Last Friday saw another Responsive Conference take place at the Dome in Brighton. I had previously heard a lot about the conference, this being the third and (I believe) final outing I was thrilled that we managed to secure some tickets for myself and a selection of the Zoocha team members. From seeing the impressive list of speakers I was sure it would be a great conference, but I had no idea how much information, insight and motivation I would be taking home.
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a graduate to join the Zoocha team.
This Los Angeles native has gone home to do some learnin' about Drupal. Note: this is a heavily dev-based view of the conference. Apologies to frontenders, designers, wombats, etc, but there is only one me and about 10 sessions per slot. For a full list of everything check out https://www.youtube.com/user/DrupalAssociation/videos and https://events.drupal.org/losangeles2015/sessions/accepted.
Zoocha are proud to announce that at the end of last year we received the brilliant news that we had been chosen by VisitBritain as their website design and development partner.
VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, a non-departmental public body, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, responsible for promoting Britain worldwide and developing its visitor economy. Their mission is to grow the value of inbound tourism to Britain, working with a wide range of partners in both the UK and overseas.
This weekend some of the Zoocha dev crew went to Drupal Camp London for a brush up on the latest Drupal developments. Not one to waste any time in introductions, let's get to the detail of what the team learned.
Corks have been popping in Zoocha HQ – and not just to celebrate the new year… We have been celebrating the news that The Cabinet Office has recently announced that Zoocha had been successful in fulfilling the stringent criteria required for entry into the CloudStore as part of the G-Cloud scheme.
It will be a quiet week on the development front at Zoocha HQ, but fortunately our understanding clients appreciate that the annual pilgrimage to DrupalCon for a Drupal developer is something that cannot be denied! We will be leaving behind a (willing) skeleton team that will be able to deal with any support requests and keep things ticking over until the travellers return.
For a first in Zoocha history we are giving YOU, our devoted viewer, top Secret Access to the Zoocha HQ!! Ever wondered how your favourite agency seems so cool, calm and collected while being on top of their game? Needless to say, it's not just strong coffee that fuels us here… oh no it's much much more!
NEWS FLASH: a fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Office Manager / PA to join Zoocha, a rapidly expanding web development agency.
Now that we’re approaching nearly 20 people, we would like to bring someone into our team who is dedicated to making sure that our day-to-day administrative tasks are taken care of efficiently, reliably, and properly.
A little over 5 weeks ago we moved into our new office – The Seed Warehouse based in Hertford. And some things never change…moving is never easy.
Running Out Of Space
At around September 2011 it was becoming very apparent that we were going to be outgrowing our rooftop dwelling at Fore Street. The number of Zoochee’s were growing, so were the amount of desks but the size of the office was not. We hit the streets of Hertford in search of new dwellings and there was quite a choice to choose from.
In July 2011, Games Workshop, the global leader in tabletop fantasy game play, launched a new rule book for their flagship Warhammer game called ‘Storm of Magic’.
We’ve noticed recently that the valuable Zoocha tea supply has been running out quicker than usual. Here in the office we’ve been debating why this is the case and numerous theories have been floated around.
The April Sun
The theory goes that drinking a hot drink will cool you down. As we’ve been enjoying an early summer lots of refreshing hot cups of tea have been needed to keep everyone at a comfortable temperature in Zoocha HQ.
As a long time user of Firefox (as are most of the tech chaps in the Zoocha office) I’ve seen it graduate through its various incarnations. I started out back in the day with version 0.9(b?) with the excellent web developer plug-in and progressed to version 3.6 – all as my default browser of choice; regardless of OS.
Unless you are in a media blackout zone, you will have heard today that Google have started to roll out 'instant search' – a new tool that delivers search results while you are typing the search term. Pause for 3 seconds “mid-keyword” and it will display results based on what you have typed so far. Even just in the last 12 hours, there have been a spectrum of opinions ranging from mild interest to panic.
You may have seen our blog post around four months ago when we were chosen by iNTERTAIN to build a competition site for highlight comedy’s ‘Big Weekend’? Well, four months on and we’re proud to announce that we’re still working very closely with iNTERTAIN. This time we’ve developed and built two micro-sites for highlight, as part of their Christmas campaign.
Time for a bit of shameless self-promotion! Since the Zoocha website launched a little over 4 months ago, we have attracted a fair bit of attention from the web development & design community. This has come in the shape of being listed under some pretty impressive article headings, along with gaining entry to (and performing well) in some well known web design showcase gallery's. Here are some of Zoocha's notable mentions that we're proud of our inclusion in:
There has been quite a lot of coverage recently in the mainstream media about IE6 for its part in the Operation Aurora cyber attacks that occurred in December.
This month see’s the first birthday of Zoocha Ltd, and we’re celebrating one year of success. There’s a lot to be thankful for and as we enter into 2011 – a year we’re sure is set to see yet more new clients, new opportunities, and new experiences (even new staff as we’d like to welcome Owen to the Zoocha team!) – we reflect on the experiences of the past year and what 2010 bought to us.