Archive: 2010

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  • Drupal

I gave a presentation to a local social media group called NDTweetup earlier today. I walked through various Drupal capabilities, discussed installation profiles, and showed some examples of Drupal sites. Over the course of the meeting we discussed the versatility and capabilities of Drupal and other CMS products. Drupal's ability to both generated RSS feeds and to aggregate them was one of the more popular points of discussion.

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  • Accessibility
  • CSS

I've been spending a lot of time reviewing websites lately. I keep seeing the same few mistakes over and over. Some of them may be intentional design choices, but for the most part they seem to be mistakes of omission. What I'm seeing is incomplete CSS for links. Incomplete link CSS does one of two things.

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  • Social Media

Is your social media strategy backwards? Are you tweeting about what you've posted on Facebook? Posting on Facebook about what you're doing on Twitter or your Wordpress.com blog? Social media tools like this are beautiful tools, but they are just tools. Don't let them be the focus. They are to direct traffic, not to be the target of your traffic. Post your content on your own site, and use your social media tools to bring the people to you.

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  • Web Design
  • Drupal
  • Government on the Web

I recently had the pleasure of finishing another ITD design project, I was able to work with a number of great people at ITD, as well as the NDHP and Department of Emergency Services to update the Amber Alert website. Like the recent NDHP site, this was both a redesign and a Drupal conversion project.  Based strongly on the NDHP's design, the Amber Alert site is built using Zen.

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  • Accessibility
  • Web Design

The specific, but diverse populations within a University have  caused some horrible navigation choices. Who's your audience? If a University directs their navigation towards your students, the faculty can't find anything. If they direct it towards the faculty, the students can't find anything. That's not even considering other audiences like parents, sports fans, and potential students.

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  • Drupal
  • Web Design

Working at ITD, I had the opportunity to redesign the North Dakota Highway Patrol's website. This was both a redesign, and a Drupal conversion project. Using Drupal allowed us to develop a very nice looking site that can easily be maintained. Content can be maintained by the people who are familiar with the organization, the staff of the NDHP. www.nd.gov/ndhp is built in Drupal using Zen.

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  • Validation and Testing

I've been asked a number of times lately how I test websites that I work on. While I'm never shy about talking about this sort of thing, I thought writing it down might be beneficial.

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  • Web Design

Ze Frank is hiring. I say this not because I'm interested, but because I like the way he wrote the job descriptions. Two statements jump out at me.