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Bearded.com Redesigned!

The new Bearded website is up! It’s a jaunty little two-pager – and a primarily static site, at that (not a standard approach for us). The whole thing was conceived of, written, designed, built, and tested in three weeks, during a pause in a couple of our client work obligations.

So why the rush? The new site is the absolute minimum viable product for Bearded, and the choice to do our site this way stands in stark contrast to the ambitious, comparatively large-scale new site we’d been chipping away at since late 2013.

Problem is, we came to realize that the big site we’d been so invested in no longer represented what Bearded does. We’d changed. Rather than focusing on full-stack, backend-heavy, soup to nuts projects, we’ve honed our focus to what we’re best at: strategy, design, front-end development, and training. More often than not these days, we’re collaborating with in-house teams at larger organizations, helping them with what we’re best at, and allowing them to do the parts they’re best at, too. This arrangement makes total sense for a group of our size, and we’ve been embracing it whole-heartedly.

Rather than trying to slowly steer our large, 80%-finished ship to different waters – we tossed it aside and built something small and light that does exactly what we need. It was a tough decision to make, but we couldn’t be happier with the results. As we have time, we’ll likely add more features and information. But for now it gets the message right, which is a pretty great start.

I’m constantly reminded of a Hemingway quote that came to me via Hillman Curtis’ book MTIV: “take out the good parts, and see if it still works.” If you like something too much to throw it away when it’s outlived its use, that’s a problem. No matter how enamored we might be with an idea, or a feature, or an implementation (or a whole site!), it’s good to step back occasionally and see if it still makes sense. And if not – to act. We did, and this is the result. Hope you like it! 

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Bearded founder Matt Griffin will be speaking at the Digital PM Summit in Austin, Texas about client relationships and responsive web design process in October.

Everyone knows that the multi-device landscape and responsive design have made everything more complex. In his keynote, Matt Griffin will explore in detail the deliverables and techniques Bearded employs to get clients involved in our projects in positive ways right for the beginning, and keep projects running smoothly to the end.

Go get your tickets now before they’re all gone!

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Let’s Make a Documentary About the Web!

Our documentary about the web, What Comes Next Is the Future, needs your help to be made!

We’ve got a heck of a line up for interviews, and big plans for how to make it awesome. But without some funding, we can’t afford to focus on it as a project and give it the time and attention it deserves. Wednesday is the last day that funding is open, so please spread the word and head on over and back the project!

Thanks y’all!

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What Comes Next Is the Future

This may sound crazy, folks, but we’re making a documentary film about the web!

For the last year I’ve been carting a DSLR video camera with me around the country to web design conferences, making occasional stops in between destinations where peers in our industry reside. The whole time I’ve been recording interviews with these folks. I asked them questions I wanted to know the answers to about the web, how they arrived at their careers, and what they see happening next.

We’ve already interviewed:

We’ve also got the thumbs up from a number of people we’d like to interview next (with doubtless even more to come). Here’s a short list of some of our additional heroes who have agreed to be interviewed so far:

We’ve taken things about as far as we can under our own power, so now we’re turning to Kickstarter for funding. Take a look at the trailer on our Kickstarter page, or look at the wicked website Matt Braun put together.

You can help us by backing the project and spreading the word on your favorite social networks and blogs and things. 

Don’t you think the web deserves a great movie? We do! So let’s do this thing, people.

– MG