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A Freshly Baked White Paper: Responsive Design for Drupal

Just over a year ago, we released our secret recipe for responsive web design to Drupal chefs. Now, we are back with an updated cookbook in the form of a revised white paper and a blog post laden with even MORE cooking metaphors.

Just over a year ago, we released our secret recipe for responsive web design to Drupal chefs. Now, we are back with an updated cookbook in the form of a revised white paper and a blog post laden with even MORE cooking metaphors.

Know What’s Working Before You Start a Website Redesign (Hint: Check the Data)

Website analyticsIf you've been managing a site for years, you probably have a strong understanding of what’s working and what’s not...or do you?

Understanding your site analytics is key to making smart decisions about your website and content priorities. Without good data, misconceptions can creep up and hinder you from getting a true sense of site performance – and ultimately, your ability to create a great site. Conducting an analytics review with data collected via Google Analytics, social media, and email traffic offers crucial clarity that you can use before undertaking a redesign project.

 

 

Impactful, Interactive Designs from 2013

The past year has been a time of exciting growth and opportunity for our Interactive Design practice at Forum One. We grew our headcount by three (Michael, Marina, and Daniel) and continue to partner with mission-driven clients that are out there to change the world.

As we’ve reflected on the past year, our team took some time over the last month to look back on a few of the projects we undertook, the lessons we learned and the trends we expect to continue in 2014. Below you'll find our team's observations and insights:

As we reflect on our creative work over the past year, the Forum One Interactive Design team took a moment to look back on the projects they undertook, along with those lessons and trends that we expect to continue in 2014. 

A Quick How-to Guide for Modeling Structured Content

Somewhere in the world a design project starts: Requirements are gathered...stakeholders interviewed...audiences identified. Depending on your organization, there might even be interactive workshops to tease out useful information in the phase we at Forum One call Discovery.

How it fits into your project lifecycle...(hint, it starts with a plan!). 

Mega Menu Best Practices

Over the last few years mega menus have come into increasing popularity, but in the process they’ve ignited some controversy within the design community. Mega menus are large navigation panels that typically drop down or fly out from a global nav bar. While they certainly aren’t appropriate for every site, mega menus can create a great navigation experience for a user when done well.

Over the last few years mega menus have come into increasing popularity, but in the process they’ve ignited some controversy within the design community. Mega menus are large navigation panels that typically drop down or fly out from a global nav bar. While they certainly aren’t appropriate for every site, mega menus can create a great navigation experience for a user when done well.

How To Review Prototypes Created In Proty

Fast effective prototyping is imperative to making any new web product. Proty is a Forum One designed interactive wireframing tool that can be fully customized for designers. In this screencast of a Proty prototype I have provided a quick demonstration of how to:

In this screencast I have provided a quick demonstration of how to change the view in your browser to replicate mobile phones, tablets, and desktops, and access design rationale and other notes in Proty.

 

The Hidden Whys: Understanding Feedback on Design

“Make the logo bigger. While you’re at it, can you make the whole design more blue? And why does the page have to be so long? What about the fold?”

Interactive designers get feedback the same feedback over and over and it has frustrated us to no end. A novice reaction is to just say, “Oh, they don’t get design,” and dismiss it, while cracking open the transform tool in Photoshop to make that logo bigger, grumbling all the way. This attitude just leads to more poor communication and eventually you are unable to explain to the client why the design is not as strong anymore.

A Web Designer's Burden: Conveying Truth

This year has been filled with fascinating articles in the news that bring attention to photo manipulation. A rather benign example occurred during the reporting of the Oscars. Take a close look at the photos below. Do you remember which dress the FLOTUS actually wore?

This year has been filled with fascinating articles in the news that bring attention to photo manipulation. A rather benign example occurred during the reporting of the Oscars. Take a close look at the photos below. Do you remember which dress the FLOTUS actually wore?

Forum One's Responsive Prototyping Tool (Proty) Gets an Update

We have great news! Forum One just made a bunch of updates to our responsive prototyping tool, Proty, to make it even easier for you to explore solutions to your digital communication challenges.

The new version of the Proty HTML prototyping Firefox extension has been released. This version features several improvements including:

We have great news! Forum One just made a bunch of updates to our responsive prototyping tool, Proty, to make it even easier for you to explore solutions to your digital communication challenges.

Serve It Up: Frameworks for Creating Content in Communities

Project Director Michaela Hackner often, blogs, speaks, and presents on content strategy. The Nonprofit Technology Network originally published this post, co-authored by project manager Leah Stern, online at NTEN.org and it is cross posted below with permission.

During a recent presentation, NPR shared that their number one competitor was Pandora. Huh. NPR is a well-established news organization; Pandora, on the other hand, is a community of music lovers that share their data to shape online "radio stations."

During a recent presentation, NPR shared that their number one competitor was Pandora. Huh. NPR is a well-established news organization; Pandora, on the other hand, is a community of music lovers that share their data to shape online "radio stations." Content curation is the process of gathering, organizing, and highlighting the best content for a particular theme or audience, regardless of where it was originally created or posted online. 

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