Archives for February 2013

Building Websites that are Accessible to Everyone

MIGHTYminnow prides itself on building beautiful websites that are accessible to anyone visiting. When we teach our classes, we emphasize that not everyone on the web is using it the same way; blind and vision impaired users, for example, employ screen readers to navigate through web content.

homepage of ILRCSFOur commitment to, and knowledge of, making accessible websites enabled us to quickly and competently redesign the website of Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco. ILRCSF is a disability rights advocacy and support organization that works to ensure that people with disabilities are full social and economic partners, within their families and within a fully accessible community. Their new site, designed and developed by MIGHTYminnow, is fully accessible to people with disabilities as well as responsively designed and accessible on mobile devices and tablets!

We very much enjoyed working with ILRCSF, and it seems they enjoyed working with us as well. See their comments below:

The unusual funding cycle of a grant we received gave Kristin a very short time in which to develop quite a detailed website for us, from scratch. The finished product exceeded our expectations in every way, and Kristin also provided clear and detailed training to two staff members who now manage the site. As a disability rights organization, accessibility was a primary concern for us, and I was especially impressed by Kristin’s knowledge of accessibility standards and her attention to details in this area. For her talent as a web designer, excellent communications skills, and ability to work well under pressure and deliver an excellent product within a tight time frame, I highly recommend Kristin as a web designer. We would not hesitate to go with Mighty Minnow again, in the future.”
-Lana, Independent Living Resource Center

MIGHTYminnow is Expanding our Co-Working Offerings!

For the past few months, we have been in the process of nailing down the specifics of our co-working offering. About six months ago, the great guys at Kalamuna came in looking for a bit of space, so we offered them a room. (We have one large room that is best suited for a team of 2-4.) Their company is thriving so they are moving to a new permanent office in Oakland at the beginning of March. We loved having them here, and it was really great to have other people in the office to collaborate with, or pop over if we had a quick question about their areas of expertise.


Co-working also appeals to us because we routinely work with freelancers and we want to build collaborative relationships. For some people, coworking is more fulfilling than working from home or coffee shops, because you often feel less isolated and more productive.

Kristin Long, Alec Renynolds, Andrew Ward, Eddie Mongie, Mickey Kay

So after experiencing a bit of the co-working lifestyle ourselves, we would like to make use of our space and welcome in individuals and small teams to work, collaborate, and learn at Mm. Our large classroom is in use some evenings and weekends, but we have a lot of free space during the workday. Maybe you would like to join us during the day?

We have the perfect space for co-working. We have modular office furniture with all the desks and chairs on wheels so you can create a huge conference table in minutes, then break it down in even less time to work at your own desk by yourself. If you are in web development or design, we have our very own Open Device Lab in our office. If you are making websites, having access to many different devices to test on is an invaluable resource. The ODL is always open to the public, but as a member, you don’t have to leave the building to use it.

Here is a little bit of what is included in a co-working membership:

  • A desk on wheels
  • A comfy office chair
  • A monitor (negotiable)
  • WiFi
  • Printer & Scanner
  • Presentation space / conference room
  • Access to our kitchenette with fresh coffee, tea, bottled water, organic fruit, and small snacks daily; as well as microwave and refridgerator
  • Frequent networking events, meetups, classes, and ping pong tournaments in the office
  • Amazing location in downtown Oakland a half a block from BART
  • Optional locker rental (pending)
  • Access to our Open Device Lab

There are so many benefits to co-working, and we are very excited to start offering our space to professionals in the Oakland area.


  • Private desk (business hours):  $250
  • Private furnished room (only one available to rent, seats 3+): $900
  • Day pass: $25

If you would like a tour of our space, feel free to email us or call and set up a time at 510.629.1440.

Full Circle Doula Group Creates Calming Site for Expecting Parents

calfeedOn the last Website Weekend (January 26th & 27th), Laila of Full Circle Doula Group came to class with the object of updating her organization’s website, which was out of date. Over the course of two days, Laila was able to create a responsive (adapts to tablets and mobile phones), pretty, calming, and professional website. She was also able to integrate a google calendar of on call doulas in two different ways, making it easy for expectant mothers to get in touch with the right party.

Contact formLaila also integrated a location map to show where prenatal meetings and sessions with the group are. She created this Google map with a plugin that makes it easy for her to add different locations and insert them in any page. She also updated her contact page with a form for getting in touch with the doulas and the form responses are emailed to the doulas and archived on the server for later review (Using a contact form instead of inserting your email address on a page helps to safegaurd your email from spambots).

sign up formIn class, Laila added an email sign-up form from MailChimp to allow visitors of the site to quickly get email updates.

Laila worked very hard for one weekend, and with our help, got a gorgeous new website live. If you think this class will benefit you or your company, our next Website Weekend class is on March 16th and 17th. If you have any questions about the class, be sure to email us or give us a call at 510.629.1440!