Atomic Docs: Awesome or Awful?
Designers and developers are increasingly creating style guides to decouple front and backend concerns. Atomic Docs is a new tool that helps you manage your frontend components and generate style guides. We put it to the test to see if it makes the process easier.
What am I Buying? Understand Website Cost & Technology
When you need to make informed decisions about your website, how do you start understanding the many factors that drive website cost? Begin by learning about the technology that powers websites, its value and cost.
Design Vendors Are Destroying Nonprofits!
When organizations view design firms as “vendors” they shortchange the potential in their projects—and the broader impact that can be achieved by working with one. It’s time to make a change.
Creating a User-Friendly CMS
Your audience loves your website. But does the CMS running it make your staff miserable? Admins are users too, so the backend of your website should be built with same attention and thoughtfulness as the frontend.
Strategies to Make Complex Content More Compelling
Complex social, environmental, and economic issues often require communicating with long-form content to achieve impact. What can John Oliver teach us about nuanced narratives that spur audiences to action?
6 Great Data Vizualization Tools in 2016 (Pt 2)
Find the right charting library for you with three more great data-vis tools that span the gamut from simple and straight-forward to complex but powerful.
Content-Heavy Websites: Designing for Density
How can we use type, white space, spacing, and layout design techniques to address the challenges of content-heavy websites—and deepen audiences' engagement with our ideas as a result.
Translating Brand Strategy Into an Effective Website
In a long, multi-disciplinary process, teams need a shared vision that gets everyone pulling in the same direction. Here’s how to make sure you don’t pour time, effort, and money into a website that fails to meaningfully connect audiences to the issues and how you make a difference.
Communications Science & Our Global Climate Change Discourse
Yale’s communication scientists are researching Americans’ attitudes on climate change. Now their respected research and data are reaching a wider audience, with far greater impact.
6 Great Data Vizualization Tools 2016 (Pt. 1)
When communicating with complex data, clear, compelling visualizations are more important than ever. What can the best tools do to help you deepen audiences engagement with data?
5 Insights You Can't Get Without User Research
You may think you know your users well enough to get started without any additional research, but there are lots of insights you can’t get without it. What could user research possibly uncover that you don’t already know?
UX Comics: Visually Communicating User Experiences
An interview with Bonny Colville-Hyde, a User Experience Architect, about UX Comics, and how they visually communicate complex experiences and research
How Brand Strategy Improves the Website Design Process
As purposeful as organizations tend to be about developing the strategies and actions needed to drive change, they should be equally focused on the decisions that determine whether their websites contribute to those goals.
Choosing the Right Web Hosting Platform
Today’s Web Hosting is a frontier of technologies and standards—choosing the right hosting can be difficult. Know your options.
Managing the Content Development Process
Great design and an engaging user experience make for an effective website. But without equally great content you’ve got little to show. Developing a detailed timeline and process for content creation, migration, and entry is crucial for any website redesign.
Technology and the RFP Dance
Preparing a website RFP and have technology questions? Having a technical expert helping your team evaluating proposals during the process can save you from twirling out of control.
A Quick, Responsive Grid System with Flexbox
CSS layout has a storied past. From tables to floats and now Flexbox. In this article I’ll give a brief description of how you can build a reuseable and responsive grid system with Sass and Flexbox.
Essential Brand Management Tools and Techniques
Brand Managers play an important role in nonprofits and educational organizations. In order to succeed, they need to define their responsibilities and use tools that get results.
Switching to Drupal 8 - Taking the Plunge
Drupal 8 brings a lot of exciting new changes to the Drupal ecosystem. But is it the right choice for your new website? Or if you already have a Drupal site, does it make sense to upgrade to 8? Well, that all depends.
Best Practices for Online Reports: HTML-First Publishing
The Case for an HTML-driven Workflow and How To Make It Work Better for Your Organization