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Some companies just don't get it

Oct 28, 2014 8:52 AM
by Paul Chato  |  Add Comment

Recently, Apple came out with Apple Pay for their iPhone 6 series. We don't have it in Canada yet, but it looks pretty cool. Make your purchase, pull out your phone and confirm your identity with the fingerprint feature and you're done. And the best part is that the store does not collect any personal data on you. Well, that's good for you, not for the store. But lots of stores are buying into this so as to not be on the losing end of this revolution. 

Lots of stores, except Walmart, Target and CVS and several other very big chains. In fact, even though their NFC checkout systems are compatible with Apple Pay, they are furiously turning them off faster than the CBC is tearing down posters of Jian Ghomeshi (Canadian reference). The reason is that they are in the middle of putting together their own payment system called CurrentC (cute, eh?) This miracle of convenience will also bypass the credit card companies so the chains won't have to pay those usurous fees to them. 

And do you know what the REALLY cool thing about CurrentC is? It doesn't use NFC, it uses a phone app that is used to scan a QR code. And not just that, you have to set up a bank account first and then confirm your identity by providing a driver's licence AND social security number. Wow. And with the security breaches recently at Target and Walmart, I'd be very happy to have them handle THAT information.

All that sounds like infinite fun compared to Apple's process. Scan the front of your credit card, confirm your Apple identity, and start using. Nothing is stored on your phone or in the cloud. It goes straight to your bank. So, not only is CurrentC combersome, out-of-date it's also (punchline coming) not going to arrive until sometime in late 2015! Wow, these guys are on the bleeding edge.

As one great singer once sang, "You gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em."


Paul Chato

Paul Chato has been many things: a graphic designer, programmer, comedian, head of network TV comedy, game producer, 3D animator, playwright, event host, director and anything else that matches his fancy. Most of the time he is a pulls the levers at YourWebDepartment.com and is most excited about LiveBuild™.
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New website built by Your Web Department: International Lawyers Group

Oct 23, 2014 10:44 AM
by Flavio Mester  |  Add Comment

International Lawyers Group

www.ilgonline.org

International Lawyers Group (“ILG”) is a not-for-profit network of independent law firms and legal practitioners.  Since it was founded in 1978, ILG has built a network of lawyers around the world who are committed to the delivery of legal services of the highest quality.

With members in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas, ILG is a truly global network of qualified and experienced lawyers from different countries.

Your Web Department built a new website that remained faithful to ILG’s previous web presence. We also implemented a third-party solution that allows the client to easily manage all the aspects of their membership system on their own.

 


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Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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Georgia Hardy Tours launches new website designed and built by Your Web Department

Sep 29, 2014 12:30 PM
by Flavio Mester  |  Add Comment

Georgia Hardy Tours

www.ghardytours.com

Georgia Hardy Tours is a premium travel company that designs custom itineraries around the globe for small groups, student travelers and educational institutions. Located in Toronto, their clients include traditional Canadian schools like Ridley College, Toronto French School, MacLachlan College and many others, as well as schools in Pittsburgh and San Francisco. They also cater to a number of cultural institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum, York University, the Gardiner Museum and Queen’s University.

The design challenge here was to come up with a look and feel that would be appealing to parents and teenagers, as well as a corporate audience. The website also had to be extremely easy to manage and update by a non-technical staff, while maintaining its visual consistency. I believe we achieved that.

Not only is Your Web Department a very flexible platform to build websites; it also allows clients to update content very easily. That’s a critical aspect for Georgia Hardy, who is constantly adding new programs. The system allows them to duplicate entire pages with a single click, and then modify the information as needed without any coding.

The redesigned website just went live and it’s fully mobile-optimized.

Georgia Hardy Tours

www.ghardytours.com


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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Website redesign by Your Web Department: www.videoit.ca

Sep 12, 2014 9:55 AM
by Flavio Mester  |  Add Comment

VIDEOit

www.videoit.ca

VIDEOit is a Toronto video production company specializing in producing engaging and cost effective videos for companies of all sizes. We did a complete design overhaul of their website, and also built a mobile-optimized version. They're now able to easily update the content on their own while keeping the design consistent.

 


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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New simple and clean website: Colette Asselin

Sep 5, 2014 10:27 AM
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Colette Asselin

www.coletteasselin.com

Colette Asselin is a RN, a Certified Health Coach and a Reiki Teacher who helps clients learn how to awaken and revitalize their life through nutrition, movement, ways of thinking and stress management. Your Web Department designed and built her website in just a few days, and the feedback has been fantastic.

 


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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Montcrest School gets a new website designed and built by Your Web Department

Aug 7, 2014 10:52 AM
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Montcrest School home page

www.montcrest.on.ca

Founded in 1961, Montcrest School is a co-educational, non-denominational independent school whose campus overlooks Riverdale Park in the Broadview and Danforth area in Toronto. They chose the YWD Content Management system for its flexibility and ease of use, and hired us to do a complete design overhaul. The website contains hundreds of pages that are maintained and updated directly by the Montcrest staff.

The new design reflects Montcrest's new branding and its co-educational community aspect, small enough to honour the individual and big enough to provide an exceptional academic experience with balanced opportunities in leadership, the arts, and athletics.

Montcrest also needed to provide an online calendar that could be easily accessible through the main website or on its own and from a variety of devices. For that, we specified WordPress – we're platform agnostic here at Your Web Department – and integrated it seamlessly with the main website in the YWD patform, whose CMS is much simpler to use than WordPress.

Montcrest calendar

www.montcrest.on.ca

 


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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Your website is not an event, it is a journey. Here is ours

Jul 11, 2014 12:05 PM
by Flavio Mester  |  Add Comment

As you may have noticed, we have just recently completely changed the look of our public website. It is now more focused and direct, hopefully making clear our core message that we’re not just web developers that have their own platform, but rather that we’re there whenever businesses need us.

A website isn’t an end on itself; it’s not a static event. It is a journey, and as such it evolves over time, and we here at Your Web Department has been evolving and growing alongside our clients since 2006. This post will show the evolution of our own website, reflected not just by its changing art direction but also by its core message. So here we go:

July 2014

YWD in 2014

 

January 2014

YWD in 2013

 

2013

YWD in 2013

 

2012

YWD in 2012

 

2010

YWD in 2010

 

2008

YWD in 2008

 

2006

YWD in 2006


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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Mobile platform wars. Life or death.

Jun 30, 2014 8:00 AM
by Paul Chato  |  Add Comment

We have entered a new era of platform wars. It’s been an interesting evolution. In the beginning when our computing world centred around operating systems and desktops, Microsoft was king. As CPM, Zenith 100 and Tandy TRS fell by the wayside leaving MacOS as the only useful competing desktop operating system I’m sure Microsoft thought the world was theirs. 

Who knew it wasn’t the computer on your desk that was important but the computer in your pocket? The device that is with you all the time. And if you look at how the world has changed with all those hordes out there doing little but staring at their phones all day you know we’ve passed the tipping point.

I can see the day when everyone will be wearing GoPro cameras on their foreheads so they can continue to stare down at their phones while having a forward facing view in a tiny box on their screens. Walking and working at the same time. 

But now with the advent of car connected devices and home automation we are onto a whole new platform war? Are we now going to have to pick our cars based on mobile OS compatibility? “I really like that car but if it only supports Android then I can’t buy it.” “I love the home but my phone is not HomeKit compatible, sorry.” This is a bit weird.

Frankly, I don’t see it lasting. At some point legislators are going to establish some kind of open source standard for all manufacturers to follow. 

“I’d love to try to save you, sir, but the defibrillator is an Apple Health Kit device and I only have an Android phone. Looks like you’re gonna die, sir.”


Paul Chato

Paul Chato has been many things: a graphic designer, programmer, comedian, head of network TV comedy, game producer, 3D animator, playwright, event host, director and anything else that matches his fancy. Most of the time he is a pulls the levers at YourWebDepartment.com and is most excited about LiveBuild™.
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No one understands small business websites better than Your Web Department.

Jun 18, 2014 3:53 PM
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Well, that's a hairy bold statement. Prove it!

The other day I was thinking, what makes Your Web Department unique? And after building more than 2,000 websites and working with every kind of small business owner out there, I can confidently write that we know where you're coming from. We understand your anxiety and we know what works. 

All our website competition treats building a website as if you were preparing to climb Mt. Everest. They spend an endless amount of time (and your budget) putting together the branding experience and the positioning framework. Then with the help of very expensive programming sherpas you scale the website mountain. You are at the peak. You are euphoric. (probably because the air is a bit thin)

But then you want some changes. Darn you need those damn programming sherpas. It’s expensive to get them to climb back up.

And you realize your business has changed. Your customers really like this other thing you’re doing. You need to make adjustments to the design of your website, but you can’t afford to. You just can’t scale another mountain.

Your Web Department is a completely different website build and maintenance experience. YWD is a journey, not a destination, which just happens to be exactly what a small business is.

We built Your Web Department for small businesses under the assumption that most small businesses are in a constant state of evolution and change. So obviously building a website and leaving it unchanged for 5 years doesn’t make any sense, does it? Yet that is exactly what many business owners do because a) you paid so much for it you want to recoup your investment, b) the agency you hired does the website updating and you hate paying for changes.

While we still strongly recommend that you get your branding and content requirements pulled together before starting your website, with Your Web Department it’s not required because you can easily change content and update the design as things change. And as we all know, even with the best of plans your business will change because as a business person you have only one goal and that is to stay in business. Nokia started by making rubber boots, after all. 

Only Your Web Department understands the role of constant change in small businesses. We built our No-code, self-managed YWD website platform to accommodate it. We built our customer service process around it and we built our website design services around it. Using LiveBuild, we'll even build your website for FREE. 


Paul Chato

Paul Chato has been many things: a graphic designer, programmer, comedian, head of network TV comedy, game producer, 3D animator, playwright, event host, director and anything else that matches his fancy. Most of the time he is a pulls the levers at YourWebDepartment.com and is most excited about LiveBuild™.
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Watch Detail goes live with a website designed and built by Your Web Department

Jun 2, 2014 11:16 AM
by Flavio Mester  |  Add Comment

www.watchdetail.com

www.watchdetail.com

Watch Detail is a web magazine for watch enthusiasts who care about the details of their favorite timepieces and who want up-to-date information about new models from a perspective that goes beyond the press release. We cover all the brands, news, events and shows as fellow enthusiasts, reporters and watch industry insiders.

Editor in Chief Carol Besler has written about watches for more than 25 years. From 1990 to 2005 she was editor and eventually publisher of Canadian Jeweller magazine, while contributing regularly to several other publications: International Watch, Robb Report, Patek Philippe Magazine, Financial Post, Journal Haute Horlogerie, Fashion Magazine and Worth. From 2006 to 2009 she was editor of the ladies edition of International Watch and remains a regular contributor to several publications, including the above, as well as Watch Journal, Chronos, The New York Times (Watch Your Time), Nuvo, Experience (for Bombardier) and the custom watch and jewelry magazines published by Tufts Communications, where she is editorial director. 


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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