Archives for September 2013

Chrome Extension: User-Agent Switcher

If you don’t live close enough to MIGHTYminnow HQ to visit our device lab for testing, there’s a handy alternative: User Agent Switcher. With this nifty Chrome extension you can quickly and easily switch between user-agent strings, meaning you don’t have to have a mobile phone or tablet to do your device testing!

That said, remember: there is no substitute for real hands-on device testing, but User Agent Switcher is a close second.

Mm Plugin: HTML5 Placeholder Polyfill

Without placeholder support

Your form without the plugin (IE 7/8/9 & Opera Mini)

With placeholder support

After installing HTML5 Placeholder Plugin

MIGHTYminnow is proud to announce our new plugin: HTML5 Placeholder Polyfill!

The plugin adds placeholder support for older browsers like Internet Explorer 7/8/9 and Opera Mini which don’t support placeholders natively. We simply took Mathias Bynens’ amazing jQuery placeholder polyfill and bundled it as a WordPress Plugin – the jQuery itself is widely used and well-vetted. In case you’re wondering what a placeholder is, it’s that handy text inside a form input or text area that is often used to suggest what the user should enter (e.g. “Enter your email address”). This functionality can be super handy when it’s working, and can create a major mystery for your users when it’s missing (imagine a form without labels, in which the placeholder text is the only indicator of what the user should enter).

Our plugin guarantees that your users are never left in the dark. To learn more or download it, just visit the WordPress Plugin Page:

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Free training for unemployed developers/designers

Thanks to Dave from Fire on the Bay, we recently learned of a new web-y, design-y program for those struggling in the current economy.

If you are unemployed and looking for ways to improve your skill set, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is offering a 16 week intensive training program to help improve your skills. BAVC is a Bay Area non profit that was asked by the city of San Francisco to head up their TechSF initiative to help technologists and multimedia artists back to work. If you qualify after filling out the application, the training is free.

The new training session, called Digital Directions, starts next week and offers 16 weeks of training of Adobe CS6 workflow in Illustrator and Photoshop as well as basic UX, typography, and more. The latter part of the training will be spend working for a client.

There are some eligibility requirements so be sure to read them before applying.

We thought this opportunity was worth passing on.

MIGHTYminnow: Web Studio, School, and now Sewing Lab!

Sarah's SewingWe are lucky to have lots of great space at MIGHTYminnow headquarters and we love letting our coworkers use that space for building their businesses as well as for fun side projects. This weekend, our coworker Sarah of Support Labs turned our classroom into a giant sewing lab for her t-shirt blanket!

tshirt quiltLet us know if you have a project you want to work on but need a larger space to complete it. We love accommodating projects of all sizes from projects like Sarah’s that take a few hours to the folks at Workshop Weekend that use our space for the weekend. We can’t wait to see the completed blanket!

How to Make a Custom jQuery WordPress Plugin