Our Managing Director Greg welcomed a class of Bachelor students from HEC Montréal. They came to learn how the cookie crumbles in Switzerland's web development industry and fork up some entrepreneurial spirit. Merci pour la visite and good luck with the completion of your academic path!
Diligent followers of our social media activities will have noticed that we moved out of Technopark. The meticulous planned conversion of the location, it used to be a Restaurant, went to plan and we are pleased to share some impressions of our new home at Förrlibuckstrasse 30.
Further images can be found on our Facebook page.
We're happy to announce the launch of a new client project: Switzerland Global Enterprise.
Despite the successful partnership we have barely shed any light into the work we have done for this great organization. Formerly known as OSEC, the organization represents the interests of Switzerland's export industry, import program and in a third function manages the country's location promotion efforts. In order to streamline the public appearance of these units, the organization opted to rebrand.
From a technical point of view the trusted foundation of Drupal 6 only underwent minor changes, since the focus of this release lays on the necessary adjustments to meet the organization's new corporate design.
Since the page's initial release, a blog with enhanced community features, it has grown to handle 35,000 nodes in four different languages. In the meantime it has incorporated the organization's old web site in order to become their main presence on the world wide web. This makes Switzerland Global Enterprise the perfect show case to illustrate the versatility which Drupal possesses.
Finally: By May 1st we will be moving within Zurich West into a beautiful and spacious office. Besides being very excited, we are currently on the look out for a friendly subleaser.
Here are some cornerstones of your possible new office:
- In the heart of the Zurich West
- Public transport services are in walking distance
- 93m² which are divided into two rooms (49m² & 44m²)
- Freshly renovated with a hardwood floor
- Own entrance
- Tea kitchen
- Access to the shared 100m² roof terrace with a stunning view over Zurich
Preferably you and your team have a similar mindset to us and complement our service offerings.
Interested? Contact Dania Gerhardt (+41 79 770 17 91 or dania [at] amazeelabs [dot] com) for more information!
Alpine Select, one of our latest releases, was built for the eponymous and publicly listed investment company in co-operation with Christoph "Laser" Jaggi. He chose Amazee Labs as development partner and signed himself responsible for the requirement engineering and project management.
The Drupal 7 combo might look "modest / conservative / business / discreet" at first but do not make the mistake to judge the book by its cover. The system is fully stock exchange compliant and takes the reporting duties to the edge with Twitter as an integral reporting channel. Read more about IT and SIX Swiss Exchange compliance in today's article on Inside IT. The new web presence consists of the following major requirements:
- Display of the company profile
- Automatic provision of the reporting infos, required by law, to the Swiss Stock Exchange Authorities. (e.g. Ad hoc release in compliance with SIX)
- Generation of printable Monthly- and Quarterly Reports.
- Provision of financial data to current and potential professional investors. (e.g. Performance charts)
LikeMag, our youngest client release, has hit the web and is ready to receive YOUR contribution. It is a platform for sharing the best and funniest social media content that you can find out there. Just post your gems on the LikeMag page and add to the commons of endless amusement, infinite scrolling functionality included.
In the last few years the market share of smartphones has significantly increased. It is probably safe to say that you own a smartphone that has become essential to your life. Besides using it for traditional tasks such as calls and text messages, you'll be browsing the web too. In fact smartphones have become our favorite tool to look for information online, just check Luke Wrobleski's blog post.
Since most mobile devices have a different screen size, it's apparent that the traditional desktop approach to web design cannot provide a satisfactory mobile experience. And this is where Responsive Web Design comes in. Responsive Web Design automatically adapts the content of a website to the screen size of your iPad, iPhone, dektop screen or even a huge flatscreen TV.
When did responsive design go mainstream? With Ethan Marcotte's groundbreaking article ‘Responsive Web Design’. He demanded a rethink. We have to stop making the web behave like print design. Despite the fact that there are many similarities between print and the web as media, we have to bear in mind that “the web is inherently an unstable medium”, with one specific characteristic: it does not own a fixed size.
Brad Frost has genuinely visualized the problem
Image by Brad Frost
Having said all that, it might be help to show a few examples. Take the following websites and check if they are responsive is by resizing the browser window. Grab the bottom-right corner and move it around with your mouse.
- Ethanmarcotte.com: of course the first website I would like to mention is Ethan Marcotte’s website, coiner of the phrase “Responsive Web Design” in 2010. A simple and straight to the point responsive website.
- The Boston Globe: the Boston Globe is the largest responsive website to date. It manages loads of content easily, keeping it intuitive and accessible from any kind of device.
- Steve Fisher: Steve is a user experience designer. His website shows how you can play around with a responsive website. For example, have a look at Steve’s face from the different devices!
- Amazee Labs: last but not least, our wonderful website is also responsive! Therefore you can easily access it from your computer at work, from your mobile device or ipad/tablet.
Responsive Web Design teaches us that rows can become columns and viceversa; a menu bar can become a drop down bar, and videos and pictures can be resized depending on the size of the screen we access the website. Of course there is some technical magic behind all these features, but it’s all worth it!
Going back to our mobile devices, Gartner has predicted that in 2013 they will soon overcome desktop devices as the most common place to access the web. According to Sam, we need to keep Responsive Web Design principles in our mind and start treating the web as its own medium, designing for mobile first and building our sites progressively. Only in this way we will be able to build websites that are best viewed in any web enabled device.
Hooray, we are happy to announce the launch of our latest project. Get Active is a fundraising project of the Biovision Foundation, a charitable organization which aims to improve the life for people in Africa while conserving the environment as the basis for all life.
Getactive.ch is a fundraising platform with the objective to raise money through a series of activities suggested by the community. The goal of the first campaign is to reach CHF 10,000 by April 2013 in order to help and support farmers triple their harvest using the push-pull method. But how can YOU get active and why?
There are three options to get started:
- Finding an activity to support
- Starting your own
Developing this platform, we could draw from our expertise in community and fundraising solutions. Implementation was done using Drupal 7, including organic groups, commerce and i18n.
So, have you found your activity yet? The platform is waiting!