The Power of Vulnerability in Business, Part 2

“Oh no, there’s this person on my team I’ve been working with for five years and she doesn’t know this important part of me!” worried Sara. (Last week, we shared excerpts from our founder Sara’s interview on vulnerability. Here’s some important backstory – a “real world” example of the power of vulnerability.) This concern ran through Sara’s mind when she came home from Owner Camp, the retreat for digital/creative studio owners. While there, Carl Smith had asked her to be interviewed about vulnerability in the near future. She had disclosed her sobriety and instigated a really authentic group discussion at Owner Camp. Now home, Sara immediately scheduled a call for first thing the next morning with this member of her team. She shared about her 7 years of recovery on that call. Later …

By: Melissa Eggleston
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Updates to Shopify Admin

Shopify made important updates in the last few days to the sales channels and Home sidebar in the Shopify admin. Here’s a quick summary of the changes you can expect to see: Channels are moved into a “Sales Channels” nest in the admin sidebar nav Sales channel settings are moved to the channel’s menu Channel Overview pages are moved into the Home sidebar Buy Button has a new dashboard Please read the details of Shopify’s announcement on the updates to Shopify Admin. The explanations of how items have moved around are helpful. We hope that the reorganization will make your experience with Shopify even better. Clients, if you have any questions, please check in with us.

By: Melissa Eggleston
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We’re hiring

JOB DESCRIPTION The project manager is the key point of contact for clients and the technical team members. They are responsible for ensuring all projects are executed with the highest quality according to timeline and budget; ensuring all clients receive the experience of feeling like they are our top priority and that they are being guided through this process with an experienced, knowledgeable and professional partner; facilitating effective communication between all parties working on a project; producing accurate billing documents for every client on a monthly basis. The project manager responsibilities are as follows: Tactical Work: Monitor and facilitate communication between all parties involved on any given project: be the day-to-day contact for Client, handle all communication between Command C and Designers and Development team. You will be the main point of …

By: Sara Bacon
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Meet Melissa: Content Strategist & User Experience Specialist

Hello everyone! Melissa is a Content Strategist and User Experience Specialist that we’re going to be partnering with over the next few months to discuss all things eCommerce and development related. Melissa is a super talented and knowledgable speaker/consultant who addresses all things having to do with Website Usability, UX and Content Strategy. We’re psyched to have her on board. Stay tuned!

By: Sara Bacon
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Custom Lettering by Olga Vasik

This week, the coworking office that we own and operate, Greenpoint Coworking, got letterered. Pretty beautiful stuff by the lovely Olga Vasik. See the finished product and then how it all went down below.

By: Sara Bacon
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Interview with Tiffany, Part 4: Advice to Companies...

And for the last piece in our Interview with Tiffany series, we pick her brain for some insider advice on what to do and what to avoid in your hunt for a Web Designer.  She also gives us a little insight into her own loves and hates about the job…. Me: What advice would you give someone who is trying to find the right web design firm? Tiffany: Again, in no particular order: PROCESS Look for a firm with a process.  There are a million approaches, and we could debate the merits of one over another for days, but I’d get really hungry and then angry and hard to talk to after a couple of hours.  In the end, what that process entails matters only, insomuch, as it is compatible with you, …

By: Mary Barbour
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Interview with Tiffany, Part 3: The Road to...

Today we shift focus a little bit and ask Tiffany about pitfalls she’s seen clients run into when seeking out a web developer. She talks about how to avoid “The Road to Hell” and then disses on RFP’s! Read on… Mary: What are the biggest mistakes that clients can run into when seeking out a web developer? Tiffany: In no particular order, SELF PRESCRIPTION In my opinion, this is the most dangerous kind of mistake, and one that most people wouldn’t think of making with other professionals. For example, you wouldn’t walk into your doctor’s office and ask how much it will cost to have your leg amputated because you’ve sprained your ankle. Yet, I see this kind of self-prescription in the web-development profession on a fairly regular basis.  My advice to …

By: Mary Barbour
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Interview with Tiffany, Part 2: Yes. (As opposed...

Today we find out which designers our Lead Developer, Tiffany, admires and what is so special about them.  She also accomplishes the daunting task of describing her philosophy on web design with ONE single word.  (Fellow designers, what would YOUR motto be?)   Mary: Which other designers do you really admire?  What types of things draw you to their work?   Tiffany:  Here are just a few, big guys and small guys. Just about everything Happy Cog puts out is beautiful. Mark Boulton Design is building web things for CERN. (Yes, that CERN. ) If I knew nothing else about them, that would be enough to make this list. Noah Stokes is one clever dude. I saw Dan Mall speak once and have enjoyed checking in on his work from time to …

By: Mary Barbour
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Font Allergies

Technically these are typeface allergies.  Why?  Because fonts and typefaces are not the same thing.  Typeface refers to the design of the character, whereas font indicates the particular combination of typeface, size, and effect.  So Times New Roman is a typeface, but 12 pt. Times New Roman is a font. But basically they’re used interchangeably nowadays. The point is, whether you call it a typeface or a font, Comic Sans is nauseating.  

By: lucia martinez
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Meet Lucia

Hello! My name is Lucia Martinez, and you’ll be seeing a lot of me around the site in the future. I’ll be serving as Head of New Business and directing social media and communications for Command C, writing about everything from brainstorming basics to the differences between UI and UX on the blog and in the monthly newsletter. For the past six years, I’ve worked as a technical writer in the IT division of a major financial firm, learning the ins and outs of risk analysis, policy writing, and technical documentation.  Prior to that I worked as a copywriter and editorial assistant at a couple different magazines, composing advertising and editorial copy for print and digital publications. I’m super excited to be joining the Command C team and reading your thoughts and feedback on …

By: lucia martinez
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Because sometimes all you need to do is...

I’m tired. We built ourselves a new website and opened a new business. When I’m tired, I like to make mixtapes of music we’ve been listening to in the office. I like to share them with you. You can download the whole thing at the end of the post. xoxo, Sara Mornin’ – Star Slinger Silver Screen – Beat Connection Morning – Ghostpoet Ft. Micachu Helena Beat – Foster the People Don’t Move – Phantogram Meantime - Givers The Bay – Metronomy Keep You – Class Actress Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 Ft Christina Aguilera (Because.) (Comprised of the top three artists/albums that have been on repeat around here.) Truth – Alexander Vagabond – Beirut How Come You Never Go There - Feist A Million Years – Alexander Santa Fe – Beirut The Bad In …

By: Sara Bacon
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