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Easily Update Your Website with a Content Management System

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More and more, we find the clients for which we design websites want as much control as possible after launch. Enter the “CMS” or content management system. There are a number of systems that can be used, each with their advantages and disadvantages. In most cases, Stone Ward prefers to use the Drupal platform, because:… Read more >>

SXSW 2015: Key Takeaways

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The South by Southwest Interactive Conference and Festival has come to an end. Five days of discussions, predictions, technology launches and workshops have concluded. With the number of sessions and diversity of topics covered, it is impossible to know everything from the conference. However, based on the sessions and conversations I attended, the top takeaways… Read more >>

SXSW 2015: Drones, Crazy Helmets & Stilts

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SXSW can be overwhelming. With more than 20 different options every single hour, for every session you get into, you’re bummed about the other ones what you’re missing! But I digress, here a few of the sessions I attended today: Gaming the Hospital for High-Quality Patient Care This was a panel about how to get… Read more >>

A/B Testing Removes the Guesswork

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One of the most useful applications of measuring analytics online is the ability to iterate – or change – your site’s design, structure and content in ways that lead directly to your goals. If you want your customers to complete an action (buy a product, fill out a form, request more information) then you ignore… Read more >>

Web Design Tools of the Future

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The web design world has been dominated by Photoshop for years. Photoshop is a great tool, but it’s too much for web design. New tools have emerged in the last few years that focus on design for the web. Let’s take a look at a few of these tools. Sketch Sketch is a powerful vector… Read more >>

HTML 5 Minesweeper in an Hour

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We heard that some development shops have an interview exam where they ask interviewees to create a Minesweeper clone in an hour, or maybe it was two hours, we’re not totally sure. After talking about it a bit with the team, debating whether it was easy or hard, whether it could be done or not,… Read more >>

Building a Spotify Playlist Can Make Your Brand Rock

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Music makes our lives so much richer, doesn’t it? Such a powerful art form, music is inseparable from our social fabric, and has been from the beginning of human existence. We use it to enjoy life. To create a mood or alter one. To woo or to break-up. To persuade or to protest. It’s also… Read more >>

My First SXSW: Day One

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Well the first day of SXSW was full of bus rides, seminars, and walking, lots of walking. There is so much to take in that it gets hard and even overwhelming to decide what to put on the schedule. I attended panels, talks, booths, and product demos. Social media seems to be a strong focus…. Read more >>

Trends in E-books and Self Publishing

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One of my favorite authors, Hugh Howey, just published a great report highlighting some important trends in the publishing industry. For those not yet familiar with Howey, his self-published book Wool via Amazon was enormously successful. Starting off relatively unknown, it became an underground hit, then broke out and reached the New York Times Best… Read more >>