Posts Tagged:redesign

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.


Marketing Design — How we improved our conversion rate at Highrise

Originally Highrise was built for Jason and David, the founders of Basecamp, who had trouble staying on top of who was talking to the lawyer, who needed to follow up with the landlord, what was said to the reporter, etc.But do our customers look like Jason and David?Maybe they did originally but things changed over the last decade Highrise has been in business? Is that still our reason for existing? So we recently did a series of Jobs-to-be-Done interviews to understand who uses Highrise at a deeper level.The results were clarifying.Our interviews uncovered that Highrise was now in the hands of a very different group of people with very different needs. It’s less about “Contacts” and more about “Leads” someone needs to get into a sales process. It’s less about “Todos” and “Tasks” and more about “I need a reminder to follow-up with this lead in a few weeks.” But that’s just…

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New in Basecamp 3: List view for Projects and Teams

The change from Winter to Spring can provide a lot of inspiration for our team. We take time to listen to the rain, the wind, the flowers until they whisper the secrets to the way forward. Frequently, this growing season plants in us the ideas for the future of Basecamp.Nature can be very gentle, but direct.OK, OK, the truth of our new List view feature has a lot less to do with communing with nature and a lot more to do with listening to customers, but it’s still exciting! While a lot of customers like the card view, projects with longer titles are truncated and sometimes look strange. With a large number of teams and projects, the card view can be overwhelming.Designer Scott and programmer Pratik heard the call! The teamed up to create a new feature which available to all Basecamp 3 users today. Now, you can see your teams…

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The Advantage of Comparative Research

No matter how new a problem may be to us, we are never the first person to tackle it. There are always examples to learn from. That said, the way we learn from others’ examples can make the difference between uncritical emulation and a solution that fits the unique problem and context we’re facing. Here I’ll describe what comparative research is, why it’s worth your time, and give an example of how it helped us on a recent project. Some Fundamentals of Comparative Research Comparative research is a way to broaden our thinking about product functionality. It answers questions like, “How have others dealt with this kind of content complexity? What is a good way to conduct this kind of interaction? How are different use cases accounted for?” This type of research is particularly useful when trying to identify best practices that haven’t yet solidified into conventions–ones that aren’t likely…

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SCORE.org: User Experience for 320+ Sites On One Flexible Platform

SCORE.org 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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Dare to be remarkable? You need to piss some people off

Art from Kuma’s CornerSince taking over Highrise in 2014, we’ve heard a lot of feedback. A lot.It was pent up. Highrise launched in 2007. There was a mostly aesthetic redesign in 2011 and then very little development afterwards. That was the reason to spin it off as its own company — so it could get the attention it deserved.But OMG the feedback. You could point to any pixel on any page and we had at least 3 emails (more often dozens) on how someone wanted it changed or improved or enhanced for their use case.The Highrise team wasn’t the original makers of the product though. We didn’t truly understand the core audience. So it was tough to filter out the feedback. Which of it is important? Which feedback might help us unlock more growth? Which should be prioritized?No idea.RemarkableWorthy of being or likely to be noticed especially as being uncommon or extraordinaryMy wife and I…

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The Next Smashing Magazine

Congrats to the big team over there assembled to take on this major redesign process. Unlike our redesigns around here that are usually more like realignments with minor dev work and UX sprinkles each iteration, this was a ground-up rebuild for them. They migrated a bunch of different platforms all into one, a static-site based system with all front end APIs. It’s gotta feel good to pull all that stuff into one system. I remember when I used to have four different systems around here (WordPress, Forums (various), eCommerce (various), and some raw PHP stuff) and the good feeling it was to get it all yanked in under one WordPress roof. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The Next Smashing Magazine is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

How to launch software changes without pissing people off

Go the extra mile to avoid interruptions and protect your customers’ time.Software designers and developers are all about NEW. We like to experiment with far-out ideas and make shiny things. Our livelihood depends on it.We’re so addicted to NEW that sometimes it clouds our judgment. We love NEW and everyone else should too, so we force heavy-handed product changes onto our customers without much explanation.And if they didn’t want that? Or if they got needlessly interrupted by it?…Shhh…we’re not so interested in those problems.Dislike Facebook’s redesign? Deal with it! Confused by the newest Windows updates? Oh well! Missing some features in the new Final Cut? Too bad, they’re gone forever!It’s no surprise that these sorts of changes are comically unpopular:body[data-twttr-rendered=”true”] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;}Cineworld have changed their app and I feel hurt and betrayed x — @FuellAlexfunction notifyResize(height) {height = height ? height : document.documentElement.offsetHeight; var resized = false; if (window.donkey && donkey.resize)…

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Agile Research

Recently, we’ve been working on a fast-paced product redesign. To ensure that we’re making the right design decisions along the way, we’ve integrated user testing over the length of the project. Each week, we run five 30-minute sessions where we interview a participant and show them designs that we have been developing. We ask them to perform tasks and observe them as they interact with the prototypes. We quickly realized that it would be challenging to record and analyze our sessions, as our notes would grow unwieldy over the course of the project. To keep our research relevant, we needed to develop a solid system to both track and make sense of our observations during testing. Challenges Running ongoing user testing parallel to design presents a few challenges: In order for notes to be useable to the design team, those notes must be searchable. All information gathered during the length…

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How to Create Fast, Searchable Notes for Real-Time Research

Recently, we’ve been working on a fast-paced product redesign. To ensure that we’re making the right design decisions along the way, we’ve integrated user testing over the length of the project. Each week, we run five 30-minute sessions where we interview a participant and show them designs that we have been developing. We ask them to perform tasks and observe them as they interact with the prototypes. We quickly realized that it would be challenging to record and analyze our sessions, as our notes would grow unwieldy over the course of the project. To keep our research relevant, we needed to develop a solid system to both track and make sense of our observations during testing. Challenges Running ongoing user testing parallel to design presents a few challenges: In order for notes to be useable to the design team, those notes must be searchable. All information gathered during the length…

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How a Website Redesign Increased Organic Traffic by 99% in 8 Months [CASE STUDY] by @mdav1979

I hope this case study helps you show how important of an investment a well thought out and developed website can be to a company. Tens of thousands dollars might seem excessive, even to an enterprise organization, but it is an investment that returns in spades.The post How a Website Redesign Increased Organic Traffic by 99% in 8 Months [CASE STUDY] by @mdav1979 appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

6 Secrets to Project Success When Working With a Digital Agency

Regardless of what kind of technology solution you are looking to implement or the level of digital transformation you are trying to achieve, there is one very important constant that must be addressed in order to achieve success and maximum impact – and that is a thorough understanding of your problem and your goals. And not only do you need to have a clear understanding of them, your digital agency needs to understand your problems before they can design a proper solution. Conversely, if you are ever handed a proposal that offers a technology solution from a vendor who hasn’t  asked for — and been given — a proper download of the WHY and HOW of your project needs, run for the hills. The technology is the tool used to solve your problems and achieve your goals – and it should always come last. So how does your digital agency…

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Need Experienced Drupal Developer – URGENT – Ecommerce Jumpstart Inc. – Remote

3+ Yrs Drupal. Redesign Drupal 7 Theme. 1+ Yrs SEO experience with Drupal. We’re looking to hire 1 programmer with Drupal 7 experience….From Indeed – Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:06:20 GMT – View all Remote jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Free, faster.

Ethan Marcotte, on time- and budget-constrained organizations websites: Between the urgency of their work and the size of their resources, spending months on a full redesign isn’t something they can afford to do. Given that, a free theme for, say, WordPress can yield a considerable amount of value, especially to budget-constrained organizations. They can launch their redesign more quickly, and continue reaching the people who need their information most. So Ethan takes a look at a bunch of free themes, so at least a responsible choice can be made there, and finds the results were surprising: on a 3G connection, the slower themes I tested took anywhere from 45-90 seconds for any content to appear. In other words, the pages took roughly a minute before they were usable. Pretty rough. What I find particularly scary is that these are just empty themes. I usually attribute the slowness of sites in…

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6 Major Changes Coming to LinkedIn’s Redesigned Desktop Site by @DannyNMIGoodwin

LinkedIn has given its desktop site a much-needed redesign. Here’s what’s changing with LinkedIn’s navigation, messaging, content and feeds, and search.The post 6 Major Changes Coming to LinkedIn’s Redesigned Desktop Site by @DannyNMIGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Redesign v15 Notes

Little redesign around here. As ever, it’s just a start. It will ebb and flow in the weeks, months, and years to come. There are bugs! There are little differences that might take a tiny bit of getting used to! You’re always welcome to contact us and report bugs or let us know what you think. You know how a lot of people are all like “all websites are the same!”, well, some things are different here quite on purpose. Dedicated Area for the Newsletter It feels much better to have a web archive of the newsletter. Since it’s hand-written, I’d hate for that content to be lost in email-only-land. This is just a simple v1, I’m sure we can make these archives even more usable moving forward. Card-based Layout with Featured Images What I like about card-based layouts is that you can limit the width of the card such…

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Thank You (2016 Edition)

Another year in the bag! As we do every year, I’d like to look back at the year by-the-numbers and see how we did. It’s also an opportunity to say how grateful I am to you all. All things considered, the web design and development community is a pretty great one. Lots of sharing and caring. I consistently enjoy working on this site and being a part of the sub-community that happens here. Statistics There were 77 million pageviews this year, up from 73 last year, making it an all-time record breaking traffic year again. The other numbers that Google Analytics coughs up are Sessions (56 million, up from 51 million) and Users (steady at 21 million). No significant peaks throughout the year. Steady as she goes. We published 442 posts and 43 pages (i.e. snippets/videos/almanac entries). I like that pace. We’re publishing content that has a pretty good shelf-life…

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“the stone has been unstuck”

Matt Mullenweg, on the release of a new homepage for WordPress.org, which hasn’t seen a redesign in a long time: What’s on the page today actually isn’t that important, even though it’s better in many ways, the key is that it’s changing again, the stone has been unstuck and can now keep rolling. I like that sentiment. With a redesign, sometimes it’s not so much about the new pixels themselves, but the fact that a workflow is now in place for the work to continue. Direct Link to Article — Permalink “the stone has been unstuck” is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

Basecamp 3 just got a whole lot… simpler

In the year since we launched Basecamp 3 for iOS we’ve shipped 16 releases full of features, improvements and fixes. After all that you might be surprised that the app has gotten simpler, not the other way around.The most recent release is the biggest yet but it doesn’t include a bunch of new features. Instead, it’s a huge step forward in clarity and simplicity. While it’s nearly a complete redesign, it wasn’t planned that way. We never decided to do a “Major Redesign”, we simply started with a hunch that Basecamp could be much simpler. And then we ended up somewhere great.Here’s how we set off with a hunch and arrived somewhere entirely unexpected.It’s full of buttonsThe old Home screen on Basecamp for iOS was the core of the app, the jumping-off point for everything in your projects. It had tabs for Basecamps, Campfires, Pings, and “Hey!”. But that’s not all. It…

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