As your website reaches a larger audience, you should become more interested in ensuring that your site meets the needs of a diverse audience. Some of your audience will rely on tools like screen readers to be able to consume your content and activate your site’s features. Continue reading
Bolt is a PHP-based open-source content management system. It sets itself apart with its modern design philosophy and use of standard PHP libraries.
We recently launched a new site for Vera Water and Power, and we built it with Bolt. I am so happy with how the site turned out, from a UI, content, and design perspective.
In this post, I’ll explain why we chose Bolt, how it helped the site succeed, and why it was so fun to work with.
Facebook organic reach for business pages has been plummeting, it’s true. In fact, probably a whole 3 percent of your Facebook followers are seeing your posts. Let’s face it, in the swelling tide of Facebook content, all status posts’ organic reach will be on the decline.
What’s a business Page to do? Be solution oriented!
When a customer comes to us requiring a mobile-friendly version of their site, we provide them with two options:
- Retrofit their existing site with a responsive addition
- Create a new site with responsive built-in from the beginning
Let’s look at the differences and how each might be the right choice for your site.
Why are your website’s analytics so important?
The goal of any website is to attract visitors and then show them the information they are looking for and that you want them to see. They want access as quickly and easily as possible.
In order to to do this, programmers and designers follow basic rules and guidelines to remove roadblocks and shepherd users through content in the best possible way. Continue reading
Setting Up Google Analytics On Your Website Tutorial
Did you recently set up Google Analytics but don’t know how to install it on your site? All you really need is your website’s FTP credentials, and an FTP program. Read on to learn how to install Google Analytics yourself.
Truth is, when a website designer can get their hands on your content BEFORE they get started on your website design, you get a better website design by providing your content to your website designer before you start the process. Content first equals better design.
Well, maybe two times better, but that’s still a huge amount of better when it comes to what your eyes stare at all day.
Summary: use Authy or Google Authenticator to make it impossible to steal your online accounts
Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is the easiest and most fun way to protect your most important online accounts, like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter.
Websites security breaches happen all the time, and there are still plenty of sites which don’t securely store user passwords. If you use 2FA, your account is protected even if someone has your password.
And why is this fun? Because every time you use it, you’ll feel like a secret agent, knowing that your accounts are secured and that only you can access them.
How two-factor authentication works: one extra step
- Enter username
- Enter password
- Enter one-time code from an app on your phone. You can choose to do this only once per computer, even if you log out.
It’s like having a constantly-changing additional password that only you can see.
So for someone to login as you, they’d need both your password, and physical access your phone. Not one or the other, but both. The way you get your one-time code varies by the account you’re logging into. Many services (Google, Microsoft, Dropbox) use a standard which is compatible with 2FA apps like Authy and Google Authenticator. Others (Facebook, Twitter) send a text message or have their own app.
What accounts support 2FA?
Most of your major accounts already have 2FA support – you just need to enable it. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, and Microsoft all support 2FA. Your bank probably already forces you to use some kind of 2FA whenever you log in on a new computer. Maybe they send you an email or a text message with a one-time code.
The 2FA compatibility list shows which accounts provide 2FA, and by what means. It’s community maintained and is the most up to date list.
Protip: Authy is the coolest authenticator app
Authy is the best for several reasons. Compared to Google Authenticator:
- Authy is free. So is Google Authenticator.
- Authy stores all your 2FA accounts in one place, with nice icons for each. Google Authenticator shows a plain text name for each account.
- Authy syncs accounts across devices, for example, a tablet and a phone. Google Authenticator must be set up per device.
- Authy is easy to set up on a new phone. Just install the app and use your phone number or email to log in. Then you’ll see a list of code generators for all your accounts that are registered with Authy. If you use Google Authenticator and want to switch phones, you’ll have to set up all your accounts individually on the new phone.
- You can (and should) protect Authy with a PIN. So even if someone is using your phone, they won’t be able to see your one-time codes. Google Authenticator doesn’t have a PIN option.
Extra bonus: use 2FA on your own site
Did you know 2FA can even be used on your own custom software install, like WordPress or a custom CMS? We’re experts at custom web development and would be interested in integrating two-factor authentication into your website’s login process via the Authy API.
CIVIC THEATRE 2014-15 SEASON ARTWORK UNVEILED
Early in January, Spokane Civic Theatre chose Design Spike®, Inc. to produce the marketing materials and branding for their 2014-15 season. At the same time, Todd Zyph accepted a position with Design Spike. What better way to start a new relationship than marketing theatre?
Todd reviewed previous theatre marketing materials from Civic and other theatres and worked with Jim Humes at the Spokane Civic Theatre, Chris Wooley at Heads and Tails Photography, and Allyson Shoshana at Design Spike to determine the right “feel” for the new season.
“I’ve got to admit there was a pretty steep learning curve when I first got involved with Civic Theatre. I am not the kind of guy that regularly attends community theatre. I’ll be honest, I have never once seen a live play unless you count the Christmas production I was in back in the sixth grade. I wasn’t going to let that slow me down, so I dove right in,” Todd says.
BREAK OUT THE BRUSHES:
The models were photographed by Chris Wooley, who did a great job pulling emotion (or over-emotion) out of them. The raw images were amazing and worked perfectly with the overall concept Todd had developed to brand for marketing the theatre season. In order to differentiate the new season from the previous season, the overall design aesthetic was intended to represent the artistic nature of theatre.
Todd says, “I brushed up on my Photoshop skills, broke out the digital paint brushes and got to work turning Chris’ images into digital paintings.” Subject matter and backgrounds were added and subtracted as needed.
GETTING DOWN WITH TYPOGRAPHY:
Once the “paintings” were completed, the focus turned to typography and the titles of the plays and musicals. While there are a number of “logo packs” available for many theatre productions, to create a consistent look and feel for each show while demonstrating the personality of the production, new vector typography was created.
The shows each had their own identity and typography that fit in with the overall theme of the season. The following are the vectors Design Spike created for the show titles:
TYING ALL THE THEATRE MARKETING TOGETHER:
The main goal for the overall look and feel of Spokane Civic Theatre’s 2014-15 season theatre marketing was to provide a clean, consistent design aesthetic throughout all of the theatre’s marketing pieces. This was accomplished by choosing a simple two-color palette to represent the season. The color palette ties everything together and allows individual theatre productions to stand on their own.
Below are a couple of the spreads from the new season brochure (which should be printed any day now) and a redesign of the website (which should launch within the next month):
MORE TO COME:
Design Spike has been and continues to be excited about developing the marketing and branding collaterals for the 2014-15 season at Spokane Civic Theatre. Jim Humes, Managing Director of Civic Theatre says,
“I am pleased with the quality of work and design created by Design Spike. Their grasp of a community theatre’s needs helped make this season’s branding a smooth process with beautiful results. Spokane Civic Theatre looks forward to a long-term relationship with Design Spike. They have more than successfully met our needs”.
Yes, there is more art to come. Keep your eyes peeled for additional print and marketing materials over the course of the next year / season!
And don’t forget to go to the theatre!
To see more on the 2014-2015 theatre marketing, check out Civic’s launch blog.