We’ve all heard the adage that less is more. It’s a succinct retort to our natural tendency to desire whatever is the biggest, the fastest, the fanciest, or the sparkliest, an effect exacerbated in technology and on the internet where trends are born and die within hours or minutes.
Last week, my husband Jon and I had the opportunity to attend EMILY's List's annual fete. This was his first time ever accompanying me to a political event, and sensing him feeling a bit overwhelmed, I tried my best to whisper explanations as we moved through the substantial crowd.
If you do any light image editing–say for email newsletters or blog posts–you may be familiar with the urge to... spice up your pictures. Maybe you want to add a colorful background to a picture, or drop a subject into a different time or place. Maybe you just want to taunt your boss.
Python is an awesome language that is very fun to learn and growing quite a bit in popularity. Most notably, Reddit runs on a popular framework known as Pylons (now maintained as Pyramid) while several other websites are built on Django. Some of these include Disqus, BitBucket, Pinterest, and Instagram. This is going to be what I view as the path of least resistance to getting yourself up and running with a powerful, modern Django stack!
I hate running. Hate it. I’m not quite sure why I signed up for four running races between April and November this year. I get the rationale behind each of those decisions, but I just don’t completely comprehend why anyone would put themselves through such a long, torturous training regiment for a short adrenaline rush that comes with a race.
Cheerful, considerate, and fiercely loyal, that's Juan. He'll jokingly refer to himself as a dictator—the product of his being the creator of an entire world—but the reality is pretty close to the opposite. If anything, it's a tyranny of benevolence, even as his role here has evolved from project manager to Client Services Director, and now a Partner at EchoDitto.
Preprocessor is a dirty word. There, I said it. We all secretly love our abstractions of abstractions, but when it comes down to it, the real question is, which one are you going to use? CoffeeScript? TypeScript? Dart?
Reaching back into my bag of regular recommendations, we have this excellent cheat sheet by LunaMetrics. Eventually these will change (Facebook is slowing starting to change their Page layout, as is Twitter), but until then, this is your one stop shop for using images on social media.
Last week we launched the redesigned website for Bellwether Education Partners, a “national nonprofit that's dedicated to helping education organizations... become more effective in their work and achieve dramatic results for students.”
With the help of design-firm Teal Media, EchoDitto replaced Bellwether’s outdated site with a modern design that features high-impact photographs of real students and teachers. While the new look-and-feel of the site is a big improvement, it’s not the most important part of the redesign. The most important goal for the website redesign was to help clients understand better what they do and how they do it.
Markdown can be used for almost any type of writing, but when it comes to blog posts, email newsletters, or note taking, Markdown is king. Marketers, content strategists, and community managers, here's my case for making Markdown part of your process.
We’ve talked about Google Grants before on this blog. In short: it’s a program offered by Google that grants qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations $10,000 worth of free Google AdWords a month. It’s an awesome program and every nonprofit should apply for one and start running AdWords campaigns!