by Cedric Dugas on February 16, 2015
Without even probably realizing it Google Drive have become an integral part of my day to day toolset, everyone in my company use it to share documents across teams & departments.
For a tool to be useful It is important that our workflow is as painless as possible, forgetting to share a document to someone or having a coworker unable to find a document can impacts the company productivity.
This get me to last week when one of my coworker asked me where was all the documents shared by the company on the drive, I was a bit baffled. Personally I always hit the “shared with me” button to look at company documents. But that tab was gone, he had the new interface. Goodbye “shared with me”…
by Cedric Dugas on February 10, 2015
Any front-end dev will tell you that email template integration is one of the worst part of their job. It is often a task given to interns or to one of those cheap third party companies, & for good reasons.
It takes experience/time to build solid email templates, testing in different browsers/email clients is also hard & costly. If you use a senior dev it costs even more money, oh and you will also probably piss him off.
I understand this too much, not only did I work for web agencies, I also worked a couple of years at CakeMail building 2 wysiwyg email editors. If you think building an email template is hard, try building a good wysiwyg email creation tool.
A beacon of hope, ink
by Cedric Dugas on January 27, 2015
It’s sometimes hard for a marketing manager to move into email marketing management, going into it head down can sometimes even cause a melt down on their first campaign.
Doing email marketing is special, you have a lot of tools available but at the same time you are dealing with a very outdated technology. Here is my top 6 things an email marketing manager should know.
Supporting 20 email clients is not going to be easy
You are having a hard time getting your website glitches fixed on internet explorer 8?
Now imagine that on top of web browsers like chrome, firefox & IE, you need to support each of those on Gmail, hotmail, yahoo & then you need to test on outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013,…
by Cedric Dugas on November 17, 2014
Sometime 5 years ago a web designer decided that having a header with a background image & the text on top not scrolling at the same speed would be a fun idea. Since then, parallax effects have been all the rage.
From simple header to whole website scrolling effects, the parallax must be one of the longest trend to happen in web design. In fact I never had one product manager in 5 years that did not ask at some point or another to add a parallax effect to that text, or content block, or header. Why? My guess is that they want to spice up their app or website but they don’t really know how, so adding parallax is something simple to think about that “add”…
by Cedric Dugas on November 16, 2014
The Design process seems to never quite perfectly fit with scrum teams. There are many reasons for this but the most obvious one is that clients often wanna see the design well before the coding is started to have their say on the final product look.
At SSENSE we recently had to build a CMS for our content team, this project was interesting because our content team creates custom layouts for each article & this is not something you can easily do using a platform like Wordpress for example. Unfortunately like too much internal project, time was short. We had to build something fast, iterate fast & deliver it as soon as possible.
A perfect project to be done using scrum & include the design in the…
by Cedric Dugas on June 17, 2014
One tough question that product managers seem to be split in half. In web development, design is often a big part of the product & takes a bigger place than in a conventional software product. That means you need to take more time for design, have multiple breeds of devs, front-end & back-end & fit all that in a scrum mindset.
That makes for some headache, that is why product managers will often opt to put design one sprint ahead. It’s just easier to manage, but at what cost?
On one side you get people that say you should never split design from development, all in one sprint.
1. Your user stories take two sprints for being done instead of one, big iterations are slower.
2. Design &…
by Cedric Dugas on January 9, 2014
GitHub is a very interesting always evolving product, it is becoming more & more the go to software to centralize (yeah I know..) your company repositories but also (and more importantly) keep track of the stuff you have to do in your projects with Github issues.
Github issues is really a simple product & the fact that it is so simple it’s probably why it is so beloved by developers, it helps that it connects automatically with your commit messages making it easy to reference other issues & closing bug without even touching the interface.
That however poses problems if you want to work in a typical Agile workflow. Github issues make it hard to keep track of everything for a product owner because well, it’s not…
by Cedric Dugas on December 9, 2013
Phonegap & phonegap Build are amazing technologies, unfortunately the documentation does not always tell you want you want to know. Here a compilation of issues I encountered while using phonegap build for the first time & how I solved them.
Black bars only on iPhone 5 (not full size).
I had this issue right from the start while using phonegap build, basically the iphone 5 app was the size of an iphone 4 screen. The only way to fix it is to add a plash screen with the screen size of the iphone 5 in the config.xml like this:
<gap:splash src="splash/ios/Default_iphone5.png" gap:platform="ios" width="640" height="1136" />
While the fix is pretty easy, it is also frightening. It’s really hard to sell a technology to a company where unexplained bugs like…
by Cedric Dugas on December 3, 2013
By now I’m pretty sure you know of PhoneGap. The framework that enables you to put an html5 app in a web view & push it into the different appstore. But do you know about PhoneGap Build?
Intended for the ones that do not want to get their hand directly into the sdk, this new product basically enables you to zip your app, upload it, receive a native android, ios & windows app. Nothing to install, nada, no xcode or android sdk to setup. Just a simple zip upload.
Did I told you it’s free for one app?
Seeing the video I was excited annnnnnddd perplex. I had a beta build of the CakeMail mobile app (a backbone app basically) & so I decided to give…
by Cedric Dugas on December 1, 2013
You should know by now that when you click on a link in the ios mobile browser there is a 300ms delay. Not so many people know where this come from, in fact it comes all the way back from 2007. Engineers at Apple were trying to figuring out how to add a double tap to zoom in the page, thus the 300ms delay was born so they can differentiate the events.
Now you are probably wondering why the hell we still have that delay today when we use a meta viewport like this:
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width"> <meta name="viewport" content="user-scalable=no, width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1">
We explicitly tell the browser you can’t scale that app, no zoom required. Well actually chrome for android will support it soon (or already has, not…