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The 5 Pillars of Awesome Team Culture

On Monday, we led a core conversation at South by Southwest Interactive called “How to Create Awesome Culture in Remote Teams.” It went well—we filled the room!—so if you were there, thanks for coming! If you missed it, here’s an overview of what Matt and James talked about. Due to technical difficulties, our footage from…

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Creative Perks for Small Businesses

When Buffer released how much they pay their staff  a couple months ago, I got a little nervous. Other than the fact that I make half of what Joel (their CEO) makes every year, they hire staff for positions similar to ours and pay them $12,000 – $20,000/year more than we do. We don’t make…

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Not Just Another WordPress Blog

One of the biggest misconceptions about WordPress is that it is a platform suitable only for blogs or very basic websites. While out-of-the-box WordPress is suited for such scenarios, people are often surprised to learn that it is actually a very powerful, highly-customizable content management system (CMS) that can be molded to suit complex content…

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Why we have a Client Guide

I hate assumptions. We all do, yet we’re always making them. Assumptions are especially widespread in tech agencies, where too many of us assume our clients always know everything about what we do. At The Phuse, we do everything we can to avoid assumptions. So we made a Client Guide—previously known as our Client Handbook—to…

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Lessons in Transparency

The tech industry is huge. Our team and our clients have no shortage of design agencies to choose from. There’s incredible competition between companies to offer more benefits and higher salaries, but also reduce rates to a level that can’t afford the best people. To truly set yourself apart in our industry, you have to…

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Email & Password Auth with AngularFire

What would it be like if you could easily extend the two-way bindings from Angular to sync with your database all in your JavaScript? What would you call that? Three-way binding? Sounds almost too easy. Thankfully the wonderful folks over at Firebase have taken a special interest in making Angular development fast and painless, which…

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What We’ve Planned for 2014

2013 was a big year for us. We invested in community and culture by—ahem—hiring me. We documented our processes and came up with ways to keep improving them. We’ve added quarterly goals and incentives, plus new bonuses for healthy living, home office, and education. We raised our rates a little so we can keep growing…

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Designer Attitudes That Ruin Client Relationships

As designers, we shouldn’t be so quick blame our clients when things don’t work. When taxi drivers take a wrong turn, they don’t blame their passengers—they defer to their own knowledge and make informed decisions, preventing wrong turns all-together. Yet too often we see designers—and even industry thought leaders—mocking client requests. For example: “Can you…

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Lean Startup Conference: Work with users from day one

At The Phuse, we’re often asked how good ideas are. Thing is, we’re not always the best people to ask. While we do a lot of research and put lots of effort into understanding each project we take on, we’re not the market experts—you are. So how much research has to be done to build…

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Customizing Dashed and Dotted Borders in CSS3

I love seeings designs that push the boundaries of CSS. It’s a great feeling to think that a particular component just isn’t possible, only to come across a lovely, clean, cross-browser compatible solution. With CSS3 trail-blazing a new frontier for modern web design, some pretty incredible things are now possible. But there are still a few…