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Last Build Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:35:49 +0000

 



Site Speed: how to audit and improve

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:28:17 +0000

Is your site fast enough?

User experience is a critical part of any website build or design. And site speed is an important part of that experience. Users want the page to load in few seconds or they lose interest and leave.  This is particularly true for mobile users....

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Don’t be a Jerk: A Humane Approach to Client Management

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:19:08 +0000

My job as COO of Brick Factory is to figure out how to make our company better – part of which is making sure our company’s core values are reflected in the work we do.

In the case of client management, we feel very strongly that being honest,...

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Risky Business: Seven Ways to Avoid Problem Projects

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:36:20 +0000

As the owner of a web development firm, one of my primary jobs is to manage risk.

When taking on new projects, I am betting that we can complete the work in the time we have estimated. If we win our bet, we have solid profit margins and a healthy work environment....

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Webinar: How to Build a Component-based Drupal Site with Stacks

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:35:44 +0000

Update

Here is a video recording of the webinar for those of you who were unable to attend the session.

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The frontend world is buzzing with talk of pattern libraries, atomic design, and component-based design. The benefits of implementing a component-based system have been discussed ad nauseam,...

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“Design Systems, Not Pages” Presentation from MidCamp

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:03:48 +0000

A year or so ago I wrote a blog post, “Design Systems, Not Pages“, that outlines how our design process has evolved over the last few years.  Our primarily design deliverables are now style guides and reusable components, instead of page templates.  As an extension of this new process, we built a Drupal module called Stacks that allows for content mangers to create robust,...

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14 Takeaways from Drupalcon Baltimore

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:51:19 +0000

We went big at Drupalcon Baltimore this year. We were a Silver sponsor of the overall conference, sponsored the nonprofit summit, and half our team attended. We learned a lot and had a great time exploring Baltimore. Here are some reflections on our experience this year.

(1) Our Chief Operating Officer Hannah Del Porto participated in this year’s prenote....

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Four ways to keep your team unblocked and the work flowing

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:40:21 +0000

One of the most challenging parts of running a web development firm is workflow management.  Inevitably members of our Brick Factory team get blocked, meaning they can’t complete their work while they wait on someone else to make a decision or perform a task.  Blocking is a huge problem, as it can result in delays,...

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Twitter: Who, What, When, Where, and Why?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:25:40 +0000

One of our goals in 2017 is to improve our social media strategy. We want data to inform our strategy, understand what content our audience likes best, and identify best practices for posting to our Twitter account.

In order to achieve this, we started reviewing all of our 2016 Twitter content and broke it down into a number of categories and components:

  • Media type: graphic,
  • ...
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Join our team! Summer Internship at Brick Factory

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:51:41 +0000

Are you looking to add some website development or digital marketing experience to your resume? Are you hoping for hands-on experience that stands out to employers? Do you like cornhole? Then come work with us at The Brick Factory!

We’re a team of 20 designers, developers and strategists who build great websites and help non-profits achieve their digital goals....

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The weariness of technology

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:57:36 +0000

It’s been a long day. Eugene O’Neill long and there wasn’t so much as a Tylenol PM in the mix. Most of my days are like this now and it’s not because I’m getting up there according to my weird, blunt doctor. My days are long and harrowing because they are full to the brim with technology....

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