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  • andrew
    May 30 2013 Page Bureau Launches A week ago we launched Page Bureau a new product meant to help professionals get online faster and better As a service focused business that puts clients first and foremost and probably then 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 9 April 10 2013 Black White and Read GDC Membership Brochure In my spare time I serve on the board of the provincial chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada The national organization started in 1956 provides advocacy resources and certification for practicing designers and educators throughout the country and works very hard on behalf of its members It is the only national organization that acts as a voice for design in and for Canada and promotes ethical and sustainable business practices 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

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/author/andrew/page/8/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Medium Rare, from the blog
    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 Stone one of the founders of Twitter Medium aims to provide a range of new and diverse ideas through a website where writing and reading are the primary activities At the present there are no ads no social media functionality though you do need a Twitter account to sign in naturally and no comments The clean interface designed for legibility and usability makes the consumption of the website a joy Ev Williams writes in his introduction Medium is based on the belief that the sharing of ideas and experiences is what moves humanity forward The Internet is the greatest idea sharing tool ever imagined but we ve only scratched the surface of what it s capable of Thus far I have written a few pieces you can find my bald head in a circle here including What Not to Do to Medium which goes into why I think Medium should change but only slightly at least at first I also write a piece called There Goes the Ecosystem about the use of ecological terms to

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/medium-rare/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Design
    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 3 April 2 2012 Readability and Type There s a very interesting discussion going around the important Web right now about the differences between two similar services Instapaper and Readability These services allow committed readers of websites to bookmark save and read in clear distraction free articles of all kinds including this one With a push of a button these two applications strip out a plethora of advertising navigation logos colors and other visual detritus and create a simple and linear page for reading and reading well 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 While previously the site was focused on idealism and possibility now it s entirely focused on the campaign The site does a beautiful job of depicting Mr Obama s biographic material in a friendly and generous way The large open e g HOPE like space of previous days is gone today it s back to basics with a key focus on honesty and integrity and

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/design/page/8/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Counterfeiting and Love, from the blog
    fake Yet the reviews of this particular seller on eBay were nearly 100 positive And the work now that I ve had a chance to inspect it under harsh light looks 100 real If there s anything wrong with it it s the crease across the center because the drawing was sent in a cheap padded envelope with cardboard and exposed tape In the land of the simulacrum fake profiles five stars Photoshop love and free downloads it s pretty hard to figure out what is and is not real We all know that something like Schiller s Liquor Bar in New York with its haute European feel and hints of intimacy is as fake as the Pirates of the Caribbean ride But the décor and the longing it creates for customers like me are real The true picture of the past flits by The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again Walter Benjamin The thing is I love this little drawing Fake or not it s mine And it reminds me of everything I appreciate about the artist the attention to detail

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/counterfeiting-and-love/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Start Small and Think Big, from the blog
    analytics tools for building community and big doses of social media It s not as if these things are impossible to do for a new site In fact in many cases it may be called for However most of the time adding new technologies widgets social media tools blogs calendars and keywords is a massive waste of time and resources especially for a new site and a new company We always try to be an advocate for our clients and most of the time the advice is this Start Small Think Big When I worked on one client s first e commerce site we deliberately showcased less than 100 products We went with non sized merchandise that would help to capture the imagination of customers and gain some traction via search The limited number of products also provided actionable data around what was and what was not selling using the crummy analytical tools that were available in combination with visitor feedback We went on to build out the site that could accommodate many thousands of products and the client developed an internal infrastructure that could handle both fulfillment and support The lessons are two fold First when thinking about a

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/start-small-and-think-big/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Angry Birds and 9/11, from the blog
    to gain all three stars on every level Nor do I expect to find every banana pineapple or cheeseball hidden in the various untagged boxes and ungainly brush It s a democratic game if anything nearly anyone can afford a few dollars and a few moments of time will find the investment well worthwhile At the same time I can t help but think that Angry Birds represents some kind

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/angry-birds-and-911/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Ideas
    one that was announced today might be the closest to our hearts Today Manoverboard was named as an honoree on the B Corp Best for Workers list We have earned an employee impact score in the top 10 of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment the comprehensive assessment of a company s impact on its workers community and the environment that is used to certify B Corporations Read more 23 September 15 2014 Top 5 Reasons Why Non Profits Should Use Social Media Today it 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 21 August 7 2014 Designing Impact

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/ideas/page/9/ (2016-02-09)
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  • andrew
    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

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/author/andrew/page/9/ (2016-02-09)
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