We love the work we do at Visceral.
Really, we do.
But like any relationship, being around each other day-in and day-out had killed the romance. The flame was weakening and our minds were wandering. It was time for a break.
For the age-old saying is true – absence does make the heart grow fonder.
With that in mind, we kissed our computers goodbye (some longer than others) and headed to the only place we knew we could renew. The one place that would make us stronger, bring us closer together and keep our love affair with what we do alive—Lake Tahoe.
It was an amazing five days, and like all journeys of self-discovery, it was the lessons we learned along the way that defined the experience.
- Heaven(ly) really is a place on earth.
- We all have spirit animals. One of them is a moose.
- Cornhole is actually an indoor sport.
- There are A LOT of frickin’ stars in the new Mario to collect, but with a little help from GOD anything is possible.
- Trapping bears is not as easy as one might think.
- Jagermeister shots in the middle of the day is OK. Right?
- Curry sprinkled cauliflower is the heart of the Wolf.
- Skiing is sometimes better as a spectator sport.
- White vans are only as creepy as the people inside.
- It’s actually possible to “drink responsively” (see the last pic).
- We all really enjoy each other’s company.
It’s been a couple weeks now. Our sore bodies have recovered from the mountain top fun. With a collective sense of renewal, we have returned to work —that feisty love affair we left behind few a few days.
For proof that all of this really did happen, check out the pics. Follow our #thisisvisceral feed on Instagram for future fun.
Inspired by Huffington Post’s article “50 things a woman should know to do by 50″ I started to think of a list of things that everyone should know in the work world… And since I’m not quite 50…Lets just go with the Top 5 things every employee should be prepared to do when they work from home to be productive…and stuff.
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Landing pages. The chance to make a great first impression after your visitor types in your URL or links to your page from Twitter, Facebook, an email signature or ad. They landed there for a reason and you have just a few minutes to make it count before something else – like Kid President catches their attention ( I mean, who can compete with Kid President?) or they get overwhelmed by a page with crazy amounts of content and close the page.
We have had a couple of projects lately to create landing page experiences that will capture users’ email addresses while also raising their awareness around some key issues. So, we thought it was about time for some tips and tricks – noting what some landing pages do well – to keep in mind when designing a landing page.
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Drupal’s Views module is definitely one of the top selling points for choosing Drupal as a content management system. Views are very powerful, but they can be a bit tricky to configure and embed properly on your site, especially when they use features like contextual filters. Enter Drupal Views Display.
Drupal Views Display provides us with a new view display type (appropriately “embed”) and a simple embed function that eliminates the multiple lines needed to embed a view in our template via code. It also has a function to embed the view’s filters separately, which can be extremely useful in complex layouts.
Passing arguments to your view via View Embed Display is easy as well. Arguments can be passed directly using the function parameters following the machine and display name. I’ve found this feature to be extra useful when needing to pass a query string value to a view, since that option is not baked into views.
print views_embed_view('test', 'embed_1', arg1, arg2, ...);
The documentation also describes how to embed specific fields directly, but I’m not sure I understand the point of this feature since the Views UI can be used to specify output fields.
In short, if you are frustrated with the standard views embedding methods, or if you need some more flexibility to embed views and their filters separately, Views Embed Display is for you.
Tips for using Views Embed Display:
- Turn on Embed UI feature for views
admin/structure/views/settings – “Show the embed display in the UI”)
- Make sure you’ve chosen the “Embed” view display, and that it has an machine name under “Other” in the views UI
- If you are embedding filters separately, you must enable the option to “Embed exposed form manually” under “Other” in the views UI
- Make sure the machine name and display name parameters are correct
I like to pull these from the URL of the view’s edit page (admin/structure/views/view/blog_main_view/edit/embed_blog)
As 2012 comes to a close we’re celebrating another outstanding year for Visceral and all of our clients and friends.
As we say at Visceral, we look for work that makes the world a better place tomorrow than it is today – and this past year, we’ve made great strides in realizing this vision.
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Ok, not really, but last week Visceral did come together in Washington, DC for our annual team meeting. With my amateur photography skills in tow, I documented our time together. Thanks to everyone on my team who ignored the clicking of the shutter and did their best to ignore the awkwardness that typically ensues when someone has a lens pointed at you mid-discussion. Read Full Post
If you’d have told me a year ago that I’d be writing a blog post based on something I heard in a yoga class I’d have called you crazy but a few months ago Visceral dev guru Kevin Freiberger convinced me to try a class and it’s been a great experience. (Note: If you live in San Diego and you haven’t been to MOSAIC, you’re seriously missing out.) Read Full Post
I traveled to Seattle last week to participate in the Communications Network 2012 Conference. The conference was a meeting of the brightest communications minds in the Foundation space. It was well organized, fun and informative. Read Full Post