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  • Design
    in the Sydney Morning Herald today finishes with this Read more June 15 2011 Angry Birds and 9 11 Not unlike the over 140 million other Angry Birds players I ve found the game to be both calmly exhilarating and g d damn maddening It s got that special combination of clear beautifully drawn graphics a simple and very sensitive set of tools and a quick reward system that is probably not that different from smoking rainbow crack I ve gotten quite good at the game I don t aim 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 of collective reaction against those who flew their planes into Western civilization on 9 11 We the birds take out a little bit of vengeance upon those sitting useless imprisoned animals by flying ourselves into them A little bit of

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  • Ideas
    profit organization needs a strong online presence Most people do research before donating or getting involved with a particular cause and they ll likely make online searches their first stop Here are a few factors that make a non profit site successful Read more 19 June 25 2014 5 Lessons for Designing a Good University Website As high school students prepare to graduate at the end of this month many of them are contemplating the next step in their education Having recently donned a cap and gown for my own college convocation it made me think back to my initial exploration of higher education after graduating high school With copious post secondary institutions offering a seemingly endless array of degree and diploma programs choosing the right one for me was a daunting task In today s digital world I turned to the web to conduct research on finding the right college or university As someone who has many years of post secondary education under her belt I have spent a great deal of time navigating school websites in search of important information pertaining to courses student services and school functions These online searches were often frustrating and fruitless I m sure many of my fellow students would agree that in many cases university and college websites are simply not user friendly Read more June 24 2014 New Anti Spam Legislation Coming Soon You may have recently noticed an influx of emails in your inbox from organizations that you receive digital newsletters from This is due to new anti spam laws implemented in Canada that are taking effect on July 1st The new legislation also known as CASL for Canadian Anti Spam Legislation requires all organizations and businesses to obtain consent from subscribers to continue sending electronic communications Since the work

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  • andrew
    to basics with a key focus on honesty and integrity and the numerous key issues his administration is focused upon It s nice work and politically astute The campaign and its site are one and the same both feature Mr Obama s tightly balanced position his accomplishments and recent record and his connection to his country Read more January 15 2012 Natel Energy Calculates We ve been privileged to work with Natel Energy a company developing new and fish friendly technologies for generating electricity across water drops The company built a reputation for commercial innovation challenging the perception that hydropower products must be large and energy consuming in order to be valuable With its products distributed widely across many agricultural and other localities Natel s products have the capacity to offer truly low cost and emission free energy to the grid throughout the world Read more December 29 2011 Happy 2012 Although I m very saddened by the death of Václav Havel it s nevertheless inspiring to hear his words repeated over the past few weeks An article in the Sydney Morning Herald today finishes with this Read more 1 December 18 2011 Starbucks and the Muppet Platform Starbucks along

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  • Happy 2012, from the blog
    his words repeated over the past few weeks An article in the Sydney Morning Herald today finishes with this Before the eastern bloc collapsed few people imagined it would happen But history can be surprising In 2012 Australians have a choice We can use our wealth wisely reduce carbon emissions make an imaginative effort to stand in the shoes of an asylum seeker set a wholesome example for our children

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  • Ideas
    that up here in Canada we are falling behind in terms of resource conservation Read more 16 May 2 2014 Expecting the Unexpected Our family has a small sunlit and enclosed front porch where during the three warm months of the year in Canada we can sit and relax and watch the world go pretty happily by It s lovely That is the sitting and relaxing part is lovely not so much the old couch that sits there We knew we needed a change And Ikea was the default for a simple replacement Ikea is a form of loveable purgatory You arrive full of energy buoyancy and excitement and ten minutes in you start to feel enervated crowded and unsure The Ikea experience is built upon finding the unexpected and locating something new and even unnervingly useful It does not typically stem from finding the product for which you actually came We saw love seats and small couches in many styles and configurations and not surprisingly none of them quite were quite right Read more 15 April 11 2014 Sustainability by Design When it comes to sustainability one thing that gets overlooked is seeing it in terms of individual happiness and health in relationship to career I believe that the concept of sustainability should be broadened to incorporate not only the way our actions impact the planet but how individuals and their choice of career can benefit our health and humanity A great example of someone who has pursued such a sustainable career is Milton Glaser If you are not familiar with the man you have probably seen his work at a museum or in nearly any book on modern graphic design Glaser s most visible and recognizable piece is the I Love New York logo which he designed in

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  • andrew
    again My sensibility and sensitivity to the brief beauty of Canadian summers has changed over the years I now take longer segments of time in the summer amounting to a kind of holiday Wishing you a very happy mid summer July 13 2011 Counterfeiting and Love I recently purchased a work of art on eBay by a well known American artist It was extremely inexpensive which likely means that the drawing is a total 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 the wrought linework the mastery over the materials and the framing of the subject on the page It s gorgeous Do I pursue the truth of this piece of art Not yet I m better off in the pleasure dome June 23 2011 Start Small and Think Big Of late I ve been working with a number of smart clients and prospective clients that have big ideas and want big sites They know that their competitors are developing online models for products and services that use sophisticated 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

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  • Ideas
    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 18 2013 Canada s Newest Convention Centre Website The Convention Centre of the Future A few weeks ago we launched an all new website for the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg highlighting the upcoming expansion of the facility and showcasing the massive investment in convention infrastructure in Winnipeg This is one of the most complex responsive websites that we have produced to date The website features prominent photography webfonts from Hoefler Frere Jones a Manoverboard first customized Google calendar feeds slideshows an archive of downloadable documents interactive maps and four unique levels of navigation Oh yeah and everything is responsive meaning that the site needs to elegantly adapt to nearly all mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets I ll elaborate below on how we overcame some of these challenges and some of the decisions we made to ensure content is delivered easily 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

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  • Ideas
    conscious capitalists that have earned B Corporation Certification include Ben Jerry s Patagonia and Etsy As of this writing there are currently more than 775 Certified B Corporations globally with 74 in Canada across 60 industries and 25 countries 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 Read more 10 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

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