to customers. As such, you need to make sure that people who receive them can view your emails properly. The question is: What is the best width for your email marketing campaign? In this article, we will attempt to answer the question, as well as discuss important tips related to creating effective HTML email newsletters. A Brief Background on HTML Email Design Back in the day, Microsoft Outlook was considered as the primary email client during the time when the average width of the desktop monitor was 1,024 pixels. As a result, email marketers had to conform to the size to fulfill the constraints. From there, the 600-pixel width for HTML email came into being. However, times have changed since then, and screen resolutions have become bigger. In fact,…

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I was on vacation this past week and at some little beach gift shop they were selling this really cool big thick book called Ocean: A Photicular Book. You’ve probably seen something like it before… a plastic card that shows different images depending on how you are looking at it. This book is extremely well done in that the image are very high quality, and the design of the book makes the images move as you turn the pages. Here’s a quick video: check this book it’s the coolest — Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) April 13, 2017 Here’s an explanation by Dan Kainen: Photicular, also known as Lenticular, or Integrated Photography, was first conceived in the early 20th century, but the basic concept has been around since 1692 when a French painter created paintings that revealed one, and then the other as the observer walked by. The simplest form of…

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