Every web designer and publisher has clients who believe that ‘…we email it in and it appears on our web site‘. If you have someone in your department, setting or business who believes this we think it is a compliment to your design and build skills, as well as the back office processes that deal with new content, images, films and functionality.
Mix Online have produced a great poster which explains all the functions and processes, no matter how lightly touched upon even in small design houses, which must be undertaken to create the simplest functioning web page.
Mix Online believe that…
Designing, building and launching websites is real hard work — but our profession is seriously misunderstood. To help explain the process, we drew you a picture. A really big picture…
…and this is what they have done. You can view the design and build web process they have created on this web page. You can use the links on the page to dive deeply into the image and explore the functions of design and creation that go into building your web site. (View deep zoom).
Our own development process at Thirdsectorweb.co.uk can be found in narrative form, on this web page. Our systems are designed to support remote clients with all the services needed to launch simple, magazine style web sites, to more complex blog driven, gallery supported, e-commerce and information gathering web pages.
Our simpler, less sequentially staged process none the less includes all the elements found in the Mix Online illustration – in small design houses fewer people wear more hats.
It’s still hard work though, whatever the content, time frame or functionality desired.
They tell you how Amazon research feeds services into their infrastructure, how Amazon price their products to be used for absorbing new content in the future. ‘The Kindle Fire is a service…‘
The delivery of the presentation is perhaps a little slow, but perhaps the audience were live blogging and tweeting directly from the auditorium. (Know your audience?).
The revealing facts about how readers are encouraged to read more, by using new technology, are astounding. No source for the research is offered, but there is no missing the passion Bezos has for the product and the warmth he feels for his customers.
The launch of Kindle Paperwhite display, and its ‘front lit’ technology, is also a game changer for small tablets. The Kindle family is faster, clearer and with better font rendition on screen. The prices are another paradigm shift for the industry too.
‘Add more than the customer pays for…’ a great way to add value to the technical supply chain.
The short film below offers insights into how Microsoft provides the technical services and support needed to make your Hotmail account work or your business to deliver work on their Azure Cloud system.
An impressive set of statistics are offered that show how Microsoft have dramatically reduced energy and water consumption at their data centres. Like Google, Microsoft have used standard shipping containers to bolt together strings of processing packs to enhance an installation, quickly bringing their server racks online.
Where is the cloud? In the Dublin data centre for Microsoft if you are in Europe, very securely guarded and with vast teams around the globe to provide your support.
The film is a little dry in terms of presentation, but very clear in how Microsoft maintain security integrity for your data and how they dedicate time, energy and capital in reducing environmental impact.
It isn’t new any more, but if you haven’t checked out Think Quarterly from Google UK you should do so.
As a small business with constant pressure on time to service our client base, if we had unlimited resources then Think Quarterly would be the style and content for a pretty near perfect online newsletter/magazine style publication to engage with our user base.
Produced by the Google UK team Think Quarterly offers readers intellectual insights into the latest technological developments, as well as think pieces about change in both infrastructure and the philosophy of the web – beautifully filtered through a mesh of ideas around business and communication.
This info-graphic, courtesy of the Android Development Team, stunningly shows how rapid the growth of Google Android technology and hand sets has spread around the globe.
The data in the image sequences shows firstly how global growth emerged, followed by a detailed mapping of the U.S. and then Europe and finally Asia.
It still remains striking, on the global sequence, how under developed the southern hemisphere remains even up to 2010 – despite mobile handsets being the premier web connect utility in this part of the world.
No one can disbelieve the maxim that ‘…mobile is the future’.
The World Wildlife Fund has produced a new file format – the WWF file.
This format can be generated by downloading the free software from the WWF site here. This adds a “save as wwf” driver to your printer dialogue window.
You can use the format and open the file in every way similar to pdf’s on your system, but with the proviso that the document cannot be printed.
The WWF also have a great set of guidelines for saving trees.
These are the WWF print golden rules…or rather, the no-print rules. Helping you go green more effectively.
Follow the golden rule: think before you print. Pushing the print button is too easy…and wasteful. So the next time you are about to press that button, ask yourself the golden rule of saving paper: Do I really need to print this?
Use both sides of the sheet of paper. This is a real easy way of reducing your paper consumption by 50%. Set your printer or copier’s defaults to double sided. Select one-sided printing only when really needed.
Avoid printing out single line e-mails or unnecessary copies of documents – again just follow the golden rule and ask yourself whether you really need to the print.
Use technology – as well as the .wwf file format, email, internet, intranets and document scanners can radically reduce paper use, while also saving you time and money. Remember electronic media also has environmental impacts, including the carbon footprint of equipment production and operation. So switch to renewable green electricity.
Recycle the paper you have and ask for recycled paper products. Collect the paper you use and then reuse where possible (print again on the other side if you printed on one side only or use it for note paper). And when you do have to buy new paper make sure it is recycled.
Save paper in your workplace. Reductions of 20% or more are possible in most offices. So ask your office manager what they are doing to reduce paper. Remind them that saving paper isn’t just about protecting the environment; it can also save them a lot of money!