How to design a website when you’re not a website designer

This post was originally published on June 15, 2016, and was updated on Sept. 14, 2017, and June 5, 2019. In today’s information age, every successful business needs a website — even small, independent ventures. But a great-looking website doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. With the right tools and …

How Do You Tackle WordPress for Small Business Websites? Start with These Brilliant Themes Sponsored

Promoting a small business or a startup online has become very popular these days. It has advanced from being a great idea to a practice that is for all practical purposes mandatory today. Fortunately, building suitable websites for these enterprises has become easier and less expensive. Not just any old …

Insight promotion: creating a frictionless (not flawed) workplace experience

To mark the launch of Workplace House, a multi-brand co-creation space in the heart of Clerkenwell, a consortium of participating brands hosted an event to explore the factors that contribute towards a good (and not so good) workplace experience. “Before we begin”, pondered AWA’s Andrew Mawson, one of the founding …

Instagram’s IGTV copies TikTok’s AI, Snapchat’s design

Instagram conquered Stories, but it’s losing the battle for the next video formats. TikTok is blowing up with an algorithmically suggested vertical one-at-a-time feed featuring videos of users remixing each other’s clips. Snapchat Discover’s 2 x infinity grid has grown into a canvas for multi-media magazines, themed video collections, and …

Australia’s design unicorn, Canva, picks up two free image-sharing services, and launches new photo product

Canva, the design and publishing platform taking on Adobe, PowerPoint, and others, has acquired the free stock image providers Pexels and Pixabay and launched a new subscription service for its premium image marketplace, Photos Unlimited. Taken together, the new strategic moves represent a concerted effort by the company to add …

Hunters.ai raises $5.4M for its autonomous threat hunting solution

Hunters.ai, a Tel Aviv-based startup that built an AI-based threat hunting solution, today announced that it has raised a $5.4 million seed funding round led by YL Ventures and Blumberg Capital. Threat hunting has traditionally been a rather manual practice, where analysts try to actively identify potential threats to their …

Google Cloud gets capacity reservations, extends committed use discounts beyond CPUs

Google Cloud made two significant pricing announcements today. Those, you’ll surely be sad to hear, don’t involve the usual price drops for compute and storage. Instead, Googe Cloud today announced that it is extending its committed use discounts, which give you a significant discount when you commit to using a …

Former Uber exec Andrew Chapin takes the wraps off his stealth mental health startup

One can only imagine what it was like to work at Uber in the years leading up to Susan Fowler’s infamous blog post. Many of the company’s leaders were said to be overly-competitive, sexist and inappropriate — “brilliant jerks,” as Arianna Huffington once said, — and its over-arching “move fast …

Rivals in gaming, Microsoft and Sony team up on cloud services

For the last two decades, Sony and Microsoft’s gaming divisions have been locked in all-out war against one another: on price, on hardware, on franchises, on exclusives… you name it. But it seems they’ve set their enmity aside temporarily that they might better prevent that filthy casual, Google, from joining …

Grab’s ambitious plans to digitize Southeast Asia’s economies may get $500 million boost from SoftBank

As people grow increasingly cynical about the power of major tech companies, the founders of Singapore-based Grab remain unrelenting optimistic. Now they’re putting their beliefs to the test with an ambitious plan to use their ridesharing platform to launch an economic revolution across the eight Southeast Asian countries the company …

Progressively Enhanced CSS Layouts: Floats to Flexbox & Grid

It can be difficult to achieve complex yet flexible and responsive grid layouts. Various techniques have evolved over the years but most, such as faux columns, were hacks rather than robust design options. Most of these hacks were built on top of the CSS float property. When the flexbox layout …

Apple’s Tim Cook makes blistering attack on the “data industrial complex”

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has joined the chorus of voices warning that data itself is being weaponized again people and societies — arguing that the trade in digital data has exploded into a “data industrial complex”. Cook did not namecheck the adtech elephants in the room: Google, Facebook and other …

Video: What the 21st Century office of the future looked like in the 1960s

We’re used to hearing people predict what The Office of the Future will look like. It’s been going on for a very long time now and each new generation of commentators on the subject comes up with its own forms of wishful thinking, wild generalisations, distorted conclusions and failures to …

10 productivity strategies for eCommerce pros

The eCommerce industry is demanding, requiring even casual entrepreneurs to spend countless hours and significant effort polishing their websites to perfection. There are plenty of articles providing tips for how to get higher conversion rates, increase engagement, and make your products visible to your target audience. But sometimes we focus too …

New BCO specification guide addresses “exponential times”

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has published its new Guide to Specification, which provides guidance on industry standards for workplaces across the UK. The Specification Guide, last published in 2014, sets out to help office developers address the key issues for the UK workforce in the coming decades, namely …

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: Growth Pilots

Growth Pilots is one of the more exclusive performance marketing agencies in San Francisco, but they know how to help high-growth startups excel at paid marketing. CEO and founder Soso Sazesh credits his personal experiences as an entrepreneur along with his team’s deep understanding of high-growth company needs and challenges …

Government sets out plans to reduce work related ill health

The UK government has opened a consultation on ill health in the workplace which looks at issues such as workplace modifications, the right to request flexible working and interventions from employers. It claims that more could be done on the issue, especially for people with disabilities or long term health …