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Leveraging technology in First Nations communitiesBy Albert Jame on
From talking with my friends who work in First Nations communities, it’s clear there is a building interest in better leveraging technology to engage members and deliver better services. By using technology, communities can connect with each other, other communities and access outside services to support their community. Technology can mean a lot of things - from printers to websites to software. There are simply too many technology trends to address in one blog post, but I have selected a few progressing digital technologies that seem to always come up in client meetings.
Before I start, I need to state that we’re not a typical software design firm at zu. Yes we have developers and consultants, but we are much more heavily rooted in the user experience than the average technology...
That moment when you realize your website is much more than a marketing projectBy Albert Jame on
To kick off the new year, we held a cleaning bee around the office. Just like everywhere, a lot of junk had been accumulating under my desk. Original iPod mini? Check. The ever unpopular U-Force controller for Nintendo? Check. As we looked through boxes, I stumbled upon some dusty notes that I had taken from projects that we started a decade ago.
It’s a bit like going through old pictures to see how process and design trends have changed over the years, but the biggest difference to me was how one dimensional websites were back then. At the time, websites were the ultimate bolt-on marketing tool. They were a place that held all of your content and PDFs in a maze of information. Most of them were built primarily for lead generation, awareness, hours, service, product overviews and the...
Fight User Disillusionment! Designing for PerformanceBy Mellary on
Do you ever find yourself searching for information on your phone, loading the first interesting google result only to get impatient and hit the back button for the next result? And perhaps you find yourself repeating this process over and over until your ravenous information appetite is finally satiated?
Can I get a show of hands?
The truth is this is a common situation. It’s known that ‘people will visit a web site less often if it is slower than a close competitor by more than 250 milliseconds’. But really, how quick is that you ask?…well it’s quicker than the blink of an eye. A blink takes a whopping 400ms. Although my mind has a hard time comprehending that, I know I notice it. And so do you.
I feel a twinge of pain when I check out an old website I designed and worked on for...
Web Animation and zu (and you)By Anja, Cindy, Devon on
Rachel Nabors is an American cartoonist and web animation expert who shares her skills at various conferences around the world. She is known for her comic Rachel the Great, which features the daily life of her alter-ego and her cat sidekick Tuna P. Katz, the...
Caching in Drupal 8By Dan S. on
Drupal 8 has evolved in many ways over its predecessor. Some of the prominent features are the inclusion of the widely used views module into core, configuration management, and an easy to use translation service. However, today we are going to dive into one of the other major updates of Drupal 8 that provides a huge boost to performance and perceived performance: the cache layer.
Caching in Drupal 8 has received a much needed overhaul. It has become highly customizable and dynamic, and now has the ability to cache individual blocks or items on a page. This means that we can control exactly when a block on a page has its cache cleared instead of clearing the entire page cache.
Diving Deeper into Caching
There are three main components to the cache layer in Drupal 8:
- Cache tags