Posts Tagged:identity

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.


Why we dismiss negative feedback

Three fallacies that get in the way of hearing what we need to hear. Here’s how by recognizing them, we can overcome them.My stomach dropped. My face flushed.I thought to myself: “No way that’s true!” and “No way that’s me…”Those were my physical and mental reactions when an acquaintance gave me some feedback a few years ago. (She told me I had “come across as fake” to her… Ouch!)My first instinct was to completely dismiss her feedback.Now looking back, I wonder… Why?Why was my first instinct to push this feedback away? Why was I so quick to say it wasn’t true or that it didn’t matter?Simply put: We hate criticism.Anything negative, anything critical — we fear it. We resist, push back, and build a wall around ourselves.In fact, as humans, our brains are hardwired to resist negative feedback. Research show how our brains hold onto negative memories longer than positive ones — so the negative stuff always hurts more. We’re…

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Delete Google Plus

I’ve been on a really good “cleanse” recently, moving a ton of distraction from my life and even dropping entirely such services as Twitter. The results have been great and the free space that I’ve had psychologically is too good not to repeat. I mean, if you find a great habit to kick then why not rinse and repeat? There are two services that I still have large and “active” accounts with that definitely have a count-down clock, the first is Google+ and the second is LinkedIn. I do not actively engage in those services other than dropping links to blog posts. I don’t have a “community” there and the value, as far as I can tell, is superficial. Hmm… With Google+ I’ve got > 4,200 friends in 3 circles…. wait… no… I have 7,000+ followers…? Google+ Followers…? I’m so confused. Wah… I ‘m not entirely sure how I acquired these friends nor…

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Beyond Code – Contributing to Community Spirit

How the DrupalCon Prenote helps us laugh, learn, and be a community. Four other Acquians joined me on stage in the DrupalCon Baltimore Prenote, helping spread a little joy and silliness. Drupal gets better when companies, organizations, and individuals build or fix something they need and then share it with the rest of us. Our community becomes better, stronger, and smarter when others take it upon themselves to make a positive difference contributing their knowledge, time, and energy to Drupal. Acquia is proud to play a part, alongside thousands of others, in making tomorrow’s Drupal better than today’s. “Welcome to the Prenote! Welcome to DrupalCon! Let’s celebrate this thing we love!” The DrupalCon Prenote Baltimore marked the 14th (!) time the Drupal Association invited me to open DrupalCon. I was proud to put on a fresh new DrupalCon Prenote, “Balti-more Prenote, the Balti-most fun at DrupalCon!”, bright and early on…

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Beautiful, Customizable Online Appointment Scheduling

Brand new designs for Acuity Scheduling are beautiful out of the box and make it easy to provide online appointment scheduling for you or your clients, matching their identity. The online scheduler comes with several templates, embeds quickly in existing websites, and is fully customizable with advanced CSS. Advanced CSS Customization Customize nearly everything on your scheduler with our simple built-in options, or bring your creative ideas to life with our advanced CSS editor. Custom fonts can be imported, and standard CSS selectors let you change the appearance of almost anything: Embedding a Client Scheduler Two lines of HTML — an iframe, and an optional helper script — add the appointment scheduling widget to your website. The embedded scheduler has a number of unique designs including daily and monthly views, a class schedule, and a lightbox booking button. Create unique links to streamline the booking process for clients by pre-filling…

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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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Facebook Ads Review 101: Rules to follow to get your ads approved… quickly!

Something we always get questions about is why Facebook ads get rejected. You’ve worked really hard to get your Facebook ad just right. Your image is carefully curated, your copy is finely tuned, and your targeting is carefully calibrated. You submit it for review, and you end up receiving a notification that says that your ad has not been approved. You know Facebook rejects ads that violate its policies. “But what are those policies?” you wonder. It’s not always easy to figure it out. While your ads are “pending review,” anything can happen. Sometimes good ads are rejected or bad ads are approved. And Facebook reserves the right to reject or approve an ad for any reason. We’ve gone over the rules time and again, and we’re here to share the most recent updates on Facebook’s policies and demystify once and for all why ads do and don’t get approved.…

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On Writing Feature Requirements

I have been asked to lead product development on a team. This is somewhat of a new journey for me because I’m generally used to calling myself a web designer rather than a product manager or strategist. The toughest part of this job for me has been organizing my thoughts. I’ve written an executive summary for the product we’re building, done some competitive research and even dusted off my limited MBA education for a SWOT analysis. Oh yeah, now it looks like I know what I’m doing! Many of us who read CSS-Tricks with any sort of regularity likely have to think strategically to do our jobs, whether it’s in design, development, or both. What I’ve found, however, is that thinking strategically is a whole lot different than acting strategically. Where thinking strategically is an internal process that stays in your head, acting strategically requires careful orchestration and the ability…

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Living our values

The Drupal community is committed to welcome and accept all people. That includes a commitment to not discriminate against anyone based on their heritage or culture, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, and more. Being diverse has strength and as such we work hard to foster a culture of open-mindedness toward differences. A few weeks ago, I privately asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor, to leave the Drupal project. I did this because it came to my attention that he holds views that are in opposition with the values of the Drupal project. I had hoped to avoid discussing this decision publicly out of respect for Larry’s private life, but now that Larry has written about it on his blog and it is being discussed publicly, I believe I have no choice but to respond on behalf of the Drupal project. It’s not for me to judge the choices…

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Snapchat is the Donald Trump of UI Design

A few days ago, I enjoyed reading Carmel DeAmicis’ article on Medium, Did Snapchat succeed because of its controversial UI? If you haven’t read that article yet, you should stop now and give it a read, but the general argument is this: Snapchat breaks all the rules of conventional usability, yet it has been widely adopted in part because of this rather than in spite of it. I was intrigued by the article’s points about why this might be, but I want to add another perspective. As I read the article, there was a particular analogy that I couldn’t get out of my head: Snapchat is the Donald Trump of UI design. Let me explain. Every once in a while, a truly disruptive event comes along that challenges things we thought we knew about the world. Within a few hours on Election Night 2016, the world realized in unison that rules…

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If Your Company Were a Couch…

Without even realizing it, our perceptions are cross-referenced with our memories. Our brains conjure up an emotional reaction when our eyes see familiar shapes, colors, and textures. This fun exercise uses various styles of couches to help you make decisions about the emotional response that best represents the personality of your company (or how you would like your company to be perceived). So, which couch feels most like your company? Parallel your choice with your company’s brand personality attributes. Insights on effective color and hand-picked typography choices (with links to free fonts) are included and will help codify your communication style. See if your choice aligns with your company’s mission and vision. Is your brand… Stylish? Clean lines, modern, current. That’s a stylish company. Being confident and deliberate in your decision-making shows in everything you do. This company may associate themselves with a Mid-Century modern look. Recommendations: For color —…

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Regular or 360°? Both! Our Top 29 Amazing Facebook Video Ads

It’s no secret that Facebook’s video ads are a powerful marketing tool. Forbes reported in November of 2015 that video had the most reach out of any post on the network, and Fortune reported that Facebook users watch about four billion video streams a day. 360° video came right on the heels of this regular video boom. From comparisons to virtual reality to early adoption by big brands, 360° emerged as a challenger to the supremacy of video ads. But luckily, you don’t have to choose between regular or 360° video ads — you can harness the power of both. With Facebook advertising bigger than ever on mobile, and more time spent consuming video than ever before, here are 30 amazing video ads to inspire you to kick off with one, the other, or both. 1. LG G5 Phone release To launch their flagship smartphone, LG made a short video…

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All or something

You can win on your own terms even if you’re not all in.One of the most pervasive myths of startup life is that it has to be all consuming. That unless you can give your business all your thoughts and hours, you don’t deserve success. You are unworthy of the startup call.This myth neatly identifies those fit for mission: Young, without obligations, and few if any extra-curricular interests. The perfect cannon fodder for 10:1 VC long shots.They’re also easier to rile up with tales of milk and honey at the end of the rainbow, or the modern equivalents, “compressing your working life into a few years” and “billon-dollar waves”.But running your life in perpetual crunch mode until the buy-out or bullshit-IPO fairy stops by your door is not surprisingly unappealing to lots of people.The problem is that most “exciting new company” lore is intermingled with that of Startup Culture™. This means it’s hard to…

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Decoupled Drupal with JSON API and Ember: Consuming Drupal with Ember Adapters and Models

Among the most crucial steps in architecting decoupled Drupal-backed applications is to bridge the gap between Drupal and the designated front end so that the latter can receive and manipulate data on the Drupal data repository via API calls. For some frameworks, this can be a rather tedious exercise in navigating the server-side APIs and crafting the correct requests on the client side. Luckily, with JSON API now proposed as a core experimental module for Drupal 8, the tightrope walk between Drupal and Ember is about to become more of a cinch. In the first installment of this tutorial series, we installed Drupal and configured it as a data service that exposes content entities through JSON API. We also installed and set up Ember and examined some of its key components up close, including the Ember software stack, templates, routes, and components. In this second part, we’ll dive into how…

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