It’s no news that Drupal has become an industry leader in web content management since its emergence in 2001. Still, there are many misconceptions floating around about what Drupal is and what it is (or isn’t) capable of. As a creative agency that specializes in Drupal development, we know these assumptions are more myth than reality.Read Full Post
We’re in the business of delivering awesome digital solutions. But we’d be the first to admit that our industry vernacular isn’t the most intuitive to understand for our clients.
With the help of our amazing strategists, designers, and developers, we’ve put together this extensive and growing list of design and development terminology.Read Full Post
As a web development agency, it’s our job to deliver clients websites that are good-looking, but also manageable. After all, how effective can a website be if it doesn’t function the way it’s intended to?
That’s where open source software comes in. By now, you probably know that WDG has some ace WordPress and Drupal developers.Read Full Post
Challenge, Meet Solution
Jackie King is the Executive Director of Ramona’s Way, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. that provides services for women who are survivors of emotional and physical abuse. Without a doubt, the mission that Jackie and thousands of other non-profits like hers stand for is a noble one.Read Full Post
The only difference between good and great illustration is experience. What follows is a helpful walkthrough of what I have found to be the best practices to uphold when creating illustrations. This is not a guide on how to create your own illustrations, but is a general overview of what it takes to make fantastic illustrations.Read Full Post
In my four years of designing, I’ve come across many cool and useful design tools that make my job as a designer more efficient, if not easier. Here are a few of my favorites!
Last Wednesday was the kick-off event for Capital Camp and Gov Days 2014, a three-day conference on Drupal and open source technology for the government. (WDG is a Gold-level Sponsor!) More than 500 people from government, contractor, and private sector industries were expected to be there, and with good reason.Read Full Post
There are a lot of things to take into consideration when creating an illustration for a client, and no, it’s not just colors and images. When creating an illustration, I have to strike a balance between accommodating the client’s needs and wants while sticking to their brand identity, and designing something that is visually appealing.Read Full Post
In today’s digital landscape, you don’t have to look too far to find a plethora of different screen sizes that all have access to the Internet. Computers, tablets, and mobile phones: all can be great sources for online information, provided that they are designed the right way.
Responsive Design for Branding
As of late 2013, over 17 percent of global web usage comes directly from mobile phones and that number is continuing to grow; gone are the days of focusing on One Size Fits All for your company’s digital presence.Read Full Post
All great websites begin with a solid design and development process. At WDG, we have a tried and trusted process that elevates each and every one of our projects, helping our clients reach their digital goals. However, for those unfamiliar with web design and development, these processes can seem confusing. To help shed some light on WDG’s design and development process, I spoke to one of our amazing past clients who has experienced our trusted phases, The Alexandria Small Business Development Center, as well as our own designers and developers.Read Full Post
Having been out of school for a little over a year, I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I took my passion for graphic design and turned it into a full-time career. There were a lot of things I did right–found a great internship, gained invaluable advice from mentors, and strengthened my design skills–along with things I could have done better.Read Full Post
There are many assumptions out there about what web designers are and do, many involving the wire-framed-glasses-and-gingham-shirt, spew-creativity-at-the-blink-of-an-eye variety. Web designers might wear cool glasses (hi, Zach!) and are certainly creative, but there is more to it than that.Read Full Post
If you’re a website owner, or in the market for a new website, having concise and effective content, a functional design, and intuitive user experience are key. But as I mentioned in a recent post about conversion rates, websites have to do more than just list out information especially if you’re in the business of selling products or services.Read Full Post
When we started focusing on WDG’s rebirth in 2011, one thing was crystal-clear: our employees won’t just be considered employees. Our coworkers would be the team to make WDG go round. This is because our office isn’t just an office. It’s a work culture on a whole other level where our folks are inspired and relaxed while they go a hundred miles an hour for our clients.Read Full Post
Say you’re a business with an outdated and ineffective website and are in the market for an updated website. The first thing you’ll probably do is tap into your favorite search engine to find a reputable digital web company in your area. But then what?Read Full Post
Conversion Rates, Huh?
Building a website can be an exciting prospect. Maybe you have an awesome product or service everyone should be using. Or maybe you’re a non-profit organization with a fantastic mission and are looking to encourage volunteers. Either way, in the current economic market, your website needs to do more than just inform users about all the reasons you are so great.Read Full Post
The web design research phase is probably one of the most overlooked aspects of the web design and development process by clients. Face it, if you were a client and given the choice between obsessing over awesome typography selections or researching business strategies, which one would you rather do? There’s no arguing that visual design elements are important—they do help set the stage for your website’s and business’s tone—but how would you know what tone to set without research?Read Full Post
To say I’ve always wanted to go to E3 would be an understatement. Video games aren’t just a casual hobby: I grew up reading the latest gaming news (remember Nintendo Power?) and was always eager to hear news about the latest and greatest games and hardware. Seeing all the great holiday announcements for upcoming games in June was great, but I wished I could go out and see everything the press did firsthand.Read Full Post
When faced with a website redesign, most of our clients wonder about the differences between WordPress and Drupal. But what about the distinctions between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? Last week, WDG’s senior and lead developer Mike Garrett spoke with Business News Daily about helping clients choose between a WordPress.com-hosted site and a customized WordPress.org content management system (CMS) for their individual projects.Read Full Post
It’s that time of year again … or every four years rather: vividly-colored jerseys sported on the backs of dedicated fans, fierce debates about what teams are destined to win, and boisterous crowds roaring as their favorite team makes the winning goal. At least, that’s what I think happens at the World Cup—my knowledge doesn’t extend past BuzzFeed articles listing out of most eligible players.Read Full Post
The first time I published a blog was way back during my freshman year of college. I made all the mistakes a rookie would make when it came to content: writing for myself instead of the user, crafting inconsistent posts, and putting out more fluff than fact. Fortunately, I quickly learned the ins and outs of successful writing and blogging.Read Full Post
Last week, WDG’s senior Drupal developer, Grant, traveled down to Texas for DrupalCon Austin 2014. The barrage of parties aside, more than 3,300 Drupal developers, designers, and agencies were there attending various networking and educational sessions to learn more about new innovations in the Drupal community. Grant gave us the lowdown of some of his favorite keynotes and sessions during DrupalCon.Read Full Post
Git 2.0 was just released!
Git, for those of you that don’t know, is a free and open source version control system. It’s something we use here at WDG for every project and on a daily (if not hourly) basis.
Significant changes were made including bug fixes, updates, and most importantly backward compatibility changes.Read Full Post