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Todd Reifenrath Custom vs off-the-shelf software
Published on Sep 3, 2015 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: technology
Custom or off-the-shelf — is it an either / or decision? This morning I walked by a bakery with "Made from scratch" displayed prominently in the window. Obviously, this i...
Todd Reifenrath Responsive design now a Google ranking signal
Published on Mar 24, 2015 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: design, technology
A responsively designed site as seen on a smartphone (compare to the full site at www.artinstituteshop.org) Mobile website development has come a long way in recent years. We've...
Todd Reifenrath Digital magazines
Published on Mar 18, 2015 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: design, technology
I'm a sucker for print magazines! I always have been. There's something about the visceral combination of big colorful photos and bite sized chunks of content sprinkled with a few in...
Paul Baker Conway's Law revisited
Published on Sep 17, 2014 by Paul Baker | Category: design
In 1968, Melvin Conway, an early computer scientist and hacker, published a paper in Datamation magazine entitled “How Do Committees Invent?” Conway described what would ...
Billy Belchev Our history with open data
Published on Mar 11, 2014 by Billy Belchev | Category: opengov
Back in 1995, Webitects was one of the first web design and development groups in Chicago. In 2013, we became the first node of the Tim Berners-Lee founded, UK-based, Open Data Insti...
Sebastian Stefaniuk Taking JavaScript arrays to a new level
Published on Feb 13, 2014 by Sebastian Stefaniuk | Category: technology
When built-in JavaScript methods only take you so far, employing plugins often enhance a programmer’s workflow and efficiency. Let me explain... Web development is an ever cha...
Todd Reifenrath AWS re:Invent 2013
Published on Dec 4, 2013 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: conference
  In November I attended Amazon's second annual AWS re:Invent conference. The AWS re:Invent conference, though a little heavier on the sales pitches this year, is an educatio...
Billy Belchev Open Data Institute (ODI) announces new global network
Published on Oct 29, 2013 by Billy Belchev | Category: opengov
Webitects announced as ODI Chicago—the first US city member of the international Open Data Institute, which held their first summit in London today   USA, Canada, Dubai,...
Todd Reifenrath An Online Education Success Story
Published on Apr 11, 2013 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: associations
  Have you seen this month's Association Forum of Chicagoland's FORUM cover story (The Right Touch: Why AMTA's Online Education is Successful)? It features the American ...
Todd Reifenrath STEM Career Week at Elmhurst's York High School
Published on Mar 24, 2013 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: technology
I recently had the opportunity to participate on a panel during STEM Career Week at  Elmhurst's York Community High School. STEM is an acronym for study in the fields of science...
Todd Reifenrath Creating a professional online presence
Published on Feb 9, 2013 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: technology
Last week I was invited to speak to friend Paul Rodger's class at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy about leveraging the web to find a job. The students in this class were s...
Todd Reifenrath Mobile-Friendly Annual Meeting Site
Published on Jan 16, 2013 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: associations, conference, mobile
Over the past year we've created websites to support annual meetings for some of our association clients. The websites are intended to be mobile friendly so that they can be easily r...
Todd Reifenrath Amazon re:Invent (Amazon Web Services Conference)
Published on Jan 2, 2013 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: conference
I recently attended Amazon's AWS re:Invent conference. This was Amazon's first conference supporting their cloud computing services. It was attended by 6,300 people from 60 count...
Todd Reifenrath Webitects' Switch to VOIP Featured by OnSIP
Published on Jul 25, 2012 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: technology
For the past couple of years I've been reading about new Voice Over IP (VOIP) phone services and systems. I've also observed some of our clients migrate to new systems. In many cases...
Billy Belchev Online fundraising tips from our work with Wikipedia (TechWeek 2012 Conference)
Published on Jun 25, 2012 by Billy Belchev | Category: design
We'd like to thank the Wikimedia Foundation, and especially Peter Gehres, for coming to TechWeek Chicago and sharing the results of the work we did together to optimize the donation ...
Todd Reifenrath Webitects in the Cloud
Published on Feb 5, 2012 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: technology
We've been hosting websites and email since the early days of the web. In the beginning, this was as simple as configuring physical servers connected to a dedicated internet connecti...
Todd Reifenrath E-commerce and online payments
Published on Jan 2, 2012 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: technology
Many of our client websites accept online credit card or e-check  payments. Online payment may be necessary for an online store, electronic subscriptions, donations, member...
Derek Eder Mapping Chicago's Vacant Buildings
Published on Oct 11, 2011 by Derek Eder | Category: opengov
There are more than 14,000 reports of vacant and abandoned buildings in Chicago. Where are they? What is their status? Who is responsible? I created a building finder that explores t...
Derek Eder Look at Cook: A Budget Visualization for Cook County, IL
Published on Aug 25, 2011 by Derek Eder | Category: opengov
LookAtCook.com is a budget transparency visualization for Cook County, IL displaying all county departments broken down by fund and control officer from 1993 to 2011. It w...
Tahirih Klass Metzger Text-to-donate vs. Text-to-pledge
Published on Feb 28, 2011 by Tahirih Klass Metzger | Category: mobile
Over the last few years many non-profit organizations have changed the way that they campaign for fundraising. New strategies leverage technology trends and take advantage of the pop...
Todd Reifenrath Text-to-donate SxSW Core Conversation Preview
Published on Feb 21, 2011 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: mobile
I am excited to facilitate a core conversation at the 2011 South by Southwest Interactive (SxSWi) conference titled Text-to-Donate Fundraising for Non-Profits. This session will be S...
Derek Eder Let's Recycle
Published on Feb 4, 2011 by Derek Eder
Recycling in Chicago is tough for a lot of people. Some are fortunate enough to live within the city's Blue Cart Program, but for the rest of us, we have to haul our recyclables to...
Paul Baker Mobile site or mobile app?
Published on Nov 3, 2010 by Paul Baker | Category: design, mobile
Many people ask us, should we build a mobile website or an app? We generally suggest that clients build a mobile site first, unless there are compelling reasons to have an app. Mobi...
Billy Belchev Design: the in word that is now out
Published on Sep 17, 2010 by Billy Belchev | Category: design
How could anyone help but love the term ‘design?’ I certainly did. It was an in word in my line of work—implying ingenuity, inventiveness, innovation, intelligence,...
Todd Reifenrath Thoughts on SxSWi 2010 and why SxSW is like pizza
Published on Mar 19, 2010 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: conference, design, mobile
This was my third year attending the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. The SxSW interactive conference launched in 1994 (there are also SxSW film and music...
Derek Eder Book Review: Here Comes Everybody
Published on Feb 18, 2010 by Derek Eder | Category: books
I recently finished reading Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky. For those of you who don't know who this is, check out his amazing...
Roman Kofman Books for Budding Web Developers
Published on Jan 5, 2010 by Roman Kofman | Category: books
As part of our team, we have two people who have never designed a web site: Demond Drummer (Organizer) and Tahirih (TEA) Klass Metzger (Office Manager). However, since they are worki...
Billy Belchev The future of print magazines? Only a part of it.
Published on Dec 17, 2009 by Billy Belchev | Category: design
While enjoying my morning homemade espresso, I stumbled upon a video of a prototype digital magazine reader called Mag+ and dubbed by some as the future (and the savior) of print mag...
Todd Reifenrath A DROID Convert
Published on Dec 7, 2009 by Todd Reifenrath | Category: mobile
I was a Blackberry user until recently switching to a DROID. I liked the small form factor of my Blackberry Pearl but didn't like its small display or lack of applications (although...
Nick Rougeux Donation Motivation
Published on Oct 14, 2009 by Nick Rougeux | Category: design
Recently, we had the opportunity to study what motivates people to donate online. The lesson we learned from the experience was invaluable. The idea A new fundraising campaign had ...
Derek Eder There's a New Mobile Site in Town
Published on Sep 21, 2009 by Derek Eder | Category: mobile
Last month, we launched our first dedicated mobile site for the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB). The request started with a client's Board membe...
Todd Reifenrath Kindled by a Kindle
Published on Sep 3, 2009 by Todd Reifenrath
Since a young age I've been enamored with shiny new gadgets. As a kid these included Apple II computers (I often forfeited recess for screen time), the Atari 2600 (Space Invaders an...
Billy Belchev Webitects is presenting at Agile2009
Published on Aug 24, 2009 by Billy Belchev | Category: design
If you have done any Agile software development, you already know that the biggest Agile conference will be in Chicago this year. Well, we got ourselves a presentation spot at Agile2...
Todd Reifenrath Opportunities and potential
Published on Aug 21, 2009 by Todd Reifenrath
Today is my oldest son's first day of second grade -- a milestone (one noticed more by parents than children). With the new school year comes a new teacher, new classmates, and new ...
Roman Kofman Transparency and consistency: A magic formula for the web
Published on Aug 20, 2009 by Roman Kofman
Overview As Webitects gets more and more projects that call for a Web 2.0 approach, I find that my skills as a web developer transfer surprisingly well to developing online comm...
Matt Ephraim Learning from the Community
Published on Aug 18, 2009 by Matt Ephraim
A few weeks ago, I attended a community meeting in Chicago's 4th ward. The meeting, held by the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee, was intended to provide an outlet for...
Nick Rougeux Who uses fly-up menus?
Published on Aug 9, 2009 by Nick Rougeux | Category: design
The Weather Channel apparently does. I've only seen "fly-up" menus used on one other site that would have easily qualified for Worst Website Ever years ago and was amazed when I disc...
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