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  • Expecting the Unexpected, from the blog
    not Now I m stuck with this Why relate this story Shopping at Ikea is a unique experience but it s not fundamentally unlike shopping for any product or service Looking for a firm to build a website identity or product can be as equally harrowing A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away He must have time to modify his shape Mark Twain There are at least three lessons here for anyone shopping for professional services like design technology implementation and strategy Check Your Head First the obvious Don t buy things you don t need While my daughter actually did need a new mattress she didn t need that box spring We could have just as easily used her old mattress as a foundation In fact this is exactly what we did The planet does not need another mattress at the bottom of its seas and the box is going back to the store In the same way when we speak with a prospective client the first item of business is reviewing their assets including identity website and any related technologies If their site is fine we tell them so If their identity or logo can be fixed with a gentle update we tell them that too Inventing work is not only unethical it s a waste of precious time and resources Perfect Planning is Perverse Next Murphy s Law is immutable How could we have imagined that buying a box spring would waste the good part of an afternoon Maybe we should have Our clients expect us to help them not only solve their problems at hand but to within reason anticipate the unexpected During the course of a client engagement most things go very smoothly We develop an online strategy

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/expecting-the-unexpected/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Design
    not received one dollar for it Glaser is currently in his eighty fourth year and still runs Milton Glaser Inc Read more 14 March 19 2014 SEO SOS I do not like SEO 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 engagement for us How do we rationalize the importance of search with the legacy of search engine optimization Let us count four ways Read more 13 March 16 2014 Beyond the Edge We are starting to see a renaissance in the world of design for the web Some may call it a trend but from the perspective of a designer in the profession for many years much of the current designs are being informed by an approach that has been in place for quite some time now The approach is one that maximizes the available space in the browser and is usually characterized by the use of large photography or video The term I will use in identifying this approach to web design is Full Bleed Read more 12 November 11 2013 Generation Foundation and Sustainable Capitalism Back in August we launched a new website for Generation Investment Management s philanthropic arm Generation Foundation Since 2004 the company founded by Vice President Al Gore and former Goldman Sachs co CEO David Blood has created a model for responsible investments combining a traditional research approach with a keen focus on social and environmental responsibility Read more 11 October

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/design/page/6/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Business
    some it was a bit of hell getting this off the ground Page Bureau is quite literally a dream come true and many years in the making Page Bureau is a product based website delivery service nothing like a nicotine delivery system It combines the best of template design with its ease of use and fast on ramping for clients and the best of a professional services firm with its knowledge and understanding of client needs wants and idiosyncrasies With a 500 investment and a bit of writing provided by the client we take all of the guesswork out of creating a simple mobile friendly website that represents a professional s marketing interests Let s face it it s a pain in the arse putting up a website But we do it almost every day The goal of Page Bureau is to help professionals do it without the arse pain Read more 1 December 18 2011 Starbucks and the Muppet Platform Starbucks along with its partner Opportunity Finance Network recently launched a campaign to help create jobs in the U S Entitled Create Jobs for USA the goal is to create new financing for local businesses to help create and sustain jobs It s an innovative framework that deserves consideration Starbucks is donating 5 million to OFN which will in turn provide low cost loans to small businesses in underserved communities Read more October 5 2011 Live R I P Steve Jobs You made design beautiful for the many and asked us to live fully From his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005 Read more August 1 2011 The Vacation In Canada people speak of a holiday where a number of days are set aside to be away from the office Holiday like many wonderful Canadianisms is a remnant of

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  • Technology
    massive growth of social media over the past few years email newsletters have been getting little to no attention as a marketing and communications tool It s pretty clear why Read more 5 June 11 2012 Responsive Web Design Toward A few weeks ago I gave a sold out talk about Responsive Web Design for New Media Manitoba and how recent developments provide unprecedented opportunities to deliver online content Responsive Web Design or RWD is a technique and methodology for both creating and implementing websites that takes into consideration the presentation of the site s interface on a given browser and device Ideally from a design and development standpoint it means we design a website once and let it work everywhere From a client s perspective it means we design one website and let it perform legibly and usefully for all customers And for customers it means a better experience of a given website or web application no mobile apps no m dot insanity e g http m cnn com and fewer performance issues Read more 4 April 2 2012 New Video on Social for NGOs I have a lot of problems with the way that social media is promoted by agencies and designers especially to NGOs and nonprofits more generally In too many cases social is presented as a panacea for building conversation among constituents or fueling development among funders The reality is that social media is still heavily weighted toward a very specific type of media consumer wealthier younger able and active and many nonprofit stakeholders are not well represented Read more 2 March 1 2012 Barack Obama Dot Game Yesterday I had the opportunity to look at the President of the United States website I hadn t seen it in a while and the difference is striking

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/technology/page/6/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Ideas
    by the full page advert that Starbucks took out yesterday in The New York Times The Washington Post and other newspapers In honour of Dr Martin Luther King the ad turns literally turns heads with the most simple of visual messages the alphabet is reversed and the letters m l and k are printed in red The fine print is 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 19 2015 The Idea of Writing As I implied yesterday the act of writing is an act of submission It means creating a time to look hard in the mirror to ask questions of oneself that are not always particularly lovely and to build a space that publicly exposes your thoughts along with all of their flaws It means submitting to the laws of time the gravity of our inherent limits and the whims of public examination But I m going with it because more than ever I believe that content which is really writing let s face it makes all the difference If we think about humans and websites as analogues for a second I would submit yes that humans without words are like websites without content both live but they do not work 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

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/ideas/page/7/ (2016-02-09)
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  • andrew
    of search engine optimization Let us count four ways Read more 12 November 11 2013 Generation Foundation and Sustainable Capitalism Back in August we launched a new website for Generation Investment Management s philanthropic arm Generation Foundation Since 2004 the company founded by Vice President Al Gore and former Goldman Sachs co CEO David Blood has created a model for responsible investments combining a traditional research approach with a keen focus on social and environmental responsibility Read more October 11 2013 B Corp Retreat Backward At the B Corporation conference in Boulder a few weeks ago it felt like there was tremendous change in the air It wasn t directly from the floods which had only recently heavily damaged much of the city and unfortunately created much loss of life and property in the nearby area Rather the community of B Corporations and the B Lab team that made it possible had come together to challenge each other to challenge how modern business is conducted As I ve said before I sought certification for our company because I believe the Mad Men days are over business has a responsibility to generate attractive returns but should also do no harm and should benefit all In fact this is a challenge within a challenge Read more July 14 2013 Welcome Aboard Jory Kruspe I m proud to welcome on board Jory Kruspe to Manoverboard A designer and developer who hails from Toronto via Ottawa Jory brings hefty visual and coding talent to the business Jory has worked in the industry for over ten years and gets the future of online like few others that I ve met Look for his work and influence emerging over the summer You can read his bio on our company page July 6 2013 Not a Boring

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/author/andrew/page/7/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Design
    first a quick introduction is in order I m Daniel Lamb Manoverboard s in house designer developer Over the last six months my web design energies have been focused on two areas using WordPress as a platform for user maintainable websites and making those websites responsive Read more January 10 2013 Our Year in Review Whew It was a busy year that 2012 We laughed We cried Instead of printing annual calendars which I ve been doing since 2002 I decided it was time to give this thing called the Web a shot We put our heads together and came up with an illustrated list of everything important well almost that was accomplished last year I hope you like it Look closely for the animation in the animated gifs The Official Manoverboard Year in Review 2012 Edition 7 December 17 2012 Medium Rare A few weeks ago I received one of those rare opportunities to write for a new publication Granted publications and websites in particular come and go But I ve been following Medium for a little while and I was honored to be asked to participate Started by Ev Williams one of the founders of Blogger and Biz

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/design/page/7/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Page Bureau Launches, from the blog
    of use and fast on ramping for clients and the best of a professional services firm with its knowledge and understanding of client needs wants and idiosyncrasies With a 500 investment and a bit of writing provided by the client we take all of the guesswork out of creating a simple mobile friendly website that represents a professional s marketing interests Let s face it it s a pain in the arse putting up a website But we do it almost every day The goal of Page Bureau is to help professionals do it without the arse pain The Page Bureauiste Professionals doctors lawyers accountants bookkeepers marketers writers and consultants of all stripes are our target audience The Page Bureau concept is built around our observation and market research that though these types of individuals often have financial and technical resources they are also highly underserved in the design marketplace Sure they could get a website via any number of sites and online applications and template retailers but most do not have the time patience or desire to simply deal Cannibalism Why would a design firm create a potentially cannibalistic set of tools for smaller clients We typically charge about 10 000 for a website Aren t we leaving money on the table when Page Bureau sites cost 500 something to the tune of 9 500 The answer is no The Internet has fully disrupted nearly every single industry from music to banking to retail It s now in the process of transforming books movies and healthcare and it won t stop there The Internet levels the playing field in nearly all industries creating massive new risk and reward for those willing to sweat the details We are quickly moving to a place where marketing websites will either be inexpensive

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/page-bureau-launches/ (2016-02-09)
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