Sportsnet, a Canadian sports broadcaster, has recently relaunched their web presence. The pièce de résistance of the relaunch appears to be the new responsive features of the site, for which they have created an own TV advert.
Dear Reader, this week's edition takes a look at a dispute in the world of web design approaches, how coding will be part of many childhood memories and a humorous take on how a Facebook Home could look like.
Responsive Web Design
Six Revisions: Responsive Web Design is Not the Future
Josh Chan, a Melbourne based Senior Digital Specialist, launched an attack on the responsive web design approach while claiming it is just a fad.
Brad Frost: A Response to ‘Responsive Web Design is Not the Future’
This lead one of the subject's thought leaders to take a moment to reflect on the criticism on his blog.
An issue which probably isn't exclusive to the Drupal ecosystem.
.net Magazine: Advice for my unborn daughter
Garrett Heath makes a point that coding will become a normal part of children education just as piano practice or dance lessons are.
Last but not least
The Joy of Tech: If Facebook made a real Facebook Home..
While Facebook announced their latest product, in collaboration with HTC, the popular geek comic site imagines how the social networking service would do in the real estate business.
A while ago we wrote about the Drupal 6 modules you really need. Since that post a few things have changed, on one hand Drupal 7 has moved a bunch of those modules to its core, while on the other hand some were replaced by better alternatives.
Of course every Drupal site we build has different requirements, which makes our choice of contributed modules unique for every project. Nevertheless here is our current selection of trusted Drupal modules we don't want to miss. The bare necessities, if you will.
Internationalization & Entity translation
Working in a country, that has four officially recognized languages and English being the Internet's lingua franca, we install these modules without thinking anymore. Multilingual solutions have come on leaps and bounds since previous Drupal releases and despite not being perfect yet they make our lives much easier.
Regardless of how much attention you want to give to search engine optimization in a project - getting the basics right is essential. Pathauto enables you to create URL patterns for all entity types. The Pareto principle will thank you.
This is by far the most powerful module in the Drupal ecosystem. Built on the Chaos tool suite (ctools), it gives the full control to display any kind of entity in the manner you want it. No wonder it will be part Drupal 8's core.
If you are a developer this one can help you out of the odd pickle. It allows you to gather information on what is happening in Drupal's background. Just remember to disable it on productive environments.
The quickest and easiest way to make your websites visits quantifiable. You can only manage what you can measure.
Need a complex layout on the quick? Panels will be your trusted friend. You can define layout templates and define in which contexts they should appear.
Display Suite / Panelizer
Depending on the level of complexity of our brief we will opt for one of these two masters of data display control. Although both have their pros and cons we tend to use Panelizer more often, since it's benefits can be leveraged on large and complex websites.
An amazing module, built upon the Entity API, which allows you to define workflows and actions while you barely have to write any code. It integrates into many modules witch makes it a powerful and useful resource.
You can argue that allowing visitors to create nodes with appropriate field permissions can act a contact forms - we have seen this approach in the wild... In our opinion using the Webforms module is the better option for the majority of use cases where a form is needed. You don't want your content overview screen cluttered with spam that got through Mollom's net, right?
What do you think? What are your bare necessities?
This week the stories that caught our attention range from the myth of the intuitive interface, an odd request and some inspiration what you can do over Easter. Enjoy!
Frontend United 2013
If 'Responsive with Drupal', 'Interactive maps / visuals' and 'Twig' 'CSS / HTML / LESS / SaSS / JS / BBQ' are your cup of tea, make sure to secure a ticket. This year's edition of the Drupal frontend developer's conference, will take place in the übercool part of London that is Shoreditch. Our @kcornelius and @daniagerhardt will be there too.
Co.Design: Why ‘Intuitive’ Interface Is A Myth
Timoni West, a designer at Foursquare, makes a point that teaching new interactions shouldn't be frowned upon. Just don't make the learning curve steep.
Gizmodo: The First 6 People Who’ll Get Google Glass
This week Google announced their first picks of their #IfIHadGlass campaign. Safe to say that they went for a quite diverse mix.
Knowledge is porridge
Quora: What is something useful I can learn right now in 10 minutes that would be useful for the rest of my life?
Not sure what to do over Easter? Here's a list of things you can expand your horizon with.
Tweets that cut through the noise
Paul Haddad, software developer and creator of Tweetbot, had his mind boggled by a "customer's" request.
The little faith I have in humanity is somewhat restored. twitter.com/tapbot_paul/st…
— Paul Haddad (@tapbot_paul) March 26, 2013
(Photo by PierreEmmanuelBOITON)
Last night, again, Web Monday Zurich stopped at the HUB. The 120 seats were gone within minutes - making it the fastest sold-out Web Monday Zurich of all siblings.
The presentations saw Emma Page of Evernote on the process of idea to product at the note taking service. Matthew Perkins and Alex Wimbush introduced the social network Yield Pop, which tries to leverage social media in the agricultural industry. Lukas Brüderlin and Richard Sewell from ic21 presented iCompare. Their service promises to find the best mobile phone deal in Switzerland for you.
Special thanks to Evernote for sponsoring this edition's location and the refreshments.
Our office is getting crowded these days. So it comes at no surprise, that everyone is excited about the prospect of the new office! By the end of April we will be moving to our new headquarters which is just a stone's throw away from Technopark. The remodeling is in full swing and the builders are hands on in order to finish everything in time.
Here is a little sneak peek.
This week's edition takes a look at the question if openness can scale, Twitter's latest feat and gives Google Reader's former Product Manager a voice. Enjoy!
TimOnWeb: 8 Awesome Drupal Snippets I Wish I Knew Before
A few issues ago we featured Tim Kamanin's initiative Dropbucket.org. In the meantime the Drupal snippet repository has grown and the initiator took a moment to select his eight favourite snippets.
Food for thought
Accelerating reinventions: Openness does not scale
Laurent Haug reflects on the experiences he made with the Lift Conference.
Quora: Why is Google killing Google Reader?
Question-and-answer service Quora might not be one of the social media platforms which is particularly well known in the mainstream. Nevertheless some interesting answers were provided on last week's hot button issue.
I was hired as a Project Manager to ensure that projects are managed according to timeline and budget and that the story always ends with a happy end, a delighted customer.
- how to establish a prioritized backlog for a Drupal project
- how to organize sprints for Drupal projects, i.e. unite site builders, themers and back-end developers.
- how to integrate the client as early as possible in the project, e.g. for content creation, feedback etc.
Despite SXSW having yielded a torrent of interesting items this week - we opted to take off the Austin biased blinkers for this issue. Enjoy!
New York Times: Introducing A New Article Design
The New York Times granted the general public a glimpse of its redesign this week. Admittedly it looks gorgeous but let's see if it manages to be as game-changing as the Boston Globe's introduction of Responsive Design in 2011.
Charles Lewis - Page Rank
If reading isn't your preferred method of gaining knowledge - give this a go. Charles Lewis aka SEO Rapper will teach you the essentials of Google's PageRank in the next two and a half minutes.
Techcrunch: Google Closes The Book On Google Reader On July 1, Seven Other Products Also Get The Chop
This week Google announced the closure of its popular RSS reader service. Anyone else feel reminded of Yahoo's supposed shut down of Delicious? Regardless it might be time to move to a new service or just take control of your feeds with this Drupal workaround.
NBC PhotoBlog: Witnessing papal history changes with digital age
Ever wondered how the world of technology infiltrated everyday life in the last eight years? Just compare these two pictures of 2005 and last Wednesday of the Catholic faithful at St. Peter's Basilica and it becomes obvious.
Tweets that cut through the noise
Less than 24 hours after Acquia's cold calling gaffe, CMO Tom Wentworth already was able to see the lighter side...
@dries I can create a crisis if you’d like?
— Tom Wentworth (@twentworth12) March 14, 2013