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  • Design Process is Human, All Too Human, from the blog
    for a client in about 7 hours It s the sixth day of the YourTurnChallenge a Seth Godin gig I should probably link to his new book which inspired the challenge It s called What to Do When It s Your Turn and It s Always Your Turn and I l be ordering a copy next week After the challenge The question for Day 6 on a day of rest also known as Shabbos among Jews is this Tell us about a time when you surprised yourself I surprised myself because that initial design concept took so little time to execute It came together in a period of a few hours over coffee and probably some Interpol or Kurt Vile And it did so seamlessly with very little pain or gnashing of teeth In retrospect I shouldn t be surprised by this I had actually spent many hours not sleeping over the course of the previous two weeks just thinking about the site and how it should look and work I remember thinking in the middle of night about the imagery the messaging and the key calls to action the site should take on I would get up out of bed create a sketch write some notes and try not to forget the feeling of it all in the morning I also had purchased some new and expensive typefaces for the project and coupled them with the very best imagery I could find I had figured out the relationship between the various components how the colors would work and what the navigation would look like I remember this occurring at the gym on a walk or while reading in the evening In other words I had already spent two or three days of work on the project either ruminating about

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  • Design
    also writ large in the context of the sheer amount of space that that ad takes up It s time to look at things differently Again Read more January 18 2015 Writing for Godot Enough is enough After several years of promising myself and my colleagues that I would be writing more and putting myself out there I m now pulling the trigger The weapon is in front of me and I m staring right into it It kind of looks like a homemade pea shooter Writing is an important part of who I am It s the only way for me to be more fully open and honest to express clearly what I think I believe when I think I believe it Writing and drawing is what I ve done before to make me who I am But I ll focus on the past later Read more 25 October 8 2014 The Future is Now Douglas Coupland s new book entitled Kitten Clone Inside Alcatel Lucent will be released later this month The book has been described as non fiction spin of Microserfs meets JPod and focuses on a rather faceless company Alcatel Lucent that serves as a custodian to the internet Read more 21 August 7 2014 Designing Impact Investment An Overview Design and design thinking has rapidly reshaped traditional business But as social enterprise and philanthropy become filtered through a design lens what are the implications for social impact investment This article is the first in a series covering the intersection of design and impact investment In early 2014 John Maeda left his position as president of the Rhode Island School of Design RISD to become a design partner at renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB Working at the intersection of design

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/design/page/4/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Business
    I tend to believe the latter and here s why Read more January 22 2015 A Sympathizer is a Synthesizer Growing up in suburban Philadelphia in the 1970s we didn t have a lot of fancy Not like kids these days Black and white televisions Shag carpeting Avocado sofas with plastic covers Keds Orange fridges Tang Not much But one thing we did have Fireworks A friend of mine and I in those days of yore would collect small firecrackers and blow things up In particular we liked to use firecrackers to blow up the little crab apples that fell from the tree in our backyard We d take one of those rotten little wormy green red apples off the ground dig a deep hole in them with a stick and force a little firecracker inside Then we d light it and chuck it Read more January 21 2015 Hosting a Website Actually Means Hosting a Company We re working with a client right now which has substantial website development needs It s a big project and we ve been working with them for many months going on a long but pleasurable journey of discovery strategic direction wire framing multiple rounds of design hand coding and custom development Now that we re close to launching the site we ve run up against a hurdle that is all too often smack right in front of us It s called hosting If you Google the word hosting you ll find everything from free e g crap hosting on unserviced servers to 10 per month on reputable ISPs to fully managed virtual or managed hosting adding up to thousands of dollars per month for massive websites It s not uncommon for a company to pay 50 000 or more in a given year

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/business/page/4/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Technology
    s impossible to deny the prevalence of social media platforms such as Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn and blogs Social media has proven to be so powerful that many businesses and non profit organizations have implemented it in their communications and marketing strategies Read more 22 August 26 2014 Is WordPress like Microsoft Word For many years Microsoft Word has been the traditional word processor of choice for students business professionals and anyone looking to create and print a document As the world moves away from print and toward digital publication we compare our personal favourite online publication platform WordPress with the ubiquitous Microsoft Word Read more July 23 2014 How We Stormed the CASL An Email Consent Success Story Dollar for dollar email newsletters provide one of the very best returns on marketing investment Although emails demise has been predicted for 20 years it still stands that well written relevant bits of content delivered directly and ideally regularly to the inboxes of interested subscribers is a winning solution for businesses and nonprofits large and small And the very best email delivery tools such as Campaign Monitor which we have used since its founding and MailChimp as well as their more

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/technology/page/4/ (2016-02-09)
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  • marianne
    it is now powered by Bullfrog Power Canada s leading green energy provider In keeping with our mandate of environmental sustainability Bullfrog Power s generators match the amount of energy used at Manoverboard and inject 100 green electricity back onto the grid The energy comes from clean renewable sources such as wind and low impact hydro power sourced from Canadian renewable energy facilities Canadian households contribute almost half of our

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/author/marianne/page/3/ (2016-02-09)
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  • An Outbound Experience at Inbound 2014, from the blog
    in those elevator doors opened and a huge sigh of relief emanated from the hallway My little joke on Twitter at the time Totally stuck in an elevator at inbound2014 Looking for an Outbound experience Boston Fire Department thank you Andrew Boardman deckchairs September 15 2014 This would not be a particularly interesting story except for this The twelve of us had the ability to open the doors the entire time Like Dorothy being able to go back to Kansas whenever she would like what we didn t know until the firefighters arrived was that all one of had to do was push one lever to the left and the doors would open No axes no ropes and no chains were required One simple lever pushed to the left would open the elevator doors Seek Out Solutions Now This experience made for a powerful lesson for the remainder of the conference Oh Hubspot the event organizer also kindly gave us elevator folks VIP upgrades At nearly every keynote workshop and event at Inbound 2014 speakers spoke of their determination to solve problems by simplifying by being honest and by channeling your fear to create something better The power to change things is often right under your nose or maybe above it Andrew Boardman Guy Kawasaki talked about Steve Jobs ability to refine an object and create a product that everyone would love Malcolm Gladwell spoke of the importance of courage imagination and urgency these three factors are what transformed industries and created opportunity for millions Dan Palotta of Advertising for Humanity noted that the self doubt which can consumes us can also fuel our creativity On the final day of the conference Shiza Shahid founder of the Malala Fund reminded us that we should all look deep within and be

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  • Inbound
    The name a k a Search Engine Optimization reeks of spam and spite It s both unsustainable and relentless SEO has become a practice much maligned by nearly everyone except search engine experts some of whom are less than ethical Nearly everyone who studies the subject thinks they can one up Google and its little sisters Bing and Yahoo However Search Engine Optimization is a focus for nearly every client

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/inbound/page/4/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Manoverboard Becomes a Certified B Corporation, from the blog
    unified by the common goal of redefining success in business By becoming the first Certified B Corporation in the Province of Manitoba we align our own values with an organization that brings together like minded companies to help change the world We actually changed our legal status at the provincial level so that our articles of incorporation reflect this and to ensure that our values are baked in to the corporate DNA As well we created a publicly available Code of Ethics and made other corporate changes with many more to come It s a big deal for us In some ways becoming a B Corporation is about as close as we could get to being a non profit while still running a company As I noted in one of our press releases Our individual lives on the planet are short but our collective impact is long As a company of designers communicators and technologists it s our responsibility to work for organizations that advocate for people without voices and for the environment that sustains us We partner with those who invest in the future and care about how their message gets delivered It is an honor to be in

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/manoverboard-becomes-certified-b-corporation/ (2016-02-09)
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