From huge performance improvements to a seismic shift in how software is built and maintained, 2014 has been a big year of changes and improvements for PHP as a web development platform. The widespread adoption of the package manager Composer signals the end of monolithic frameworks and vendor lock-in. It has kick-started an explosion of modular libraries, which can be used regardless of whether your website is built on Drupal, Wordpress, Symfony or any other platform. Today we take a look at what has changed and the opportunities these transitions present for your website in the coming year.
For Vermont’s Technology Month, we’re posting about VDW’s contributions to the creative economy and tech community. We start with our work with Symfony, open source software that provides the architecture on which we build custom applications and websites. VDW’s staff are part of a global community of developers who contribute to the tools, documents, and software that powers the Symfony framework.
Earlier this year we launched a website for Smash Your Scale, a revolutionary new online community and therapy program focused on women’s nutrition, health and positive body image. Smash Your Scale chose Vermont Design Works to build their custom and mobile-friendly responsive website, knowing that as a new start-up they couldn’t take any chances when it came to making their website accessible to users, regardless of their device and screen size.
In the summer of 2012 we wrote about our partnership with Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to create the Vermont Food System Atlas, which we’re proud to announce launched earlier last year! As you may remember, VSJF envisions the VT Food Atlas as essentially being the information hub for their Farm to Plate Initiative.
We’re gearing up for another Code of BTV Hackathon. This one is especially close to our hearts as we’ll work with our friends involved with the Vermont Farm to Plate Network at NOFA Vermont’s Winter Conference this weekend.
Early this year FlynnTix, long-time friends and clients of Vermont Design Works, approached us with a request for new website functionality – customer chosen seat selection. The “Select Your Own Seat” project arose out of a need to meet the demands of the modern web user who expects to choose airline seats, as well seats to concerts and major sporting events. In the end our designer and application developers created a solution that is visually appealing, easy to use and allows users to find the perfect seat without any hassle.
With a portfolio boasting such names as NECI, FlynnTix and Lake Champlain Ferries, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we often see our clients in the news, and that was never more true than last week. Today we take a look at just a handful of stories that caught our eye recently.
Vermont Design Works is thrilled to announce that we’ve just launched this year’s Flynn Series website. As one of our earliest clients, FlynnTix has returned to us year after year to build their Flynn Series site, in addition to other ongoing web work on both the Flynn Center and Flynn Tix sites. The 2013/14 Flynn Series site went live earlier this month as tickets went on sale for Flynn members July, 12. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting on July 30.
We’re currently working on an Online Library application for Exemplars that will allow teachers to download teaching materials that their district administrators have purchased for their use, rather than require them to share CDs, as they currently do. As you may know we launched a brand new website for Exemplars last fall and a few months later began work on their new online store, as well as pay-per-click online advertising campaigns. Both the eCommerce solution (online store) and the new Exemplars Online Library are set to launch in early 2013.
Our longtime client FlynnTix recently approached us to help them build a splash page/ordering system to support a new ticket package promotion they’re running for the first time. The promotion, known as Six Pack Onstage, launched last week and is a community effort geared toward getting the Burlington area’s young professional community interested in and enjoying the performing arts at a variety of local venues.