Gustavo San Jose Joins Todaymade As Application Developer

Please join us in welcoming our newest team member Gustavo San Jose. Gustavo will be working as an application developer for our team, building single-page web applications on our signature Node.js and Ember.js stack. I like being a developer because it allows me to create things literally out of nothing. It is truly amazing the power that developers have to build solutions that can result in hundreds of hours saved to the users of those solutions. Gustavo San JoseClick To Tweet Gustavo’s past experience had him focused on providing solutions for desktop applications in C# and WPF. He also has […]


Gustavo San Jose Joins Todaymade As Application Developer

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Bringing Girl Develop It to Fargo

When I heard about a program called Girl Develop It back in 2013 from Jenn Lukas, I knew it was something I needed to get involved with. It wasn’t until I started my position, here at Todaymade, that I really started to realize the benefit of being able to code the websites I was designing through HTML and CSS. I approached my pal, Megan Beck, a fellow web designer who had learned a little code in the past but wanted to extend her knowledge base and help out with this program. Together, we applied for a chapter of Girl Develop It in Fargo, and three months later, we are in […]


Bringing Girl Develop It to Fargo

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Why Strategic Planning Doesn’t Work

Strategic planning is a component of every business. I’ve worked for an association, non-profit, fortune 500 company, and a start-up. In each of these businesses, I’ve been a part of the strategic planning process. When it was time to build a strategic plan for Todaymade, I referred back to my previous experience. The problem is, I’ve never felt like strategic plans really worked. Why? To get to the root of the problem, I first analyzed the typical components of a strategic plan: These components didn’t seem to answer my questions. All of the components seemed valuable, so why didn’t I feel past […]


Why Strategic Planning Doesn’t Work

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Waterfall v.s. Agile – Which One Will Work Best For Your Project

We all have experienced moments when technology has failed us. Most of us respond in one of two ways. We either decide to completely avoid the use of that piece of technology or we get resourceful and hack together some type of complicated system to make it “work” for us. Either way it’s not easy, not without frustration, and often not worth the time. During these technology fails we often blame it on a poorly built product, which it probably is. However, should our blame be limited to just the product? What about the process it was built in? After […]


Waterfall v.s. Agile – Which One Will Work Best For Your Project

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Why Writers And Designers Need To Collaborate

People like to know it all and do it all. Which is great, but there is no one that’s perfect at doing everything. That’s why collaboration is important. When collaborating, you’re taking your strengths and the strengths of another person and working together. In the end, you’ll have a more successful result. We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. – Ernest HemingwayClick To Tweet Why Designers Need Writers By Ashton Wirrenga In the same way writers need designers, designers need writers. Often times I find that writers are told precisely how to interact […]


Why Writers And Designers Need To Collaborate

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What Not To Design

This past year I took my first fully web-based class, Interactive Design. We learned the foundations of code and how to design for responsive applications, but what I remember most was one of our first projects. Our professor gave us the task of designing the worst website we’ve ever seen. It soon turned into a highly competitive project among my classmates as cats, rainbow gradients, misspellings, flashing elements, gifs, background music and so on began filling the presentation screen. As much as we all hated the sight we all created, we thoroughly enjoyed being on the opposite spectrum of design: […]


What Not To Design

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Road To Becoming A Graphic Designer – From Kid Pix To Photoshop

It was 1991. I was living it up in elementary school. Looking forward to recess, gym, my next perm and, most of all, computer time. I remember the day a new computer program was introduced to our class. “You mean we aren’t going to have to always play the Oregon Trail?” Not that it was bad, I was just tired from all the traveling with little food at a grueling pace with only 1 ox. Anyway, I was ready for something to fulfill my creative mind. Enter: Kid Pix. Those sound effects are so amazing… and the bomb tool? I mean come […]


Road To Becoming A Graphic Designer – From Kid Pix To Photoshop

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Meet The Todaymade Interns

This summer, Todaymade hired 4 interns. Ashton is the Web Designer Intern, Alex is the Javascript Software Engineer Intern, Cody is the CoSchedule Engineer Intern, and Krista is the Online Marketing Intern.  This post will introduce you to the amazing talent we brought on this summer. Ashton is a graphic designer and photographer. Her hobbies center around creativity and finding inspiration whether in the great outdoors on the lake, reading a good book, or traveling the world. She currently attends University of Northwestern – St. Paul in the twin cities where she has found intentional communities with lovely people and endless […]


Meet The Todaymade Interns

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Public Speaking Tips for the Non-Public Speaker

Let’s face it, public speaking is always a bit nerve-racking. It can be especially challenging if public speaking isn’t something you do often. Nervous energy is good if you channel it the right way,  just don’t let it take over the entire show. This post will provide you with some helpful public speaking tips by reviewing common pitfalls of public speaking. If you made a mistake in the past don’t worry about it, just keep putting yourself out there and practicing. Gaining experience is the best way to improve your public speaking skills.Click To TweetPowered By CoSchedule Introduce Yourself Make sure you […]


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It’s Your Fault Your Customers Expectations Are Ridiculous 

I finally got around to watching Gravity with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I had heard great reviews regarding the movie and knew they won seven Oscars. All this buzz increased my excitement for the movie as well as my expectations. Finally, last weekend I took a trip to Red Box and rented Gravity. Much to my disappointment it did not meet my expectations. Sure, the cinematography was beautiful, but everything else was not impressive to me. I even had the expectation of watching a movie with essentially only one character. Nonetheless, I was still expecting much more than what I […]


It’s Your Fault Your Customers Expectations Are Ridiculous 

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