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The Casio Challenge

With every new year we tend to assess the many facets of our lives and focus on the things that are not working. This seems to be common with every passing year, so I decided to see how I could curb the amount of time I spent staring into my phone. Even as I write this, I have already been interrupted by the urge to check it.

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The year 2016 was a year of forward motion for us at Manoverboard. We made great strides in our work, creating new strategies, sites, and identities for clients that are helping to solve some of the planet’s most challenging issues.

As a Certified B Corporation, we also made strides in conceptualizing, concretizing, and describing our social and environmental impact.

Like any small not-only-for-profit, there are challenges in creating and measuring that impact. We are not strictly a social enterprise, which typically provides opportunities to vulnerable or disenfranchised populations. We are also not a social impact firm in which our work directly influences the lives and livelihoods of the poor and economically disadvantaged. And we are not (yet) directly developing new solutions in the green economy, though we are strong advocates and users of sustainable technologies. Fundamentally, Manoverboard is a professional services firm and we have three direct means of creating and measuring positive impact.

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Designers and Despotism

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A number of designers have recently posted their thoughts about how we should respond to the potential emergence of autocracy. Mike Monteiro’s piece is particularly ranty and, as expected, simply great. My colleague, Spark Poster, wrote a Canadian-focused and thoughtful response.

As the founder of a design and communications firm and someone who is active in the design community, I put together a few ground rules for protecting ourselves and advancing movements. In the mid-1990s, I lived in Poland for a year and came to understand how traumatic Soviet and National Socialist domination was for that country. It had only been a short while since Poland had emerged from 55 years of totalitarian rule and the scars and stories were still very real. And designers and artists throughout Eastern Europe bore some of the brunt of the state. Many went to jail. (Sadly, Poland and parts of Europe are again undergoing a shift toward authoritarianism.)

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Corporate websites are all but dead. Big, bloated, bloviating and boring, the vast majority of sites are already extinct. Most corporate sites today feature reams of outdated copy, meaningless stock images and cluttered content that either repels visitors or endangers their trust. These sites look fussy and frilly with their overly complicated navigation, their illegible text, and their ambiguous copy.

Meanwhile, the web is growing astronomically. Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook alone store more than 1.2 million terabytes of information—information that can be found on the third or thirtieth page of a typical search. And consumers are showing their loyalty to companies that produce the most timely and salacious stories online, making our corporate sites look dull and lifeless.

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Every dream needs a voice to share it.

Every mission-driven company needs a website to share their vision and dream online.

You build websites and want to support these amazing companies.

You want to do it with a small company where you can use your well-rounded development and UI/UX experience to inform how you code.

You want to know that your employer cares about balancing career with a fulfilling life that has time for friends and family.

We want to give you that opportunity.

Manoverboard

Manoverboard is a B Corporation helping purpose-driven companies and organizations motivate their audiences with beautiful, lasting design. We deliver bold websites, enduring corporate identities, and the communications strategies that support both.

Front End Developer

Developers are the main engine of our business and crucial to our success.

Your first goal will be building amazing websites to wow our customers and help them achieve their missions. You’ll develop custom WordPress themes from scratch, assist with planning new projects, and write blog posts to share best practices about website design and development.

Your second goal will be to take us to a new level of development. You’ll do this by developing technical shorthand and best practices so that we can put more time into fulfilling our clients’ mission.

Your last goal, but just as important as the rest, is to become a fully integrated member of the team and contribute to growing the business.

Why Work Here?

Team – You love working with other people. You’re fine working on your own, but you know you’re going to grow faster and go further when you’re with other people.

Variety – Code is great, but you want a sniff at the big picture stuff that separates good coding from great. You want to dig into the user experience and the strategy and art of user interface design.

Mission – You’re passionate about creating a sustainable economy, environment, and opportunities for all people.

Who We’re Looking For

Here are big ones:

  • Degree or diploma in graphic design, digital media design or communications – you could also bypass the education with the right experience
  • Experience developing great websites
  • Experience using HTML5 and CSS3 and coding best practices
  • Experience developing custom WordPress themes
  • Ability to implement and assess WordPress plug-ins, including ACF
  • Experience working with JavaScript libraries, including jQuery
  • Experience with graphic design programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch
  • Experience writing content for websites
  • Interest or experience in social enterprise and/or non-profits

You’ll get extra points for:

  • Background in graphic design practices, principles and theory
  • Good understanding of SEO best practices
  • Knowledge of CSS extension languages like LESS and SASS
  • Ability to deploy and implement code versioning tools, such as Git
  • Understanding of modern server environments

The Details

You’ll be working in our modern, rough wood and exposed brick office with the rest of our welcoming team. We’ve got free parking and we’re super close to a bus line. If you decide to take public transit, we’ll even reimburse you for 50% of the cost. This full-time position could be part-time for the right person. On top of your salary, we offer excellent benefits, flexible work hours, three weeks holidays to start, paid parental leave, and a paid day off every year for volunteering.

How to Apply

If you believe that you’re a good fit, email your cover letter, resume, a list of recent sites that you developed to Andrew Boardman at careers@manoverboard.com. Please indicate in the subject line “Web Developer”.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

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