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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

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 1990-2014Giving USA 2017: Total Charitable DonationsRalph C Wilson Jr...

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. Show Notes: 3 Signs It’s Time to Migrate to a New CMSUpdating StatamicMigrating...

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...

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

CMS Upgrades & Migrations, Part 1

4/26/2018
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How do you decide whether to upgrade your CMS or if it’s time to consider new software? Do you understand the benefits of one or the other? In Part 1 of this series, Emily and Lea discuss the benefits of upgrading or migrating sites from a client’s perspective. We break down how the decision goes beyond tech, share processes with real-world scenarios, how we compare software, and quick tips on how to decide which direction to go. Show Notes: Demystifying Web Maintenance for...

Duration:00:50:17

Web Design Fundamentals for Developers with Tracy Osborn

4/12/2018
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Should developers understand design? Yes, says developer, designer and entreprenerd Tracy Osborn. She joins the show to discuss her “Hello Web Design” book, which gives developers and programmers a friendly intro to web design principles. We discuss why developers should understand design fundamentals and dive into some of the similarities with learning development principles. Tracy also details the handy shortcuts in her book — from color to typography to layout — that give developers...

Duration:00:57:17

Localization Best Practices with Ira Frimere and Michael Harris

3/29/2018
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Go beyond Google Translate! Acclaro’s Ira Frimere and Michael Harris join the show to discuss the business, development and process that go into localization for the web. We dive into client workflows, the business benefits of localization, balancing machine and expert human translation, as well as the UX, front-end and CMS considerations for multilingual sites! Show Notes: Creating a multilingual website can boost your global success.Google TranslateBing Microsoft TranslatorCraft CMS...

Duration:00:56:59

Project Management for the Web with Rachel Gertz

3/15/2018
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Project management isn’t just about tasks, time and budget. Good PM is about better communication, better outcomes and better profits! Digital PM Trainer Rachel Gertz returns to the show to dispel myths about project management and explain how essential it is to the success of a project and, more importantly, a client relationship. She defines PM for today’s digital projects, which is more than organizing and scheduling — it relies on a foundation of communication and empathy. Rachel also...

Duration:01:05:09

Practical Accessibility with Jason Nakai

3/1/2018
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With new federal laws in place, accessibility is a huge priority for government agencies and organizations that receive federal funding. But accessibility is more than just technical specifications. Information Architect and Usability Engineer Jason Nakai joins the show to discuss the practical aspects of accessibility projects — for websites and software. We share experiences from a “simple” website accessibility project to a large-scale, federal software accessibility effort. We detail...

Duration:01:08:20

Creativity Thru Connection with Sonja Rasula

2/15/2018
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Is your phone always by your side? Founder & CEO of the The Unique Empire Sonja Rasula says it’s time to disconnect in order for creativity to flourish and allow stronger human connection. In the first episode of 2018, we dive into the contradictory nature of technology as it simultaneously draws us closer and further apart. We discuss simple changes that allow you to regularly disconnect from your devices, how removing devices during meetings can improve communication, and ultimately, how...

Duration:00:56:04

2017 Year in Review

12/14/2017
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For our 2017 finale, we look back at all we learned in business, technology and life this past year. We reflect on ongoing goals, challenges we faced this year and how we overcame them, plus we also address what we hope for 2018. Of course, we touch on our fave Rapidfire questions — what are they? Tune in to find out! We’re on hiatus for a couple months (tune back in February 15, 2018) but we’ll see you on the other side! Happy new year! Show Notes: 2016 Year in ReviewPerformance...

Duration:00:50:47

Demystifying Web Design for Clients

2/2/2017
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Don’t expect your clients to understand every aspect of the web — that’s our job! And the first step to improving sales and client relationships is to break down technical language barriers. Industry terms can confuse and intimidate, so Emily and Lea share analogies and scenarios that more clearly explains the value of web design at every step. Through non-technical explanations (complete with examples) Emily and Lea bridge the gap between what we do as web designers and how it relates to...

Duration:00:50:49

Success from Failure with Erik Reagan

1/19/2017
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Start 2017 with a new perspective on success and failure! Web developer and entrepreneur Erik Reagan returns to the show to share his own lessons learned about finding professional success and managing failure. We discuss what success and failure really is (hint: it isn’t you), how to define measurable goals, and the importance of learning and reflection. Erik also offers suggestions for managing the ebb and flow of priorities, so that success (or failure) at work doesn’t negatively impact...

Duration:01:02:48

Developing a Signature Design Style

6/30/2016
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Tired of websites looking the same? So are we! Hosts Lea and Emily discuss how signature design style benefits designers and their clients. We weigh in on the pros and cons, how to find a signature design style and apply it, as well as how other phases of a project cycle is affected by a design style. Lea also shares some resources to help designers create their own signature design style. Show Notes: Designers! You Should have a Signature Style!Can You Justify Design?Art of...

Duration:01:09:04

Emotional Intelligence in Design with Beth Dean

6/16/2016
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When we go online, the stresses and triggers of our offline lives go with us. So the apps, sites and technology we use online need to account for those stressors. Special guest Beth Dean returns to the show, this time to talk about emotional intelligence in design. She shares her own lessons learned working at Facebook, trying to anticipate and avoid the friction that can occur when the design process doesn’t consider the human factor. Beth also offers tips for how to be more emotionally...

Duration:00:56:27

Connecting to 3rd Party APIs with Mitchell Kimbrough

6/2/2016
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Websites are no longer silos. There is an increasing need to connect various services together through their APIs. Solspace founder and developer Mitchell Kimbrough returns to the show to explain how he approaches requests for 3rd-party API integration. He shares what a good API looks like, emphasizes a discovery-first approach, goes through technical tips like his “crud” script to help test assumptions and troubleshoot, but most importantly, shares scenarios on how to navigate the human...

Duration:00:59:32