Posts Tagged:Georgia

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 you really dislike FOUT, `font-display: optional` might be your jam

The story of FOUT is so fascinating. Browsers used to do it: show a “fallback” font while a custom font loads, then flop out the text once it has. The industry kinda hated it, because it felt jerky and could cause re-layout. So browsers changed and started hiding text until the custom font loaded. The industry hated that even more. Nothing worse than a page with no text at all! Font loading got wicked complicated. Check out this video of Zach Leatherman and I talking it out. Now browsers are saying, why don’t we give control back to you in the form of API’s and CSS. You can take control of the behavior with the font-display property (spec). It seems like font-display: swap; gets most of the attention. It’s for good reason. That’s the value that brings back FOUT in the strongest way. The browser will not wait at all…

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The Top 5 Career Regrets (and How I’ve Experienced All of Them Already)

Here are the top five career regrets via a Harvard Business Review study and how I’ve experienced all five in my short career already: I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money. I wish I had quit earlier. I wish I had the confidence to start my own business. I wish I had used my time at school more productively. I wish I had acted on my career hunches. I can empathize with every single one of these. And, I wonder what numbers 6-10 were (and some of the other hits on the list). Regret can be a powerful motivator [PDF Study] and a helpful emotion to have, if used wisely. But otherwise, it can be a total waste of time. In many ways I feel like I’m too young to have experienced all of these already but I have. I’m not sure that’s a good or bad thing, but, the…

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The Equilateral Triangle of a Perfect Paragraph

Still, too many web designers neglect the importance of typography on the web. So far, I’ve only met a few that really understand typography and know how to apply that knowledge to their work. And the lack of knowledge about typography doesn’t come from ignorance. I learned that web designers are commonly either self-taught and haven’t grasped the importance of typography yet, or they actually studied design but typography was just one of the classes they had to attend. I created the Better Web Type course to help raise awareness of the important role typography plays on the web. In my opinion, both web designers and web developers should learn the basics—if a designer uses ligatures in her designs but the developer doesn’t even know what ligatures are, how can we expect him to correctly transform the most beautifully designed typography into code? With both roles knowing the basics, we’ll…

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Think beyond with Acquia Labs

For most of the history of the web, the website has been the primary means of consuming content. These days, however, with the introduction of new channels each day, the website is increasingly the bare minimum. Digital experiences can mean anything from connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smartphones, chatbots, augmented and virtual reality headsets, and even so-called zero user interfaces which lack the traditional interaction patterns we’re used to. More and more, brands are trying to reach customers through browserless experiences and push-, not pull-based, content — often by not accessing the website at all. Last year, we launched a new initiative called Acquia Labs, our research and innovation lab, part of the Office of the CTO. Acquia Labs aims to link together the new realities in our market, our customers’ needs in coming years, and the goals of Acquia’s products and open-source efforts in the long term. In…

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“Fine” never means “things are fine.”

Listen closely for the word “fine.” It’s never the whole story.Growing up, my family and I moved around quite a bit. From Georgia to Washington to Ohio to Minnesota… People assumed we were a military family because of how often we moved. But that wasn’t the case.Each time, we moved because of my dad’s job.My dad has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. His first job coming out of his doctorate program was building robots to clear nuclear waste (nuts, right?). He did that for a few years, but then wanted to get into teaching. So we moved to where he could go teach at a university. After teaching for a handful of years, he wanted to work in business. So we moved again.With each move, it was clear: There was something more he desired from his job. More growth opportunities, more autonomy, more ways to improve the environment around him.As a kid, these moves began…

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What are you competing with?

You may think you’re competing with competitors, but you’re often competing with something, not someone.One dollar bid, now two, now two, will ya’ give me two? Two dollar bid, now three, now three, will ya’ give me three?I was recently talking to a guy who’s in the business of helping car dealers move used cars off their lot.Turns out, over ten million of the cars dealers take in on trade aren’t actually resold directly to customers. They’re often sold wholesale at auction.Sometimes a car sits on a lot because it’s in the wrong place. Not in the wrong place on the lot, but in the wrong region of the country. A Subaru may sell better in Colorado than in Georgia, for example. Or a Honda Accord may do better in Milwaukee than San Diego.So they send them to auction. And different dealers/buyers from all over the country bid, buy, and redistribute cars.When you think about…

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Application Developer II – Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA

Application Developer II. Drupal web content management, PHP, Apache, and MySQL database. Other software developers and analysts, project managers database…From Georgia Tech – Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:33:03 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Business Analyst Sr – Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA

Experience working with web application development teams who use Drupal and Java. Ability to tailor communication to different audiences, such as management,…From Georgia Tech – Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:28:46 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Georgia.Gov: Five Years with Drupal

Between applying for a business license or arranging to take a driving test, almost every citizen in Georgia interacts with the suite of Georgia.gov sites at some point in their lifetime. But before 2011, rapidly increasing operation costs, major editorial inefficiencies, and low user conversion rates hindered the state’s 45 agencies from effectively serving their citizens. Five Years with Drupal The Georgia Technology Authority teamed up with Phase2 to move 55 websites from a proprietary system hosted at the state’s data center to a Drupal platform hosted in the cloud. Five years later, Director Nikhil Deshpande of GTA discussed Georgia’s return on investment at DrupalCon New Orleans: Platform Operational Costs Declined by 65% One of the major successes discussed in Nikhil’s talk was an operational budget that declined from $1.5 million in 2012, to $513,000 in 2015 – a 65% reduction in operational costs! Much of the cost savings came from lowered…

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We Don’t Serve Your Type Here: A History of Fonts on the Web – Part 1

Back in 1994, websites looked a lot different. Those of you who spent time on the web during that year probably have a good idea of what I’m talking about. If you didn’t spend time on the web that year, or if you weren’t even born yet, allow me to paint you a brief picture:

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