After a short break the Essence of a web week is back. This week's five featured stories stem from the world of Responsive Design, Drupal and extreme challenges. Enjoy!
comScore: Facebook and Google Capture Majority of Time Spent Online in Switzerland
A little insight on how popular website's are accessed by Swiss internet users.
DrupalCon Prague 2013: DrupalCon New and Improved - Meet the Drupal Labs Initiative
Learn all about a new format that will debut at Drupalcon Prague.
PRISM - All your data, in one place
There's a new cloud service available...
Responsive Web Design
Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog: How Time Adopted Responsive Design And Saved Time
Three conclusions of Time Magazine's new responsive site.
In the sweltering heat, of a Swiss summer that deserves its name, it's our great pleasure to welcome Anna Hanchar to the team.
As part of her Master course in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Basel she will complete here practical part with us. Next to serving our clients and team with the latest findings in web usability research, she will add a new nationality to our tropical mix: Anna hails from Belarus. When not pursuing her studies she can be found hiking, snowboarding or listening to some weighty metal tunes.
Welcome on board Anna.
With the current weather conditions we are enjoying our new office and the terrace. Therefore a little BBQ over lunch is just the right thing to boost the team spirit even more.
A lot of meat and sausages. Actually all of this was sponsored by a friend of ours (@slartbart), thank you very much.
Michael is quite an all-rounder
Enjoying our meal
Ladies and Gentlemen, it's our absolute pleasure to introduce Amazee Labs' latest release: Classic Driver.
In this week's edition we take a look at two extreme challenges, question Yahoo's strategy and say good by to an old friends. Enjoy!
Dania's Windsurfing Extreme Challenge
After Gregory's legendary extreme challenge last year, it's now time for Dania to test her mettle with an extreme challenge. Ten years after picking up windsurfing, Dania's ambition is it to take her windsurfing skills to the next level.
On Sunday the Red Bull X-Alps 2013 will commence where Christian Maurer and Thomas Theurillat (Team SUI1), who we proudly provided with a new website, will try to defend their crown. At last year's TEDXZurich the pair shared some experiences of the previous races.
Ars Technica: Hasta la (Alta) Vista: Yahoo pulls the plug on services you forgot existed
Please pardon the pun in the title, however an old companion on the web will finally be retired.
GigaOM: Marissa Mayer has been on a shopping spree at Yahoo, but is there any sign of a strategy?
In a previous edition we highlighted the fact that Yahoo, under new management, was flexing its muscles. Mathew Ingram however questions the strategy behind these acquisitions.
Drupal Association: The Making of a DrupalCon - Where Should We Go Next?
If you want the next DrupalCon to be in your backyard, here's your chance to make a case for it.
The Essence of a web week will take a short break and return on Saturday 27 July.
It's our great pleasure to announce our allegiance with X-Alps Team SUI1 Maurer / Theurillat, as the first athlete sponsorship in our history.
Christian Maurer and Thomas Theurillat are the two-time winners and reigning champions of the world's most extreme adventure race - the Red Bull X-Alps. The competition is a 1,031km race across the Alps, from Salzburg to Monaco, either by foot or by paraglider.
As part of our sponsorship we built a new and fully responsive Drupal website befitting the champions.
We want to wish Christian and Thomas all the best on their adventure.
Dear reader, in this technology heavy edition we take a look at Drupal 8, responsive design on our favourite content management frame work and 3-D printing next step towards the mainstream. Enjoy!
Dries Buytaert: Drupal 8 alpha releases
Exciting times in Drupal land. The second alpha of Drupal 8 was released this week. It is important to stress that this is an alpha release which shouldn't be mistaken for a release candidate. Having said that it is great to see that the project is heading in the right direction.
Designbeep: Drupal is Better When Responsive
A short reminder why we love Drupal: It's a SEO and responsive design friendly framework. Please allow us to recommend the Omega theme as the 4th option to the theme list.
Medium: Content-first design ain’t herding cats
Paul Souders share's his view on the topic of content-first design.
Co.Design: Microsoft Makes 3-D Printing As Simple As Clicking “Print"
Interesting to see that Microsoft embraces 3-D printing in it's forthcoming version of Windows.
Tweets that cut through the noise
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Here's a quick Drupal 7 question; imagine you've setup a panel page which, in a pane, includes a webform. Now a user tries to submit the form with invalid data. What's the expected behaviour?
Depending on your settings it can display a neat in-place notification or end in carnage and UX hell! To avoid the latter be sure to implement webforms this way:
- Open or create the webform node you want to use and navigate to the "Webform" tab. Enter the "Form settings". Here you can enter a "Confirmation message" and set the "Redirection location". In our implementation we went for "No redirect (reload current page)". The most important bit in this setting is that you tick the checkbox "Available as block". You can find it by expanding the "Advanced Settings" area. Once you made these setting save the node.
- Go to the desired panel, add the newly available webform block , which you can find in the "Miscellaneous" section of the "Add content to" modal window and save the panel.
- Now it is time to turn our attention back to the block we created in step one. Open it and make sure that you tick the the "Show all webform pages in block" checkbox and save the node again. That's all. The checkbox in this step is like Dries' hair gel - it is the glue that will make sure everything works and looks smooth.
In the last seven days the following five stories caught our attention. Enjoy!
TechCrunch: Instagram Video Vs. Vine: What’s The Difference?
Instagram added video functionality to its app this week. Here's a comparison of the new kid's and Vine's features.
The Verge: Facebook borrows Twitter's business model with hashtags and video clips
The Verge looked at the announcement from a different angle.
DrupalCon Prague 2013
Despite the delay DrupalCon Prague's site is finally online. Now it's your turn to register and propose content to the program.
Food for thought
The Atlantic Cities: Map the iPhone Users In Any City, And You Know Where the Rich Live
Eric Fischer, Gnip and MapBox analyzed geocoded tweets and came to an interesting conclusion.