Discussion and opinion on design, development, business and culture in a digital world.

How Building Online Software is Like Building a House

By Tim Sloan on July 12, 2017

It’s easy to draw similarities between building online software and building a house, which can help you understand the process you’ll go through to get your business online.

How Building a Website is like Buying a Car

By Tim Sloan on June 8, 2017

For many years, I’ve been using an analogy to help people understand how building a website works. Having a website built for you is like buying a vehicle. And for your reading pleasure, allow me to dig into it a bit.

Doing More with Less (Code)

By Tim Sloan in Development on April 21, 2017

Job Opening for a Web Developer

By Tim Sloan in Culture on Aug. 19, 2016

We are looking for a Web Developer ready to work with Django, who is excited to tackle new and interesting projects and either enjoys writing Python or is willing to learn (or as we like to think of it, convert). As a member of the Lift team, you’ll be involved in every aspect of development, from concept, to prototyping, architecting, to launching.

The Lift Way: Project Management for Websites and Web Projects

By Tim Sloan on July 6, 2015

We’ve completed hundreds of web projects and over the years we’ve learned that we’re different so we’ve designed our own way of managing them. 

API-First Development

By Tim Sloan on Feb. 24, 2014

An API (Application Programming Interface) is essentially a layer between your database and the User Interface (UI). The API usually contains all of business logic and controls you need for your data so your UI doesn’t need to worry about that stuff as much.

Success > Scope

By Tim Sloan on Dec. 10, 2013

Project Success is more important than the Project Scope

Better Communication

By Tim Sloan on March 19, 2010

Things work out much MUCH better when the communication is clear and concise.

Do you appreciate failure?

By Tim Sloan on April 10, 2009

I used to teach a few classes on various aspects of web development at the University of Alberta and one of the things I would say to boost the students’ confidence was, “every mistake you make, I’ve made a dozen times.”

Optimize your website for humans

By Tim Sloan on Feb. 17, 2009

You don’t need to go crazy optimizing for search engines! Remember that there are humans reading the content on your websites, and the content should be written with them in mind first.

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