The Why and How of Developing a Website MVP

August 23, 2018

Obvious to anyone even tangentially involved in website development projects, whether new builds, rebuilds, or continuous improvement, there are always constraints. The features and functionality are always limited by knowledge, money and time for all but the most basic of projects. This is why developing an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) is highly recommended, or at least a solution worth considering.


Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018: WCAG and Legal Updates

May 17, 2018
Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018 is today, May 17! To celebrate the occasion, I’ll be attending the a11yRTP meetup Accessibility Unconference at the SAS Institute campus in Cary, NC. As an "unconference", there will not be any planned sessions. Participants will suggest topics, and sessions will then be selected based on mutual interest. Two of the topics I hope to be able to participate in are the upcoming WCAG 2.1, as well as a review of recent and pending Web accessibility legal cases.

DesignHammer takes on php[world] 2016

November 17, 2016

Part of the job for Business development is getting out the office. To this end we have been attending, sponsoring, and presenting at conferences in the southeast since 2010 from Drupal GovCon in Maryland to Drupalcamp Atalnta in Georgia. A new one for us, Stephen Pashby and I are representing DesignHammer at php[world] 2016 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tyson’s Corner in the Washington, D.C. area this week.


How to improve your website’s usability

September 21, 2016

Many clients contemplating a website redesign ask us how we would create a user friendly website for them. The most obvious questions we ask in return are “who are your users” and “what do they want to do?” This leads us to the often underutilized field of website usability.


How to use website strategy to rise to new heights

July 21, 2016

Websites are often likened to field of architecture, whether in describing content organization (i.e. site architecture) or the act of “building a website” akin to that of a structure. Two of America’s greatest architects, Louis Henry Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, opined on the concepts of form and functions. Inquire with either of these masters and they would undoubtedly say you need to understand the purpose, function, and intended audience before you can focus on appearance. So why is this not the norm in website design and development projects?


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