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This is a blog of ideas. And it's a blog of ideas about ideas. Step inside for a glimpse of what's new and what's next. We'll hold the door open for you.

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 >>

Building Your Perfect Bracket

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I was thrilled when my boss here at Stone Ward asked me to write a blog post on March Madness and get an early start on our contribution to the $1.7 billion in lost productivity created by the NCAA Basketball Tournament this year. Every March, sports fans are inundated with expert tournament bracket picks, simulations and odds. I wanted… Read more >>

SXSW 2015: The Rise of the GIF, the Strategy of BuzzFeed

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Before giving you a recap of two of the sessions I attended today, I wanted everyone to see the real SXSW experience: standing  in line. See anyone you know?   Behind the GIF: The Future of Online Visual Culture This was a panel discussion featuring the heads of giphy.com and imgur.com, two online curators of GIFs; short, silent… Read more >>

SXSW 2015: Prototyping the User Experience

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If a website takes four seconds or more to load, 25-percent of visitors will abandon the site before it fully loads. We have very little time to make impressions on site visitors and convince them to stay and engage with us. This might explain why there was no shortage of interest in a discussion at… 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 >>

A Review of Node.js Content Management Systems

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The big question: is there a Node.js based CMS with capabilities similar to Drupal’s custom content types and views, which we could fit into our agency workflow. What we’re looking for… Easy Install Process: We want to be able to place files on the server, provide a database, and then have a working CMS where… Read more >>

Year-end Web Tech Roundup

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This is the season to think about shopping, Christmas, and looking back at the year that’s almost over. Here are a few links that connect all of those things and web work. Check it out! Whether you want to be a smarter holiday shopper by knowing how to identify a quality web store, you’re a… Read more >>

What Went Wrong With Healthcare.gov?

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It’s not easy to tell at this point where things went wrong. Partisan interests try to spin this to their political goals. Government contractors try to pass the blame. Media pundits don’t understand technology. I’ll try to sort it all out here, and present a few lessons we can learn that apply to all web… Read more >>

Design & Development, Together at Last

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The following conversation takes place between myself and Chris Earls, one of Stone Ward’s Senior Developers. Even though we come from different sides of the tracks, (job-function-wise) the conversation was quite civil.   Kyle: In the early days of the internet, design was design and development was development. (Yes, I see the irony in calling… Read more >>

5 Sites for Design Inspiration

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The web is chock full of ways to waste time. It’s also chock full of talented people with interesting ideas that you can use to inspire you in your work, no matter what you do for a living. Here are 5 of the sites that I have in my daily feed.   Colossal  (thisiscolosal.com) Colossal… Read more >>

Physics Fun in the Browser

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A few years ago everybody with a nice phone or a tablet went crazy over Angry Birds, a 2D rigid body physics simulation based on the open source Box2D (http://box2d.org/about/) engine. While the fun cartoonish artwork of birds and pigs were a factor in the success of that game series, what players really loved was… Read more >>

Experiments From The Brains At Google

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While at SXSW 2012, I reported on some digital innovations that Google had been working on with their Chrome Experiments and Art, Copy & Code platforms. Alot of interesting things have been happening on those platforms since then that brands and marketers should be paying attention to. Here are just two of many, many cool… Read more >>

Google Mail and Docs Tips and Tricks

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Here at Stone Ward, we use Google for our corporate email and make extensive use of Google Docs. So do some of our clients. That’s why I thought it would be useful to share a few neat things most people don’t know you can do with Gmail and Google Docs. Enjoy! Unlimited Google Mail aliases:… Read more >>

Why CSS is Awesome!

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Illustration by Ana Luczynski Way back in the Pleistocene Epoch, the early cave-dwellers built websites by slicing-and-dicing Photoshop files and dropping all those slices into an html table. We don’t do that anymore. Almost everything designers create in Photoshop (stuff like drop shadows, gradients, glows, etc.) does not get used in the final design; we… Read more >>

Does Your Site Need an SSL Certificate?

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What does an SSL certificate do? SSL puts the “s” in the https:// part of URLs, and puts the little lock symbol in the URL bar that indicates that your site is secure in most browsers. On a technical level, SSL certificates are a strong form of encryption and identity verification. Normal web traffic can… Read more >>