We're happy to announce the official launch of our youngest client project: Sosense.org - a fundraising platform for selected social enterprises.
Non-profit organization Sosense supports high impact social enterprises trying to solve some of the major social and environmental issues we face today. The Sosense team carefully selects the social enterprises, features and screens their credibility and impact. The platform provides a simple way for social investors and donors select and support these enterprises, facilitating collective impact.
The project work was familiar yet appreciatively challenging: One one side we could draw on our expertise in building community- and fundraising solutions, on the other side we built the platform on the latest version of Drupal, i.e. 7, including organic groups, Drupal Commerce and i18n. The Drupalistas among you will know what this means: A good load of bug fixing and porting of modules.
So much for our part. Now we wish Patrik Elsa and his engaged Sosense team success with Sosense!
Last month we launched our second mobile-first, responsive design for bundesplatz.srf.ch. The website runs on Drupal 7 and like KMU Businesspartner, is based on @himerus's and @thefubhy's awesome Omega theme.
Besides being responsive, another added feature was an ongoing changing background image, instantly updating every 30 minutes to reflect real-time weather conditions and activity around the Bundesplatz. Depending on your screensize, you see more or less of the live image.
Here's an example of how the site looks on a full-width, really wide desktop monitor:
And here's how the site adapts for visitors viewing the site from an iPad or other tablet device:
The outer margins are reduced, and the main column continues decreasing in width, until the sidebar drops below in an even narrower version... typically in use on mobile devices. Below is how the site looks on an iPhone... and it was all accomplished with Omega's built-in media queries and a little CSS magic:
Drupal friends: Have you tried out Omega yet? You should if you haven't!
More than three years ago our team launched the social collaboration platform amazee.com. By 23 December 2011 the platform will be closed - for good. Important: Our development agency Amazee Labs is not affected, but the cause for this decision. But let me take you back to the beginning: The idea behind amazee.com was to connect like-minded people in projects and empower public collaboration. A social Facebook so to say, and social it has been. Ten thousands of users have frequented amazee.com to work together, raise funds and ramp up offline achievements.
In the meantime, however, Facebook, Google and other big innovators have become all you can imagine, including enablers for social change. On our side, we have converted the business model. Amazee Labs has grown into a successful web development agency and requires our full attention. The work on amazee.com has therefore suffered big time and has become mostly restricted to maintenance work. If Web products don't move ahead, they go backwards. Hence our decision. What next? On 23 December 2011 the platform will be closed and all user and group data will be deleted automatically.
We thank you for your understanding.
Jiiihaaaaaa! We are proud to welcome Andrew McClintock to our UX & design team. Andrew is web designer by trade, and a talented one indeed. After completing his creative advertising degree at the university of Texas he took up the post of creative director at Digett, a San Antonio based web design company. And for the one's who know our peeps a bit better: Kathryn Cornelius' has lost her status as lone star - Andrew's the second Texan to join Amazee Labs. Andrew, we're looking forward to working with you. Meanwhile enjoy the Texan heat - Switzerland's so foggy the bird's are walking.
From today until 30 September the Swiss Public Radio and TV SRF will convert the Bundesplatz (our parliament square) into a big multimedia studio. The exciting campaign is broadcasting the election highlights for the next of term of parliament and promises a good load of political controversy. We are very proud to be SRF's development partner for the campaign's web presence: bundesplatz.srf.ch.
The development requirements were threefold: Design the website to look fresh independent of the viewport, integrate social media, and make sure the system (power!-)performs under high traffic load: We chose Drupal 7 (what else) as content management framework. Enjoy
Bine aţi venit! As of this very day Vasile Chindris is joining our team in Zurich. This is great news since Vasi is not just an intelligent computer scientist but a battle-hardened coder. He has proven his practical talents with several of our client projects working from our development partner epoint in Timisoara, Romania; probably the longest assessment we've done so far. We are excited to have you here for good Vasi - the Raclette and Fondue season is just about to start!
This blog post is totally overdue but frankly DrupalCon London has just flown by.
During the day the team split up to attend a variety of different session reaching from "This Code Stinks!" over "Doing Drupal Security Right" to "Why Royal Mail and UK Government Are Shifting towards Open Source and Drupal" to get updated on the latest trends in the community.
In the evening we participated in the Curry Night which was a blast and took place in downtown London. This meant we could do some sightseeing on our way to the restaurant. Lucky us, we passed the Tower Gate Bridge and the Tower of London while doing so.
More from our activities at DrupalCon should follow soon.
As most of our dear readers already know, Amazee Labs develops based on the unbeatable framework Drupal.
Today was the official start of DrupalCon London, well Croydon actually, where 1,750 Drupalistas are currently gathering for the conference taking place twice a year. Amazee Labs is proud to be a sponsor and on Sunday evening we could sneak a peek of the location and were delighted to discover our brand in pole position:
Six Amazees are currently over to contribute to the event and learn about the next big things to come. And if you happen to be one of our clients, don't worry, we're not just learning. We're using all the spare time (mornings, breaks and nights) for some intense mini-sprints:
Another result of our first early morning session is our new Amazee Lab & Drupal page extension, hope you like it!
You'll hear more from our conference week in London. All work done now. We're off to the official curry night and pub crawl...
DrupalCon London is coming up and we're organising a Swiss Drupal Meetup during the conference week.
Meet us on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 starting 6.30 pm at the TreeHouse in Croydon just a few blocks from the conference location. The first round of drinks are on Amazee Labs! Please RSVP here with a comment or in the Drupal user group to sign up so we can reserve enough space.
All non-Swissies welcome too, of course!
We're looking forward to meeting you all Drupalistas!
UPDATE 23rd August: We're NOT having the meetup at Treehouse. We're all going to the Curry Night! Infos here