Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Best Sailor Moon Funko Pops!


Sailor Moon is one of the most enduring magical girl anime series of all time, and many fans’ gateway into anime in general. If you ask anyone their favorite anime series, chances are […]

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80’s Nostalgia Lives on in AmeriKarate


I have been trying to figure out how to describe AmeriKarate to people ever since reading the first issue, and I think it has to fall somewhere between Footloose (of which AmeriKarate is […]

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Geek deals: Save big on the quad-core Dell XPS tower PC

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The new XPS 8910 desktop PC is a slick machine. The minimalist design emphasizes utility and simplicity while offering a level of versatility that’s hard to beat at this price point. Grab this […]

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Rumor: ‘Doctor Who’ Spin-Off ‘Class’ Cancelled After 1 Season


School’s out for winter, but is it out forever? British tabloid the Daily Mirror last week suggested that, due to low online and on-screen ratings, Doctor Who spin-off Class has been canceled. The […]

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Digimon Adventure Tri Is Good, Sad Anime Nostalgia


Your favorite digital monsters are back, and they have some feelings.

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Check Out Geek.com’s Black History Month Coverage


Power to the people.

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4 Ways Designers Can Use Asana to Organize Their Work


Collaboration, organization, and communication are important to making a design process flow smoothly–especially when you’re dealing with multiple stakeholders or cross-functional teams. After all, nothing is worse than having to waste time digging around Google Docs for a product roadmap from last month or not getting enough context for a mockup you’re about to work on.

However, using an easy yet powerful work tracking tool like Asana gives designers and their teammates the ability to collaborate more effectively. It has useful features for designers that, ultimately, save time and hassle.

Designers can leverage Asana for managing product roadmaps, collecting feedback, brainstorming creative ideas, and tracking various requests and bugs from your team.

Ideas and brainstorms

 

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There are many tools you could use to capture ideas and brainstorms. However, in Asana, you can easily go from ideation to actionable next steps.

Start by creating a project called “Ideas and Brainstorming”. Set up an “inspiration” section to note down work from others you really like and an “ideas” section to track those ah-ha-in-the-shower ideas that you still need to flesh out. Invite other teammates to the project so they can share their own creative musings or start a discussion.

Of course, if you’d rather just have a personal reference of ideas, you can create a private project to track them.

Capture ideas, collaborate with other team members, share inspiration, and then–when you find a winner–transfer that lightbulb moment into an actionable task.

Create and access product roadmaps

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Asana is a powerful tool for creating and managing product roadmaps. Doing so allows product managers, designers, engineers, and cross-functional teams to keep track of high-level goals, assets, tasks, timelines, and feedback in one place.

To better manage your product roadmap, create a new project. Use sections to organize individual tasks by stage of process (planned, in-progress, deferred), and sub-tasks to make sure you don’t forget any of the smaller action points (e.g. “add logo!”). Assign tasks to their respective owners, keep high-level goals easy to access in the project description, and get updates on tasks as they’re completed.

You can also write regular updates in the progress section of a project so that anyone involved can get a quick overview of what was accomplished this week.

Using custom fields in Asana makes product roadmaps even more powerful. Design teams can use them to track creative production by adding fields for type of collateral, channel, and the number of hours it will take to complete.

Track design bug and work requests in Asana

 

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Although Asana is incredibly useful for large projects and product launches, it’s also a good way to manage smaller work requests or design fixes–particularly if you get requests from many different people.

For example, you might create an ongoing project called “Design Fixes” or “Design Requests” where anyone on the team can add a task to report bugs or request designs then get notifications when you complete them. By opening up the project across your team or company, you also allow for team members to check and see if you’re already working what they were about to request — which helps reduce duplicate requests from different people — or get a quick overview of what your bandwidth is like.

For designers, it simplifies the process of getting and completing requests. Unlike receiving requests via email or chat, they all live in one place. You can also create a template task with custom fields for teammates to fill out — like device, URL, and browser — so you don’t have to ask the same questions every time. Further, you can let your teammates know you’re on top of it by “hearting” the task and assigning a projected due date for completion.

Meetings, feedback, and clarification

For both designers and collaborators, Asana makes it simple to give feedback and/or clarification about a project directly within the task you are referencing. Not only does it give better context to the discussion, but it makes previous comments or questions easy to discover during the design process.

You can also loop in additional team members by adding them as a follower at any time, or remove them when the conversation is no longer relevant.

For meetings, create a project to set the agenda before the meeting and record actionable tasks and feedback during it. To simplify things, keep one project for ongoing meetings (like a regular status update or check-in) instead of creating a new one every time something pops up.

Create less work about work

As a designer, work can get complex fast. From juggling multiple stakeholders to working across multiple teams, designers need a project management tool that’s powerful enough to track their work but simple enough that it’s easy to manage. With Asana you can manage less and design more.

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This post was written by Jessie Beck, a San Francisco based digital marketer, writer, and self-proclaimed “internet geek”. She currently works on the marketing team at Asana, a work tracking software for teams. Follow her on Twitter at @beatnomad and get the latest updates from Asana at @Asana.

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Tacoma Groks Old-School Sci-Fi For a New-School Audience


Gone Home might well be one of the most famous sleeper hits in gaming history. It centered its narrative on a young, adolescent girl and her exploration of a nascent love life. As […]

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Streamer Finishes All 714 NES Games After 3 Years

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For the past three years, Piotr Delgado Kusielczuk AKA “The Mexican Runner” has been on a mad quest to stream himself playing and finishing every Nintendo Entertainment System game. After all of this […]

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Nintendo Switch Won’t Have TV Support for All Games

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One of the biggest selling points of the Nintendo Switch is that it is both a handheld system and home console. However, it appears that not every game can be played on a television. […]

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Here’s When You Might See Season Two of One Punch Man


One Punch Man had a riveting first season that hooked viewers in with its unique premise and likable main character Saitama, who could take most enemies out with one punch. That’s not an […]

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Twitch Will Sell PC Games Starting in Spring; Streamers Will Get a Cut

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Twitch has announced that it will begin selling games and DLC via its website. Viewers will be able to purchase titles directly from under the videos of developers and studios. Games can also […]

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BMW Turns LEGO Toy Into IRL Hover Bike

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The LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is more than just a 603-piece model kit. It is also the inspiration for BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic’s Hover Ride Design Concept. Launched on […]

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Tennant Praises Incoming ‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner Chibnall

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Millions of eyes are on Chris Chibnall as he prepares to take over one of the BBC’s longest-running, most-beloved TV programs. No pressure or anything. The writer and producer remains mum about his […]

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Donuts With A Shot Of Whiskey Inside Are Ron Swanson Approved


Ron Swanson likes his whiskey. And while he wasn’t too impressed with the whiskey-infused hand lotion they were serving up at Eagleton’s trendy Essence bar, I’m pretty sure he’d enjoy one of these […]

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New Original Spotify Podcasts Focus on Music in Culture


At the gym, on a road trip, or during the daily commute, podcasts inform and entertain while passing the time. And Spotify has jumped on the bandwagon with the launch of its own […]

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Warner Bros. Officially Announces Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

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Over the weekend, Target leaked the box art and release date for the sequel to 2014’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The listing showed that Middle-Earth: Shadow of War would be releasing on August […]

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Geek deals: Save big on Xbox Live Gold

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Today, CDKeys.com is selling a 12 month membership to Xbox Live Gold at a 23% discount. Enjoy online multiplayer, group chat, free games, and substantial discounts on both the Xbox One and Xbox […]

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What to Expect From This Year’s Game Developer’s Conference


Every year about 30,000 games industry folk pack into Moscone Convention Center for the Game Developer’s Conference. GDC isn’t like E3, where new consoles and franchises get announced. Nor is it like PAX, […]

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5 Reasons to be Excited for Horizon Zero Dawn

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The beginning of the year has been great for PlayStation 4 owners. In the last few weeks, they have been treated to such games as Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, and Nioh. This […]

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Meet Vapor Waif, and the Dankest Skylanders of My Imagination


Skylanders Imaginators doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. It’s the first Skylanders game that lets you make your own Skylander instead of using premade characters. It’s also a Nintendo Switch […]

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‘Black Lighting’ Star Cast, Set to Become the CW’s Oldest Leading Man

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The CW is taking its next foray into superhero television with a Black Lightning TV pilot and it’s already cast its lead. Cress Williams, who was originally on the CW in the show […]

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Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week: Clockwork Droid


You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all? Each week, I will dig into […]

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6 SEO Must-Haves for Web Designers & Developers


The design and development work on a website doesn’t end with setting it live. Having a clean, W3C-validated code and an eye-catching design will surely help you get on the railroad to success. Yet, if you’re looking into building a website that truly stands out from the rest and provides a high-end user experience there are several points of consideration you need to take care of.

Contrary to some popular beliefs, search engine optimization includes a wide spectrum of key processes that go beyond keyword targeting, link building, and raw data analysis. SEO is all about user experience that includes a user-centric design, as well as a personalized browsing experience and website interactions.

Show Your Website to The World

The first step you need to take after launching your website is making sure it’s submitted to Google. To make sure your site gets crawled, you can manually submit your site to Google. There are several reasons why your website could stay unindexed for a long time, some of which include a missing sitemap, slow loading time, hosting downtime, duplicate content, and more. Work together with your developer to see what might me causing the issue and try to submit your site again once you’ve figured it out.

Update Your Content Regularly

A static website that’s rarely updated will hardly grab the attention of the user and the same goes for web crawlers. If you’re keen on improving your position in the SERP you’ll need to refresh the content regularly. Adding new graphical content, including images, videos, and other media types are one way you can update the copy of your website without actually writing new articles and web pages. The new content will let crawlers know you’re still working on your website. Just make sure you’re filling the alt tags and descriptions appropriately to help Google better understand the value of your graphic content.

Increase The Bandwidth of Your Website

As your website starts to build traffic you’ll need to expand the amount of hosting space the site uses to accommodate more users at any one time. Too many users on a server will slow the site down. Expanding your hosting space will allow more users to access the site together. Having an expanded bandwidth also means you can upload more images and content on your site. Running a website with a low bandwidth might be a good initial approach but once you start accumulating more traffic and expanding your website, you’ll see that having less bandwidth can hinder your performance in the SERP.

Create a Captivating Landing Page

No matter if you’re building a web store or a personal blog having a properly designed landing page extremely important if you want to truly make an impression to your visitors. The landing page design and layout should take in consideration the target user’s persona. Creating a great user experience means personalizing the design of your landing page so that it resonates with the needs, style preferences, and content expectations of your visitors.

Building a Responsive Website

As more and more devices are entering the consumer market, traffic starts coming from a variety of sources with a different screen size and ratio. This creates the need for a flexible website design that changes accordingly to the user’s device. While in the past, many websites could rely on a separate mobile version, nowadays, search engines require websites to provide a complete flexibility that supports multiple devices and web browsers.

Don’t Forget the 404 Error Page

There will be times when unfortunately your visitors might stumble upon a broken link or an unexisting page and you’ll need to be prepared for that. Having a well-designed 404 error page will reduce bounce rate and guide your visitors to other pages that might interest them. Some creative approaches towards optimizing your 404 error page are adding a list of popular content to the page or even integrating a mini game that keeps the user interested and blocks his initial autoresponse of bouncing off a broken page.

 

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