Pulling Together to Make a Stronger Foundation

Rafi wrote this on April 11, 2014 in . It has 30 reactions

With the recent release of Foundation 5.2.2, it's amazing how fast the Foundation project is evolving. Pull requests are coming in hot and getting merged. Bugs are getting funneled to the proper people and worked on more often. We've learned many lessons from our growing community, and it's made us also evolve our approach to Foundation. We're going to be working more closely with the Foundation community than ever before, especially with Pull Request. We're giving more direction on the priority issues and coaching folks on formatting them properly. A Pull Request is the best way to be listed as one of 462 Foundation contributors. With 310 commits on 5.2.2 , you can see that the community was heavily involved. We'd like to give a shoutout to the top 5 community Contributors for 5.2.2:

All Your Mock Copy, Mocked Up.
Introducing Laura Ipsum!

Ryan wrote this on April 01, 2014 in . It has 51 reactions

Just when you thought we were done at Foundation. Just when you thought we couldn't get any better than "Lol and Order: CSS". Now we're mocking ... up your copy.

We're proud to announce, Laura Ipsum, our newest service and the latest in all your prototyping and mock-up needs. We've even hired a Laura Ipsum (what are the odds?). A 20-something with the wit to write all the Lorum Ipsum you ever wanted for your prototypes.

Totes McGoats! Lorem Ipsum is my fav!

Laura will be writing in her own unique voice, from the perspective of a 20-something living in the high-paced, high-tech world of Silicon Valley. Or is it just the Valley? Doesn't matter. It'll be words to tickle your prototype. Here's what she has to say about her new job:

Totes McGoats. ZURB is total amazeballs. So sauceome. Can't wait to do Fireball shots with the ZURBians. OMG. Right? So cray cray. Turn...
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Earn Points on the Foundation Forum, Get Certified

Rafi wrote this on March 28, 2014 in . It has 47 reactions

Illustration of the Foundation Yeti with a certification flag. He's wearing his cute astronaut suit, way out in space.

"While we teach, we learn," said the Roman philosopher Seneca. It has been exciting to see all the talented and helpful people who make our forum awesome. We have seen interesting discussions in addition to really great solutions to problems. We think it's a great place to learn as well as teach others the techniques and concepts that you have developed.

All this leads to eventually mastering Foundation, which is the technology that helps us make awesome products. We know getting validation for the skills you built learning Foundation will be useful. That's why we are building a system for getting Foundation certified.

Being Foundation certified means you have evidence that you know Foundation and can implement Responsive Web Design. It will separate you from the herd of designers, especially those who don't code and don't get Responsive Design. You will add...
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Creative Direction is Storytelling

Alina wrote this on March 17, 2014 in , . It has 97 reactions

Storytelling and products go hand-in-hand. Crafting a good story requires establishing a tone and mood. What's the feel and messaging you are trying to tell throughout your product? Is it a cohesive tale, being told through visuals and content? These are crucial considerations when crafting a creative direction.

Creative direction isn't a layer we add as an afterthought. Organizations and designers, however, tend to consider creative direction as a singular, herculean task. But it doesn't have to be. Creative direction can be two phases: creative and direction. The former is about figuring out the storyline of your product, the other is long-term execution. It's important to differentiate which of these two phases you're in and how much time should be spent in one or the other.

Creative is Storytelling

Back in the late '90s, when ZURB was a one-man show out of our...
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Emails from MailChimpan-A to MailChimpanzee: Introducing Our New University Sponsor

Ryan wrote this on March 11, 2014 in . It has 7 reactions

We're thrilled when we see tweets like the one above. It's been amazing seeing more and more people using Ink on their projects. We've learned a lot since our launch last year, especially with converting all our newsletters — 12 campaigns that reach over 100K people — to the responsive email framework. We continue to learn more about emails each time we send one out, like how Gmail has a file size restriction for HTML emails and will clip any message past 102 KB.

Easy enough to workaround, but things like file size and image hosting make us grateful for email service providers. Which is why we're happy to announce our newest ZURB University sponsor — MailChimp.

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We've been sending out our most recent Friday 15 weekly activities through...
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Strengthening The Foundation Community, One Point at a Time

Rafi wrote this on March 07, 2014 in . It has 47 reactions

We're hot on the heels of the Foundation 5.2 release, and we're happy to see how active the Foundation Forum has been since we launched a few months ago. We've reached over 1,500 posts and 4,000 answers with the help of the Foundation community. And we want to recognize people who contribute at a high level. All you have to do is build up your reputation by answering questions and gaining Forum points.

You get a point for each of your answers that's marked "helpful". If your answer is marked as most-helpful you earn 5 additional points. Your points will be displayed on the new "My Forum" page.

Companies constantly ask us to recommend designers and developers versed in Foundation. We saw a need for a place to building a stronger community. Our goal is to build a stronger community that leads the Responsive Design movement. Show off your problem solving skills...
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Start Faster, Go Faster With Foundation 5.2

Jonathan wrote this on March 05, 2014 in . It has 87 reactions

We've been working on Foundation for a while now, and in that time we've gone through a lot of iterations. In fact making Foundation better and better is one of our favorite things to do here at ZURB, and Foundation 5.2, released today, is no exception.

With 5.2 we've made it even easier to get started with Foundation, putting the spotlight on code size, simple instructions, and third-party tools we think will fit right into your workflow. In addition to that we've also shown some love to some of our older plugins, rebuilding and refactoring them to work better and faster than ever before. And hey, bonus? We fixed a bunch of bugs, tightening up Foundation 5 so you can totally count on it. Let's dive in!

Foundation Essential — Just What You Need

You've always been able to get going with a few different types of Foundation, and our newest variation should come in...
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Responsive Pie Charts, Bar Charts and Line Graphs: Pizza Amore is Here!

Brandon wrote this on February 26, 2014 in . It has 56 reactions

pizza amore

The overwhelming response to Pizza, our responsive pie charts, had us thinking that we could deliver up more than a slice of pie. So we went back into the kitchen and expanded our menu. Today, we're pleased to introduce our brand-new responsive charts and graphs, which we call Pizza Amore! (OK, we were listening to a lot of Dean Martin when we came up with the titles.)

What's in Pizza Amore!

  • Bar Charts: You can use an unordered list with data attributes to define the height of each bar. CSS makes it easy to change the color of the axis and bars.
  • Line Graphs: Simply use an unordered list with data attributes to define both the X and Y axis of a line. Like the bar charts, you can use CSS to change the color of the axis, lines and bullets. And it's easy to have more than one line per graph.
  • Pie Charts: Pizza is still there so you can use an unordered list to...
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An Irish Import Who Loves a Challenge
Introducing Our Newest ZURBian

Shawna wrote this on February 24, 2014 in . It has 24 reactions

We don't have to look far for new opportunities here at ZURB. Sometimes they arrive at our doorstep, even from as far away as the Emerald Isle of Ireland.

It's with great pleasure that we introduce you to our newest ZURBian, an Irish import who loves a challenge. Everyone say hello to …

John Leenane, Business Development and Partner

John Leenane

John may have originally come from across the pond, but he's been in the Bay Area for about 14 years. He's worked with companies, big and small (read: startups). He recently founded two companies of his own, but once his path led him to ZURB, there was no turning back.

John's our newest Partner and Business Developer. And he's already gotten his hands dirty, opening up new opportunities for ZURB. He's focused on growing our business and finding new ways to bring ZURB to the next level. As part of our Connections Team, he'll continue...
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Foundation 5.1, Now a Little Lighter!

Jonathan wrote this on February 04, 2014 in . It has 160 reactions

But there's still more to love.

Foundation 5 has been in the wild for about two months now, just enjoying its life as the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world, you know, and we've had a lot of great feedback from the community in that time. The community hasn't just been giving feedback — they've also helped us close down issues. We also went in and cleared a few bugs as well.

We've also been busy building some new sites on Foundation 5, including the retrofit of our Design Apps. We released 5.0.1, 5.0.2 and 5.0.3 so far. But we've made a concentrated push for some new awesome things in time for 5.1! So let's get to it.

Sleeker, Slimmer

Foundation 5 was designed to be the fastest Foundation yet — we measured the performance of our JS dependencies, we built out a new, speedy CLI that uses libsass for crazy fast compiling performance, and we...
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