Recap: WordCamp Lancaster 2015

WordCamp Lancaster was our second WordCamp experience. Our first was WordCamp Baltimore back in October. It’s a great deal: about $20 gets you a full day of classes with two tracks to choose from, lunch, and an after party. This time we tried to act like old pros, but the sessions quickly remind us that there’s still much to learn. There will always be sessions over your head, sessions under your head, info you need and info you don’t need. It’s so helpful though to see what tools other developers are using. My notes during the sessions are frequently a list of tools and resources to investigate further.

Because our company is just two of us right now, it’s important to meet other people in the flesh who are doing what we do. Somewhere we read the advice “don’t be afraid to miss a session,” and this is hard but actually a good tip, as talking with people and making connections is one of the most valuable pieces of WordCamp. And, the sessions will always be posted on WordPress.tv for reviewing later. This time we crossed paths with some friends we met back in the fall, Eli, Dustin, and Tim from LaunchDM, one of the WordCamp sponsors. They introduced us to their company founders too so we got to hear about life at a marketing studio.

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Moodboard: Travel Blues

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One of our current clients is an education consulting company who does a lot of international work.  She requested that the site use blues and a high-contrast color palate as these colors are more accessible for clients with color blindness and other visual impairments–something very important to her company.

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Client Work: Zawadi

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We recently worked with a long time local business owner, Irene, here in DC to expand her brick and mortar African art shop, Zawadi into an online shop as well.

Her store is filled with African arts and textiles with a contemporary feel. Our initial inclinations were to reach to bold patterns with yellows, greens, and reds, but Irene wanted the new site to be fresh and modern–without those stereotypical ideas of African design.

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#ProTip: DIY Product Photography

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We recently did all the photography for a client’s new e-commerce site. Armed with only our trusty DSLR and the light of a near by window we strategized how to to get these items photographed in a consistent way that represented the products in their best light. Here are a few tips that we picked up on how to cheaply and effectively shoot your own products.

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WeWork + BYT Dream Work Space Contest

On a whim, we decided to enter the Dream Workspace Giveaway with WeWork and Brightest Young Things. The prize was a six month membership at the WeWork work space and a feature on BYT. All you had to do to enter was email a brief description of your business and then tweet about it. I did this, and just to suck up, included a photo of us at a BYT Halloween party a few years back. I forgot about the whole thing until maybe a week later when we received an email saying that we were a finalist and that we were slotted to give a three minute pitch to judges and partygoers in two days. We were also given criteria the judges would be looking at, such as scalability, impact, and a growth plan. Tickets (free) to the event were available on EventBrite. I told Sydney I’d probably throw up.

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