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We’re a Nominee and Honoree for the 18th Annual Webby Awards!

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We’re thrilled to announce that our Deep Dish Mtl app has been nominated for Best Lifestyle App in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The judging panel is comprised of web industry experts including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, to name a few.

Needless to say, the competition is stiff— so we need your vote! Others in the running for Best Lifestyle App are Jamie Oliver’s Recipes and Glenlivet—The Cask, while Honorees went to Whole Foods Market Recipes, Food Network— In the Kitchen, Harrod’s Magazine, and My Volvo Magazine. Not bad!

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Apr 9, 2014

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Dynamo’s Good Practices for Mobile Commerce - Spree Webinar

Today André Valle and Max Kaplun delivered a webinar for Spree where they talked about good practices Dynamo has identified on our quest to optimize our clients’ sites and businesses. 

Going forward, ‘optimization for conversion’ is Dynamo’s next killer new feature! For that reason, we’ve been working hard to add that intelligence to our business practices, and in the case of commerce sites, we’re confident that it’s of extreme importance. 

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Apr 9, 2014

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Join Dynamo’s conversation on Mobile Commerce at SpreeWebinar this Wednesday.

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This Wednesday, Dynamo continues the conversation started by Bryan Mahoney at SpreeConf 2014 in NYC. 

In this version of the talk, our art director Max Kaplun and content strategist/web analytics expert André Valle will talk about Dynamo’s quest to optimize our clients’ sites and businesses. More specifically, they will talk about optimization for mobile eCommerce sites.

So if you, too, are eager to learn about how Mobile Commerce, optimization, art direction, a/b tests, web analytics, and content strategy all fit together: Join us!!

15 Best Practices for Mobile Commerce - From the Real World

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 
2:00 PM EDT

Click here to register!

See you there!

Apr 7, 2014

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Dynamo’s Shiny New Help Desk

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“You’re only as good as the company you keep.” If this common sentiment bears any fruit, then Dynamo is pretty great; we keep great company, from our top-notch clientele to our world-class team of strategists, designers, project managers, analysts, engineers, and everything in-between. But even a bevy of elite professionals won’t negate that other old truism: Artisans are only as good as their tools.

With that in mind, Dynamo recently set out to expand our toolbox with a new support platform. This article tells the story of our selection process.

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Apr 7, 2014

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What Is A Brand?

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I’ve always really enjoyed the process of creating or enhancing a brand, though if asked “What is a brand?” I’m not sure I could come up with an immediate, definitive answer. Is it a logo, a tagline, an ad campaign, an intangible feeling?

So I’m in the middle of my first-ever online course via FutureLearn entitled The Power of Brands (big thanks to Johnny Dynamo for the tip) and during the first week the president of the design division of Sterling Brands, Debbie Millman*, contributed a short list of possible answers to the question, “What is a brand?”

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Apr 3, 2014

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Stop Trying to Look Productive.

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Which employee is more productive: The one lying on the sofa staring at the ceiling, or the one sitting at their desk staring at their computer?

First, a little backstory. After 8 years of working onsite as an art director for various design agencies, I recently moved across the Atlantic to Stockholm, but have maintained a spot on the Dynamo roster as a remote art director. I now do exactly the same thing I did before, all without ever setting foot in the Dynamo studio. 

I’m now two months into this new arrangement, and it seems as though the combo of freedom and responsibility is teaching me a few things about myself and how I work best. And with remote working becoming more and more of a viable solution for businesses and employees alike, these new habits I’m forming may soon be regarded as pretty darn normal for any style of workplace in the very near future…

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Mar 25, 2014

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Our man in Toronto: Impressions from jQueryTO 2014

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It comes a time in every developer’s life when we join a hoard of programming peers in full-day events, where code and technology are the main subject of keynote presentations and nerdy social interactions. These events are also simply known as conferences. If you’ve been in the biz long enough, you know there’s one specially tailored for every single job title and programming language out there.

Things are no different with jQuery, a JavaScript framework that was born over eight years ago and has a solid place established in the toolkit of most front-end developers. The fact that Canada was only recently included in their range of summits, conferences and learning events isn’t more surprising than the actual upgrade given to their Toronto instance on its second edition.

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Mar 19, 2014

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Experiencing “The Crisis of Criticism”: My Takeaways from OFFF QC

As a designer, going to conferences is key to getting inspired and motivated to keep pushing forward. As a member of the Montreal Meets team, I was lucky enough to go to the first OFFF QC 2014 (part of the OFFF Festival) held on March 14th at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit.

The speaker lineup appealed to all types of creatives in various fields. There was James Victore, Sakchin Bessette from Moment Factory, Juan and Alejandro Mingarro from BrosmindRama Allen from The Mill/The Mill+, and Joshua Davis. Of all the speakers I was hands-down most inspired by Rama Allen and in this post I will be sharing his key points.

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Mar 18, 2014

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Dynamo’s New Social Nucleus

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At Dynamo, we think that communication is vital to a healthy work environment. Because our team is dispersed throughout the globe, we use collaboration tools to keep everyone in contact. For project management, we use Basecamp; for code, we use GitHub; etc.

These tools are great for specific use-cases. But what about more general scenarios? How do we make announcements, or discuss software bugs, or share cool things we find? More to the point: how do we do all of that in one central, online hub?

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Mar 17, 2014

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Owning Inquisitions

One of the best things about the culture at Dynamo is our commitment to making remote work, work. If you don’t feel the productivity flow in the office, just step out and work from anywhere. Even better, if the weather in MTL isn’t making you happy, simply fly South for a couple of months and relax, working by the beach.

Having this kind of freedom, while great, poses a myriad of issues. To hit all of them in one setting would be monstrous. For now, let’s take it slow and focus on just one:

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Mar 12, 2014

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3 Ways to Expert-Focus: Books, Classes and Practice.

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Wow, 2014 is moving fast. 

It’s March and it’s almost been three months since my first blog post on “expert-focus”. 

For those of you that haven’t read it yet, the objective was to encourage readers to get stuff done. The message went like this: for professional and personal reasons, find something that drives you to want to be better. Then work hard to improve that something as best as you can. Result: you’ll be better at what you do, be more confident doing it and provide colleagues and clients with better quality work and added value.

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Mar 10, 2014

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Pain

I love GitHub, both as a service, but also as a company. I admire how they think constantly about their development processes and what can be improved upon. This trait is so ingrained they devote an entire group, their Friction Team, to sanding down rough edges and alleviating pain.

We don’t have a Friction Team at Dynamo, but we certainly have friction. I think a lot about friction, and about pain. I’m pain-averse. Pain is tedious, and it’s expensive. I’m not satisfied muddling through a tedious experience—I want to make sure I never slog through that particular muck again.

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Mar 7, 2014

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Dynamo’s Good Practices for Mobile Commerce (From the Real World) - SpreeConf 2014

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At this very moment, our Bryan Mahoney is delivering a presentation at SpreeConf on the good practices that Dynamo has developed in our quest to optimize our clients’ sites and businesses. Our studio has been on the Spree wagon since 2009, and it’s been a great ride! We’ve learned a ton and we have a decent sized roster of clients who are happy to have us working with such a robust and reliable platform. 

Going forward, ‘optimization for conversion’ is our next killer new feature! We’ve been working hard to add that intelligence to our business practices, and in the case of commerce sites, we’re confident that it’s of extreme importance. 

So how exactly can we optimize our sites taking into account the business model of our client, and the specs of the visitors who really matter? It’s easy to find best practices on the Internet, but are they meaningful to our clients?

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Feb 27, 2014

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The Dynamo Lifestyle

Let’s face it, working full time and maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle is tough. Which is why I’m grateful that Dynamo is one of those few companies who support a work-life balance.

"According to Mike Steinerd, director of recruiting at Indeed "Work-life balance feeds passion for the workplace and contributes to a better overall work environment and morale. When there is a separation of church and state – meaning personal and professional life – employees feel more appreciated. In turn, they are happier, more committed, more productive, and therefore will likely stay with the company for a longer period of time” (Smith).

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Feb 27, 2014

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nous.sommes.français@dynamo.com

Tout comme la plupart des gens, j’aime voyager à l’étranger. Et ce n’est pas seulement la poursuite des rayons du soleil et des plages blanches qui m’intéresse.

Évidemment, j’aime absorber la culture d’un pays en me laissant emporter par ses bruits, ses odeurs, sa beauté, ses gens ainsi que le bourdonnement de la ville. Mais ce que j’adore le plus de mes expériences à l’étranger c’est les interactions humaines. Que ce soit en allemand, en espagnol ou en portugais, les expériences les plus enrichissantes des mes séjours à l’étranger sont celles où je communique avec les locaux dans leurs langue respective. J’aime voir les gens sourire lorsque je fais l’effort de commander un café ou de demander des directions pour le musée dans la langue natale de la région dans laquelle je suis. Mes efforts ne démontrent pas seulement ma passion pour les cultures différentes mais aussi que je les respecte.

Ici chez Dynamo, j’ai aussi la chance, quotidiennement, de m’exprimer dans une langue autre que l’anglais. Étant donné que nous sommes basés dans le Vieux-Port de Montréal (Québec) et que plus qu’un tiers des employés sont d’origine, linguistiquement, de la Langue de Molière, le français est omniprésent dans le studio de Dynamo. D’ailleurs, que ce soit par courriel ou lors des réunions, quelques employés de Dynamo communiquent de façon régulière en français avec plusieurs de nos clients. 

Comme le titre de ce billet de blogue l’indique, ceci est une proclamation au monde entier que l’équipe à Dynamo est bien muni pour servir des clients en français. Si vous êtes situés à Kinshasa, à Lyon, à Bruxelles ou même ici dans la Belle Province, nous avons hâte de vous fournir des solutions de design et de développement web!

Feb 19, 2014

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