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How We Built It: African Parks Website

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:53:36 +0000

Over the last few years, we have embraced a systems-based approach to website development. Instead of designing and developing page templates, we focus on defining overall styles for a site and creating reusable components called widgets. Widgets are the building blocks that content managers use to build pages.

In my Design Systems,...

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How to Win Followers & Influence People: Influencer Marketing for Nonprofits

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 21:26:46 +0000

Steve Winter: conservation photojournalist, speaker, and most importantly: social media influencer.

A simple endorsement from Steve caused one of our client’s, African Parks’, Instagram following to spike by nearly 90%, in two weeks.

Posts like this aren’t just a great way to increase your following:

  • “Influencer marketing content delivers 11X higher return on investment (ROI),
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Setting up a New Widget with Stacks: a 4-Step Guide

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:15:30 +0000

Hello and welcome to this quick tutorial about working with Stacks.

First of all, you might be wondering: What is Stacks?

Stacks is a Drupal 8 module that allows you, or a content editor, to easily create complex pages.

The main concept around Stacks are the widgets....

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See You at Drupal GovCon

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:58:52 +0000

The countdown has begun! Drupal GovCon is only a week and a half away. We’re looking forward to seeing you all July 31st through August 2nd.

Every summer we send our team up to Bethesda to learn the latest in Drupal site building, front end development, user experience,...

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Three of social media advertising’s best kept secrets

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 20:41:45 +0000

I love Facebook. It’s my favorite way to figure out what doggo is taking the internet by storm this week. In the 11 years or so since I signed up, Facebook has evolved – rolling out new updates every few months. As a user, I hate this. It’ll take me a good week to figure out where things are....

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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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