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On Adaptive vs. Responsive Web Design

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On Adaptive vs. Responsive Web Design:

In the past few months, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time discussing the differences between the “adaptive” and “responsive” web design philosophies. Don’t get me wrong, I love having these discussions, but I felt the need to set the record straight: these two philosophies are not at odds, despite numerous blog posts and tweets to the contrary.

The 2011 Open Source CMS Market Share Report concludes that...

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The 2011 Open Source CMS Market Share Report concludes that three brands - Joomla!, WordPress, and Drupal - dominate today’s market. The Report concludes that WordPress leads in brand strength and market share after a strong year.

The Report follows the market share and brand strength indicators for 20 top systems, assessing each on a wide variety of measures. The study focuses on identifying the market leaders, both in terms of rate of adoption and mindshare.

While WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal lead the survey set across a wide range of measures, the report also identifies other trends in this year’s open source CMS market.

2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report

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2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report:

Report Excerpt: A sample of findings from the 2011 report Facebook is Still on Top
Nine of out ten (89%) of nonprofits (all sizes) report having a presence on Facebook. Twitter has the 2nd highest adoption rate with 57% of nonprofits indicating they have an account on this micro-blogging site.   Average Community Size is Up
The average Facebook fan base for nonprofits is up 161% in 2011 to 6,376 members.           Master Social Fundraisers Come in All Sizes
Small nonprofits ($1 to $5MM annual budget) make up 30% of the organizations who raised $100,000 or more on Facebook over the last 12 months. Called “Master Social Fundraisers”, these super savvy fundraisers touted an average Facebook community size of nearly 100K members (99,911).   Enviro/Animal Welfare & International Service Organizations Outpace the Sector
Slicing the survey results along nonprofit vertical sector, Environmental/Animal Welfare recorded the highest average Facebook community size – 8,490. International Service groups reported the highest adoption rate of Facebook (97%) and 4 times (7,630 followers) the industry average Twitter base.

"[Open source] is confused sometimes with crowd sourcing or spec work in design industry, which gives..."

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“[Open source] is confused sometimes with crowd sourcing or spec work in design industry, which gives it a negative connotation. Both practices are a hot topic for designers because it can have a negative impact on the understanding and respect of the craft while driving down rates for the entire industry. Crowd sourcing is where a client puts out an open request to the general public for a finished product and then chooses to pay only one participant a set price for their work. Spec work is similar in where a client requests free work from a designer or agency (or multiple designers) with the possibility, but no guarantee, of being hired. Both of these practices are not open source design. Going back to the concept of recipes, open source web design is the practice of sharing knowledge, practices, and elements of a design (the building blocks of an entire composition) to contribute to progress and quality within a specific community or practice.”

- Samantha Warren, Open Source Methodology Beyond Software

How Responsive Web Design becomes Responsive Web Publishing

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How Responsive Web Design becomes Responsive Web Publishing:

As understood from Marcotte’s seminal article and book, Responsive Web Design is a flexible, adaptive approach to the display of web content, achieved via technologies that rearrange, resize, add or subtract content. Marcotte’s Responsive Design serves a more legible, usable web page to an array of devices with varying screen resolutions and download speeds.

The popularity of Marcotte’s responsive web design will likely result in better content consumption experiences for a lot of websites, for a lot of people. However, by focusing our conversation on the optimization of visual presentation, we’ve placed just one of what I hope will be the three pillars of responsive web design: content, presentation and interface. By broadening the definition, we will allow responsive web design to better support the way people experience the web today and will experience it tomorrow.

In this essay, we explore ways in which the first pillar, content, might become responsive. But before we begin, let’s first examine the role physical devices can play in making these experiences possible, especially the mobile devices which initially inspired the responsive web design movement…

Mobile is hot – is your organization optimized?

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Mobile is hot – is your organization optimized? :

We’ve known for quite a while that mobile is on the rise, but several recent studies, including one presented at last week’s Web 2.0 Summit, are revealing some pretty impressive stats to back this up. Among the findings:

  • Mobile internet has penetrated nearly 60% of the US market.
  • Around 40% of users access social media from their phones.
  • Up to 19% of email messages are now read on mobile, Internet-enabled devices like smartphones or tablets.
  • Mobile search has grown fourfold in the last few years.
  • E-commerce, especially mobile commerce, is on the rise.

No, QR Codes Aren't Dead. They're Just Used Badly

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No, QR Codes Aren't Dead. They're Just Used Badly:

But QR codes are very much alive as the stats below demonstrate. What really should die aren’t QR codes but the dumb ways agencies and brands try to use them…

Why QR campaigns fail

  • Unreadable codes on billboards, too high up for people to get a clear scan; on ads in subways, where there is no cellphone reception for scans.
  • QR codes in TV ads By time you run and get your phone, find the scanner, and try to take a shot, the ad’s over. Doh!
  • No instructions. Not everyone knows what a QR code is and how to scan it. So it’s necessary to include clear and concise instructions that include the benefits of bothering to make the scan.
  • Using a proprietary code so you need a specific type of QR readers to scan it. As if people would download a scanner just to read a code they don’t understand. Fail.

The New Media ToolKit This curated collection of online tools,...

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The New Media ToolKit

This curated collection of online tools, tutorials and resources is designed to help nonprofits and ethnic and community news organizations navigate the often intimidating and ever-evolving new media landscape. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you will find valuable information on the technologies and best practices you need to tell a community’s stories in compelling ways; engage new audiences; optimize your website; and measure online impact.

Includes:

  • Video Training
  • Social Media Training
  • Monitoring & Metrics Training
  • Blogging Training
  • Audio Training
  • SEO Training

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