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CTRL+CLICK CAST inspects the web for you! We proudly feature diverse voices from the industry’s leaders and innovators, who tackle everything from design, code and content management systems, to culture and business challenges. Our focused, topical discussions teach, inspire and waste no time getting to the heart of the matter. Formerly the EE Podcast, CTRL+CLICK is produced by Bright Umbrella and hosted by industry veterans Lea Alcantara and Emily Lewis.

CTRL+CLICK CAST inspects the web for you! We proudly feature diverse voices from the industry’s leaders and innovators, who tackle everything from design, code and content management systems, to culture and business challenges. Our focused, topical discussions teach, inspire and waste no time getting to the heart of the matter. Formerly the EE Podcast, CTRL+CLICK is produced by Bright Umbrella and hosted by industry veterans Lea Alcantara and Emily Lewis.
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CTRL+CLICK CAST inspects the web for you! We proudly feature diverse voices from the industry’s leaders and innovators, who tackle everything from design, code and content management systems, to culture and business challenges. Our focused, topical discussions teach, inspire and waste no time getting to the heart of the matter. Formerly the EE Podcast, CTRL+CLICK is produced by Bright Umbrella and hosted by industry veterans Lea Alcantara and Emily Lewis.

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Episodes

ctrlclickcast.com Mobile Refresh, Part 2

3/7/2019
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The grand finale! Emily and Lea discuss the technical execution of ctrlclickcast.com’s mobile-friendly refresh. We chat about what it took to translate the design into a more modular, modern front-end as well as the challenges and process to upgrade the site to the latest version of ExpressionEngine. Tune in to find out more—plus a major announcement! < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com > Show Notes: Fitts's Law ARIA roles AblePlayer...

Duration:00:49:35

Content Strategy with Carrie Hane

2/21/2019
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Tanzen’s Carrie Hane aims to demystify content strategy! We dive into how fundamental content strategy is to the success of a digital project — and ultimately, its organization! Carrie explains what to expect with content strategy, where it fits in a project life cycle, plus the value this strategy brings to designers, developers, and clients. < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com > Show Notes: Tanzen Blog Tanzen Newsletter Designing...

Duration:00:48:03

ExpressionEngine Community Association with TJ Draper

2/7/2019
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The ExpressionEngine Community Association helped organize the last couple of EE Conferences — what else is in its future? EECA president TJ Draper explains their dreams for the EE community, advocating for education, as well as its overarching goals. Tune in for details on how you can get involved, too! < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com > Show Notes: ExpressionEngine Community Association (EECA) ExpressionEngine Conference EE Conf...

Duration:00:30:19

ctrlclickcast.com Mobile Refresh, Part 1

1/24/2019
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Why did it take 3 years to relaunch a modern, mobile-friendly ctrlclickcast.com? Lea and Emily dive into the business and logistical challenges in launching an internal project alongside client work. We chat about the plan and strategy we had 3 years ago, plus the content, IA and design process along the way. Tune in to hear insights on shifts we had to make to priorities and goals due to the delay. < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com...

Duration:00:53:36

Vector Media Group’s Acquisition of Happy Cog with Matt Weinberg & Stuart Henry

1/10/2019
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At the end of last year, well-renowned digital agency Vector Media Group acquired the equally-renowned Happy Cog. Why? And what does it mean for our industry? We get the details from Vector partners Matt Weinberg and Stuart Henry, who explain how the idea of an acquisition evolved over time and how quickly the deal came together once decided. They share the nuances of reassuring both clients and staff, as well as the challenges of merging processes and services. We also get their perspective...

Duration:00:47:04

2018 Year in Review

12/13/2018
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We close 2018 with our annual Year in Review! What have we learned in tech, business and life this past year? We also share some fun faves to add to your watch, listen, read and play lists. Plus, special guest Erin Lewis is back to give a rundown on this year’s Rapidfire Questions. Spoiler: people have opinions about karaoke. < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com > Show Notes: Craft Coding Challenge Twig Premiere Pro Premiere Gal Going...

Duration:00:43:55

Dealing with Business Challenges

11/15/2018
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Ups and downs in business are a given, but we don’t often talk about the downs. Without talking about our failures, though, how can we learn and find success in difficult times? So we’re giving you a peek behind the curtains at Bright Umbrella, sharing some of the business challenges we faced this year — including losing our largest client — and the changes we’re trying. No guaranteed solutions (just yet), but maybe we can all learn from each other! < Download MP3...

Duration:01:04:37

Designing for People Struggling with Mental Health with Francis Rowland

10/25/2018
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Compassion and perspective. These are two elements that lead design toward a more accessible and inclusive future, says Senior UX Architect Francis Rowland. We discuss how inclusive design principles help audiences with mental health struggles while improving everyone’s user experience. < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com > Show Notes: Mind UK locator NHS mental health support locations Alastair Somerville Misuability worksheets A Web...

Duration:00:50:01

Thriving at Work with Gina DeLapa

10/11/2018
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Our jobs as designers and devs can sometimes lead to burnout, bad habits, stress and worse. Career counselor and author Gina DeLapa joins the show to share practical tips that can help us thrive at work! Gina details the importance of self care and shares examples of what it really looks like in practice. We also discuss the importance of boundaries and self-reflection to help manage workplace drama and deal with negative feedback. < Download MP3...

Duration:00:53:11

Biz Growth & Hiring with Ross Nover

9/27/2018
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Is your agency ready to hire its first employee? Friendly Design’s Ross Nover explains how his agency grew to eight full-time staff and why. We discuss business opportunities and time-saving, hiring vs. contracting out, plus the financial considerations involved when hiring. To help you decide whether to expand your staff, we share resources and advice on how to hire alongside its business benefits. < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com...

Duration:00:47:36

Editorial Design in Craft CMS with Travis Gertz

9/13/2018
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Don’t let technology constrain your design flexibility! Travis Gertz joins the show to explain the importance of art direction and creativity when designing for digital experiences. He outlines some simple, practical ways to apply these nuances as well as larger-scale design flexibility. We discuss how to apply flexible design with Craft CMS, share other site examples that showcase editorial design, plus considerations with client workflow and technical performance realities. < Download...

Duration:00:54:40

Offline Web Experiences with Jeremy Keith

8/30/2018
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From optimizing performance to enhancing the user experience, crafting a good offline web experience can be complicated! Front-end expert and author Jeremy Keith joins the show to make sense of service workers and progressive web apps. Jeremy details the technical aspects, as well as the more complicated UX considerations, and shares real-world examples of offline experiences with service workers. < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com >...

Duration:01:05:12

Philanthropy Tech with Chantal Forster

8/16/2018
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What is philanthropy tech? Technology Affinity Group Executive Director Chantal Forster gives real-world examples of technology affecting change in our communities. She shares the staggering $60B figure that goes into philanthropic efforts and how technology may be the way to put that to better use. < Download MP3 >      < Listen on ctrlclickcast.com > Show Notes: Technology Affinity Group (TAG) Number of foundations in the US 1990-2014 Giving USA...

Duration:00:49:35

Standard Agreements for Digital Services with Gabe Levine & Josh Barrett

8/2/2018
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The service agreements you sign with your clients are more than just legal contracts. They are core to your business operations and client relationships. So you need to get them right! Lawyers Gabe Levine and Josh Barrett join the show to discuss what client services agreements like MSAs and SOWs need to include — specifically for creatives and digital agencies. They explain the importance of working with agreements that are custom to your services, as well as with a lawyer who understands...

Duration:00:56:40

Designing a Modular System with Sarah Federman

7/19/2018
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Design systems can be confusing, especially when people are still trying to define what it means! Adobe Design Engineer Sarah Federman stops by the show to explain what design systems are, why they’re important and the details in their actual creation. We explain how modularity is built in to design systems and how it’s evolved through the years. We touch on how crucial developers are to design systems, how to adapt design systems even for small teams, and share tips on explaining the time...

Duration:01:04:15

Democratizing Tech with Fabian Elliott

7/5/2018
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If you want to solve a problem, you need to first understand the problem. That’s why data is core to Black Tech Mecca’s City Assessment Framework, which is helping increase Black participation in Chicago’s tech industry. CEO Fabian Elliott joins the show to explain BTM’s mission and how they use data as the foundation for change. He details their holistic approach, focusing on education, corporate and entrepreneurship. He also shares how BTM’s framework and model can help other cities and...

Duration:00:46:20

CMS Upgrades & Migrations, Part 2

6/21/2018
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No matter how many upgrades and CMS migrations you go through, there are always issues. In Part 2 of this series, we tackle the technical planning, gotchas and QA of CMS upgrades and migrations. We stress the importance of setting the right expectations with clients, not taking one-click upgrades for granted, and share our tips on how to tackle the often painful process of upgrading or migrating to a new CMS. < Download MP3 >      < Listen on...

Duration:01:01:07

The State of Web Images with Kitt Hodsden

6/7/2018
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From formats and techniques to performance and automation, images on the web can be complicated! Front-end developer and performance expert Kitt Hodsden joins the show to make sense of today’s options — and help you choose the options that are best for your projects. Kitt explains the historical background of web images, along with future-forward options like WebP and WebM. She also shares resources to help with virtually any approach to images, then dives into the solutions that...

Duration:00:53:51

Biz Dev Strategies 101 with Alex Mejias

5/24/2018
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Business development is the key to business success, but where to begin? Alex Mejias, Foster Made’s Director of Strategy and Business Development, joins to the show to explain the fundamentals of business development. We discuss the mindset required for business growth, the basic sales process plus how to qualify leads. We share both the small and larger agency perspective about growth and business dev, the challenges we face and the nuances to consider when filling your agency pipeline....

Duration:01:00:29

Fostering Diversity in Design Leadership with Timothy Bardlavens

5/10/2018
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How can we improve diversity in design leadership? Access. Access to resources, education, other designers … access to the knowledge that design is even a career to pursue in the first place. We chat with Microsoft’s Product Design & Culture Lead Timothy Bardlavens about the lack diversity in the design industry and in leadership, in particular. We discuss the challenges of “diversity programs” that don’t actually deliver what people need, and how genuine leadership is needed for even...

Duration:01:01:14