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Greater Good Science Center and Greater Good Magazine Web Sites Now Even Greater

Last week the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, launched a massive redesign and overhaul of their site.

If you’ve ever worked on redesigning a web site, you know already that there can be many reasons to redesign a site.  Sometimes you redesign because you want to do something totally different visually or functionally. Those are the exciting redesigns, the ones that your staff and your audience are thrilled by. And sometimes you have to redesign because technology has changed and you have to keep up. These redesigns are just as much work, but it can be hard to get your audience (or your staff) excited about the fact that your content management system is updated, or that mobile users finally have the same tools as on desktop.

Greater Good’s redesign is the best of both worlds—beauty and brains, so to speak! The site was split from one into two: the Greater Good Magazine and the Greater Good Science Center. Both of the sites received gorgeous news looks, created by Project6 Design, a San Francisco-based graphic design firm.  Both also benefitted from extensive site architecture overhauls (coded by us).

Screenshot showing the top of the new Greater Good Science Center home page

Visitors to each site will appreciate the spacious and of-the-moment design. Project6’s less-is-more visual approach gives Greater Good Magazine’s outstanding content pride of place on every page, whether you’re browsing articles about forgiveness or empathy, taking an interactive stress and anxiety quiz, or listening to one of Dr. Christine Carter’s excellent happiness podcasts. What visitors won’t notice—if we all did our jobs right—is how easy and intuitive it is to peruse all this content. Those unsexy information architecture improvements allow Greater Good editors to organize and present content by format (i.e., podcast, videos, studies), by topic (i.e., Mind & Body, Workplace, Spirituality), and by author. In other words, there’s an intuitive navigation path for all kinds of explorers.

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Epicurious Says Rose Levy Beranbum One of 100 Great Home Cooks of All Time

Book covers of Rose's many baking bible cookbooks

This is a big week for one of our favorite clients, Rose Levy Beranbaum! Epicurious included Rose in their list of the 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time! While we’re a little concerned about the methodology behind this list (Ed: They didn’t show up to assess the cooks in my kitchen! Did they come to yours?—TS.), we won’t argue with Epicurious—Rose deserves this honor and then some.

Rose is the author of not just one, but several, canonical baking cookbooks: The Baking Bible, The Cake Bible, The Pie and Pastry Bible, and The Bread Bible, among others. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Rose for many years on her blog Real Baking with Rose, and seen up close the formidable knowledge, skill and absolute dedication to detail that Rose brings to every recipe. She is truly a master in the kitchen and a wonderful writer as well, which is instantly obvious in her blog posts and recipes. Her cookbooks are meticulously researched and tested. Even her most complex recipes are made accessible, thanks to her thorough explanations. Although Epicurious has focused on “home” cooks, Rose’s cookbooks are really as much of a resource for home cooking as they are for professional chefs.

In many ways, Rose approaches baking like a scientist. Rose’s understanding of the chemistry of baking is encyclopedic, and her constant investigation and experimentation would fit right into a research laboratory—a most delicious research lab!

It’s a pleasure to join Epicurious in honoring you, Rose. Congratulations!

Rose is pretty giddy about all this herself: “This is an incredible honor and I so value the support of my dear duck friends of Hop Studio who have been making my blog run smoothly for over 11 years, helping to create an invaluable international baking community.”

 

Job Opening - Project Manager

The position is now filled.

Hop Studios has an immediate opening for a full-time project manager.

Hop Studios is Canada’s leading ExpressionEngine design and development firm, with clients who have been nominated for a Webby award for 10 consecutive years (with some winners!). We work with a wide range of client types and site sizes, from newspapers to universities to entrepreneurs, but our focus is on projects that create a sustainable, inclusive and progressive world. Plan for an eclectic but always interesting assortment of clients and projects. In the same day you might work on designs for the website of America’s leading atheist, tweak the review process of a video recipe contest, or help develop tools for a social innovation email newsletter.

You’ll be working on interesting and meaningful projects using the latest tools and techniques for clients in multiple countries. This is the key role for our company—someone who will help grow our business by managing existing clients and projects successfully, improving our internal processes, and ensuring that new clients are brought on successfully.

The project manager will be responsible for proposal writing, project estimation, project planning, managing expenditures, scheduling, co-ordinating resources and personnel within the competing priorities of our existing workload, and managing sub-contractors and freelancers. You will have some budget and staffing authority.  There’s plenty of room for innovation around how we work, and for your skills to influence process and where the company is headed next.

The best applicants will have many of the following skills at the “Very Fine”, “Near Mint” or “Mint” level, in something approximating this order:

  • Proven success in managing multiple website design and development projects simultaneously.
  • Knowing when to use the carrot and when to use the stick
  • Proven experience managing both staff and outside resources—clients, sub-contractors, vendors
  • Experience using shared project management tools like Basecamp
  • Familiarity with mobile design and development; high traffic sites; launching event-based sites, news/editorial sites and/or online commerce
  • Excellent written and phone communication skills (we have a lovely office but our clients rarely visit it)
  • Experience and skill working with ExpressionEngine and/or Craft would be nice, but we expect to train for this
  • Experience and skill working with content management systems
  • Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Docs skills, and nimble acquisition of new software skills
  • PMP certification or equivalent

Yes, that’s a long list, and no, you don’t need to be expert in everything on it; we’re primarily looking for someone with experience planning and executing website projects—the rest will make you stand out and get noticed. Be sure to mention if you have previous experience with other aspects of online or offline development; being well-rounded would be considered an asset.

What are some other requirements?

  • Self-starter with healthy curiosity
  • Ability to keep tabs on all the details without losing sight of the big picture
  • Tenacious attitude towards tracking down loose ends
  • Good at hitting deadlines with a thump
  • Excellent emotional intelligence
  • Can foster teamwork and excellence among co-workers

Who can apply?

  • you must want a permanent position (i.e. not part-time or contract)
  • you must be able to start immediately (i.e. you can give notice now)
  • you should live, or be willing to live, in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • you should be able to work in Canada

Who are we?

  • We’re a 16-year-old company with a focus on media, nonprofit and educational websites.
  • We’re fun to work with (if we’re allowed to say that about ourselves [we are -ed.]), and our clients are excellent as well; there are no waterfall death marches here.
  • We are located in downtown Vancouver, and we have an open, collaborative work environment (no closed doors), with a liberal approach to working remotely.
  • We pay a competitive wage tied to experience with a great benefits package.
  • We work hard, but also have lives outside of work.

To apply, send a cover letter, your resume, and links to websites you’ve built. Send them to:

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And don’t send your resume as a Word document. We mean it.

 

 

 

 

Ten Consecutive Years of Webby Awards

Update: Sam Harris did win The Webby People’s Voice Award in Podcasts & Digital Audio: Science & Education. Congratulations, Sam.

The Webby Awards logo

We’re thrilled to share that the Waking Up with Sam Harris podcast, produced by Sam Harris himself, was nominated yesterday for a Webby Award in the Science & Education category. This marks the 10th year in a row that a Hop Studios client has been nominated for a Webby! 

The Waking Up podcast, which Sam has been producing since 2014, explores everything from the current political situation to why our brains work the way they do. His podcast often features lengthy interviews with pundits, thinkers, and scientists. I especially enjoyed his recent “Reality and Imagination” episode.

Image: Waking Up PodcastSam’s work, and podcast, are unique on the web. He writes and speaks about a wide range of topics, from neuroscience to morality, with the aim of increasing understanding of the self and of humanity. If you’re interested in long-form, thoughtful, and very cerebral discussion, Sam is an excellent antidote to the 140-character throwaway tweet, a passionate voice for reason in our emotional times. His nomination is well-deserved, and the Hop Studios ducks are certainly rooting for him to win!

You can vote for Sam, as well as for other nominees across a range of subject categories and of media types. It’s a quick process to register and vote, but don’t dawdle! Voting ends April 20, and winners will be announced on April 25. Vote today!

 

Job Opening - Web Developer

The position is now filled.

We have an immediate opening for a full-time ExpressionEngine developer.

We’re Canada’s leading ExpressionEngine design and development firm. You’ll be working on interesting and meaningful projects, using the latest tools and techniques.

The most interesting applicant will have many of the following skills at the “Very Fine”, “Near Mint” or “Mint” level, in something approximating this order:

  • ExpressionEngine
  • PHP (CodeIgniter)
  • Javascript (JQuery, JSON, AJAX)
  • HTML / CSS
  • MySQL
  • Common Web service APIs
  • Server administration (LAMP stack)
  • Web hosting and DNS management

In addition, experience using version control systems, doing unit testing, and building mobile / responsive websites will be considered a big checkmark in the “Pro” column.

Yes, that’s a long list and no, you don’t need to be expert in everything on it; we’re primarily looking for someone with experience focused on ExpressionEngine and Javascript and PHP—the rest will make you stand out and get noticed.

What are the other requirements?

  • Self-starter with healthy curiosity
  • Tenacious attitude towards problem solving
  • At least a few years of experience working in Web development
  • Good at hitting deadlines with a thump
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • A long-term interest in keeping on top of technology trends and tools

Who can apply?

  • you must want a permanent position i.e. not part-time or contract
  • you must be able to start immediately i.e. you can give notice now
  • you should live, or be willing to live, in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • you should be able to work in Canada

Who are we?

  • We’re a 12-year-old company with a stable staff, established history and plenty of growth potential.
  • We’re fun to work with (if we’re allowed to say that about ourselves [we are -ed.]), and our deep client roster are all excellent to work with as well; there are no waterfall death marches here.
  • We are located in the Gastown district of Vancouver, and we offer an open, collaborative work environment.
  • We pay a competitive wage tied to experience.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Or anything else.
  • We work hard, but also have lives outside of work.

To apply, send a cover letter, your resume, and links to websites you’ve built. Send them to jobs@hopstudios.com.

And don’t send your resume as a Word document. We mean it.

 
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