“Shut up and see what unfolds!” (aka website usability testing for dummies)

User testing

User testing

Today we’re at the annual National Council for the Social Studies’ annual meeting to test the alpha release of our new interactive classroom tools for the Library of Congress.

Usability testers

Usability testing is essential to ensuring that your site delivers on your goals and sets you up for success, whether that’s information access, sales, registration or other engagement actions. Continue reading

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Bean Bites: Is your website guilty of 2017’s worst offenses in design and development?

As we round the bend toward the end of the year, it’s time to take stock of your website’s strengths and how to best position yourself for sustained growth in 2018 and beyond.

New Year Ahead street signBack by popular demand, here’s our interview with the Washington Business Journal — after once again being named to the Book of Lists top web design firms — where we provide expert, insider tips on what sites should (and shouldn’t) have in a great website design.

There’s still time to start the new year off right to maximize your goals and deliver digital dynamite to your audiences!

Read on for our blog post on the top 3 best practices & worst offenses for 2017 website design and development.

Layla

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Try this one simple exercise to guarantee a successful website kickoff meeting

Ranger Rick

Much to our chagrin, Ranger Rick was NOT present at the kickoff meeting 🙂

Yesterday, the Bean Team kicked off the redesign of Ranger Rick, the leading nature magazine for kids aged 7 and up.

Leading a strategic planning and ideation session with National Wildlife Federation, we collaborated with staff ranging from the editor of the magazine to their content authors, web staff, designers and IT folks.

While there is always a palpable sense of excitement for kickoff meetings, there are often heavy expectations to meet diverse departmental needs, too.

How do you align it all?! Continue reading

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Bean Bites: Follow these 3 essential steps to make content connections through taxonomy

Bean Beat

Bean BeatAssociations Now picked Bean’s brains for the three key steps to building strategic taxonomy for your website. Taxonomy is essential for today’s modern websites, since it dictates how everything in your content management system is categorized and labeled. Continue reading

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Bean Bites: Did you catch us in the Huffington Post?

Bean newspaper graphic:

Bean newspaper graphic:

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Launched My Start-Up.

After 20 years of running Bean Creative, I was excited to spill the beans (tee hee!) in a Huffington Post interview on how to build a business and keep your sanity intact 🙂 Continue reading

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The #1 timeline killer for website redesigns (and how to tame the beast!)

In our 20 years in the web dev business, we’ve overwhelmingly found that the key area where folks underestimate their ability and time to deliver revolves around website content.broken pencil Continue reading

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