Category Archive for Ruby on Rails

ExhibitFiles is live!

For the past year we’ve been working with the Association of Science – Technology Centers in desiging and developing the ExhibitFiles, a community site for exhibit designers. (The image here is from the CB Radio exhibition which opened in 1978 and is part of the ExhibitFiles). The concept behind the site is simple, too often the exhibit and exhibition development process isn’t recorded for future designers and developers. As a community, we sometimes redesign the wheel as there is no central …

ExhibitFiles: BETA on April 23rd

Three weeks from today the ExhibitFiles website will be publicly available. This National Science Foundation-sponsored Website will allow exhibit developers to “connect with colleagues, find out about exhibits, and share experiences.” For over a year now we’ve been working with our partners at the Association of Science-Technology Centers and Independent Exhibitions to design this community site. We’ve had a great group of advisors and we’ve also received helpful comments through the ExhibitFiles Development blog. The site is being …

Ideum’s New Portfolio: Technical Aspects

Flash is a great technology for presenting information to the user in an interesting, fun, functional and predictable way. It’s installed on nearly every internet-capable machine on the planet, and it’s perfect for deploying a rich media-driven experience. Despite its advantages the system has several noticeable drawbacks. Current cross platform support is uneven (although Flash 9 promises support for Linux, Mac, and Windows), textual content is displayed using a flash-specific renderer (native OS/WM text support is more functional, IMHO), and …

A new look for the Ideum portfolio and blog

As the Web has evolved, so has our portfolio. I’ve always believed that a strong portfolio site not only demonstrates our capabilities, but also reflects our approach towards design and technology. This is our fifth portfolio site in less than seven years and while it is never easy to find the time to redesign, we’ve always managed to squeeze it in between projects. There were several motivating factors at play here for this redesign. First, as screen size has grown over the last few years …

RailsConf 2006 or: How I Learned to Stop Wasting Time and Love Web Programming.

Last month I had the good fortune of attending RailsConf 2006 in Chicago, the first official international conference dedicated to Ruby on Rails. For those of you who are out of the web development loop, Ruby on Rails (or simpy Rails) is an open source web application framework written in the Ruby programming language. In short, the Rails framework gives developers the power to create powerful web applications quickly and sustainably using much less …

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