We're always excited to see larger companies adopt Foundation for a variety of different front-end projects. Evernote, a Redwood City-based startup company empowering the world to remember anything, decided to use Foundation to build their developer's site.
We reached out to Chris Traganos, Evernote's Senior Web Developer (pictured below), to learn more about his insight behind choosing Foundation, and learn how Foundation helped him and his team build an amazing developer's portal for the company.
What is the Evernote Developer Portal?
Our developer portal is the home of our API documentation and technical resources for building apps with the Evernote platform.
What led you to choose Foundation?
Having built many sites, I have created common CSS resets, HTML structure, and grid-based layouts. Once responsive design took off, I spent some time researching the various frameworks that could give me a head start. Foundation was the best in class.
How did Foundation make your design and development process easier?
As a web developer/designer, I often research the common best practices for elements such as normalized header typography, line heights for mobile vs desktop, and what proportions the column and gutters should be on all devices. Foundation is an amalgamation of these common rules and gives you the base for starting off smart.
What part of the design do you feel most proud of?
Two aspects that I am excited to have on our developer portal is (1) being one of the first responsive sites for API documentation and (2) collaborating with our in-house artist Carlos Rocafort IV for the "geek art" found on the top of the homepage. You'll find lots of subtle elements such as dev tokens, api keys, rubix cubes and other easter eggs!
How will the new site drive more developers to build on Evernote?
Our developer education manager, Brett Kelly, has been actively revamping all the aspects of the documentation and curriculum for the Evernote platform. With the new "Getting Started Guides" for iOS, Android, and Python -- we are aiming for providing tools for helping developers learn a new programming language all together. The more of a resource we can be for the dev community, the better off our community will be.
What is the biggest business goal or vision for where the Developer's site will go in the future?
We are piloting more courses and classes for building on the Evernote platform. With over 20,000 developers building on the Evernote API, we are focused on making our platform ubiquitous with smart backups for a user's notes, in addition to adding value to great third-party applications syncing to Evernote.
For more insight behind their new developer's site, head on over to the Evernote blog.