Posts Tagged:Giving

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.


​No Joke…Download Anything You Want on Storyblocks

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Surprising Places

I’ve shared previously my history with alcohol and, more specifically, my really bad relationship with booze and I’m happy to say that I’ve continued to stay strong and haven’t had a drink since I quit cold-turkey late last year. I’m very, very excited to celebrate the one year anniversary of one of the most significant decisions of my life and I know that I’m going to make it. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t struggle with it. In fact, I dream of drinking alcohol and find myself often thinking about the “great times” that I’ve had while under the influence as I moved towards blacking out. These, of course, are lies, fabricated tales of only the positive effects that alcohol temporarily brought me and my mind intentionally forgets to include all the damage and sadness that it has brought me over the decade of abuse. But, I quit and I’m glad…

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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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The Bad News Advantage

Telling your employees the truth — even when it’s bad — makes you a better leader. Here’s why…Sharing bad news is a good thing.As a leader, you might not think it, at first. But it’s true. Leaders who are honest about the bad — just as much as the good — are better leaders.But it’s not just me saying this. Research proves this.In a 2013 study discussed in Forbes, researchers found that leaders who gave honest feedback were rated as five times more effective than ones who do not. In addition, leaders who gave honest feedback had employees who were rated as three times more engaged.Employees yearn for this honest, corrective feedback. In a study shared in Harvard Business Review, 57% people preferred corrective feedback to purely praise and recognition. When further asked what was most helpful in their careers, 72% employees said they thought their performance would improve if their managers would provide corrective feedback.In other words, people don’t just want to…

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Google to Advertisers: Get Your Mobile Landing Pages Ready by @MattGSouthern

Google is giving notice to AdWords advertisers that AMP landing pages are on the way in two weeks.The post Google to Advertisers: Get Your Mobile Landing Pages Ready by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Instagram Tests Sharing Stories Directly to Facebook by @MattGSouthern

Instagram has been spotted giving users the option to share stories directly to Facebook.The post Instagram Tests Sharing Stories Directly to Facebook by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

New in Highrise: Auto CCs, Clear all, and more…

We just celebrated our 3 year anniversary since spinning off from Basecamp! Thanks to all of you for helping us get here. Read more about: how far we’ve come. And today, we have another couple improvements to mention.Auto CCsFor those of you who use our Gmail or recent Outlook integration to send emails from Highrise, we have an exciting announcement today.You’ve been able to add a CC (or BCC) to an outgoing message for some time, but now that field has gotten a lot smarter. It will automatically populate from CCs in your previous message, and will automatically fill from your contacts as you type:Read more about the auto populated and auto complete CC’s: here.Clear All from Good Morning Group InboxesAlmost 2 years ago, we launched Good Morning, your Highrise group inbox. It has literally changed the way we work and our support team clears the queue by answering each item every day — in record…

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Development and Winning

Both my kids are playing soccer these days and I enjoy watching them play something that they, themselves, enjoy. But, I have not been happy with the emphasis on winning, especially at such young an age. One of our coaches recently shared something from United States Soccer Federation with some top-level initiatives and goals for this coming season. I appreciate some of the findings: Too much emphasis placed on the result of the game The priority should be to develop skills and abilities There is a need to educate and empower parents and coaches You can read the full document here if that’s of interest to you. I particularly like this call-out: Development and winning do not have to happen independently from one another. This is entirely true of not just sports but of life in general. Working hard, not giving up, and growing as a person and as a professional give…

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How to be interesting

A couple months ago a video made its viral way around the internet as some videos do. It was a mashup of the Sesame Street movie Follow that Bird and the Beastie Boys’ song Sabotage.Mashups aren’t uncommon. Afterall, that’s a huge lesson most of us already know about creativity. Great ideas are often the collision of a couple different disciplines, technologies, inventions, etc.But is that all there is to it? Or is there something a bit deeper about that video and why it became so viral.Why was it so interesting?Murray Davis was a professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University. In 1971, he published an interesting paper. Literally. It’s called “That’s Interesting!”Davis investigated why some researchers and their theories get people’s attention and others don’t. He found that ideas don’t become interesting because they are simply true:All of the interesting propositions I examined were easily translatable into the form: ‘What seems to…

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Drupal Training by Valuebound, Bangalore on Drupal Global Training Days

Start:  2017-09-16 10:30 – 15:30 Asia/Kolkata Organizers:  mahaveer003 chishah92 nishantkumar155 Event type:  Training (free or commercial) We, at Valuebound, are excited to announce a hands on ‘Drupal-in-a-day’ training session on the 16th of September 2017 Saturday. This is an initiative coordinated by the Drupal Association as a part of the Global Training Days to introduce new people to the wonderful world of Drupal. Come and be a part of a world wide Drupal community! Make a live website yourself and know how Drupal can help you! Difficulty Level: Introductory Proposed Session: Get a leap on to the world of Drupal 8 . Learn about the main features and concepts of Drupal with live practice sessions. By the end of this training session, you will know about the terminologies associated with Drupal and will be able to understand how Drupal sites are constructed. You will be equipped with the knowledge of…

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Stockio Review: Stock Photos and More Without the Attribution and Costs

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily If you’re looking for a featured photo to match that perfect blog post, the process often takes much longer than you would expect. Most bloggers have no interest, or money, to pay for stock photos, and most of the time you can find royalty-free images that don’t require attribution. Unfortunately, there are a few main problems when it comes to finding royalty-free images that don’t require attribution: Many search engines don’t have the proper tools to filter out photographs that aren’t legal to use. Many times you stumble upon a free stock photography website only to find that you’re required to provide an attribution link on each photo. There are so many photography sites that you often have to bookmark several of them to find the pictures you need. It’s a tough process, but with the help of Stockio you should be able to make…

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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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Unpacking the Mysteries of Webpack — A Novice's Journey

I’d worked on a handful of JavaScript applications with webpack before I inherited one in particular that had painfully sluggish builds. Even the incremental builds were taking up to 20 seconds…every single time I saved a change to a JS file. Being able to detect code changes and push them into my browser is a great feedback loop to have during development, but it kind of defeats the purpose when it takes so long. What’s more, as a compulsive saver and avid collector of Chrome tabs, I basically lit my computer on fire as it screamed like an F-15 every time webpack ran one of these builds. I put up with this for awhile because I was scared of webpack. I shot a handful of awkward glances at webpack.config.js over the course of a few weeks. Right before permanent madness set in, I resolved to make things better. Thus started…

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Form Validation with Web Audio

I’ve been thinking about sound on websites for a while now. When we talk about using sound on websites, most of us grimace and think of the old days, when blaring background music played when the website loaded. Today this isn’t and needn’t be a thing. We can get clever with sound. We have the Web Audio API now and it gives us a great deal of control over how we design sound to be used within our web applications. In this article, we’ll experiment with just one simple example: a form. What if when you were filling out a form it gave you auditory feedback as well as visual feedback. I can see your grimacing faces! But give me a moment. We already have a lot of auditory feedback within the digital products we use. The keyboard on a phone produces a tapping sound. Even if you have “message…

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Hybrid development is how we give our teams of three superpowers

We just launched a major revamp of the schedule in Basecamp 3. New calendar grid, new day drill-down, new navigation across months. It’s a big change, and we rolled it out simultaneously across five platforms: Web, Windows Desktop, OS X Desktop, iOS, and Android.Three people did the work in less than six weeks.Not because they worked 120 hour weeks. Not because they’re polymath geniuses. Not because they outsourced the work to offshore programming farms.Three people launched a major new feature across five platforms in six weeks because of their hybrid-development superpowers. Powers derived from using basic web technologies, Rails, Turbolinks, and the Majestic Monolith.These six weeks included all sorts of experimentation, back-and-forth, and trade-offs. It was both research and development. A flexible, fluid spec that we honed as we went along.Can you even imagine trying to do coordinate five different native teams covering all those platforms simultaneously? Or how many people it would…

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8 things remote CEOs do differently

If you’re thinking of going remote, here’s what successful remote leaders do…Earlier this month, I spoke with a CEO who’s looking to transition her company to become remote in the upcoming year. I could tell she was hesitant — perhaps even nervous about it. She’d never run a remote company before.She asked me:“Claire, what do CEOs of remote companies have to do differently?”“Do I need to shift some of my attitudes or behaviors?” she elaborated. “What do I need to do as a remote leader to make sure we’re as successful as when we were co-located?”I had to pause and think about her questions for a minute.Even though I’ve been a CEO of a remote company for the past almost four years, I’d never explicitly thought about the difference between what a remote CEO requires vs. what a co-located CEO requires. But when posed the question, I realized there are certain things I deliberately focus on…

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Strongly Held Opinions, Gone Away

I received a really wonderful question from Bryan Braun the other day during a workshop I was giving at Sparkbox. He asked if, over the years, if there were opinions about web design and development I strongly held that I don’t anymore. I really didn’t have a great answer at the time, even though surely if I could rewind my brain there would be some embarrassing ones in there. At the risk of some heavy self-back-patting, this is exactly the reason I try and be pretty open-minded. If you aren’t, you end up eating crow. And for what? When you crap on an idea, you sound like a jerk at the time, and likely cause more harm than good. If you end up right, you were still a jerk. If you end up wrong, you were a jerk and a fool. I like the sentiment the web is a big…

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