Pixeldust Partners with Really Really Big Industries, Inc.

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A Look Back at Viget’s First Apprenticeship Cohort

This week, our first cohort of apprentices wrap up their 10 week-long Viget experience.  The apprentices are filling out feedback surveys, their advisors are preparing their final review lunches, and Erica is starting to connect with applicants for our next cohort.  Before we all move on to our next challenge, I want to take a step back and reflect on our program design and the exceptional folks who joined in our first official cross-disciplinary apprenticeship class.
Our Program
We designed the Viget apprenticeship program with three main areas for learning, each one reinforcing the other:
Discipline-specific learning & trainingGlobal curriculumClient work

Discipline-specific learning & training
Each apprentice had a dedicated mentor with whom they met each week. Mentors were responsible for helping apprentices ramp up on specific skills with increasing levels of autonomy. This discipline-specific training was provided 1:1 and was based on the apprentice’s knowledge and needs. For example, Mia, our UX apprentice, came in with a lot of experience doing user research, so her advisor, Jackson, gave more attention to mentoring her interaction design skills. As another example, after our Front-End Dev apprentice, Ben, gained substantial experience with Craft through his personal project, his advisor, Megan, felt confident putting him on time-sensitive requests with a client’s Craft site. In this way, we’re able to provide a customized learning curriculum to each apprentice.

Global curriculum
Our global curriculum consists of a series of weekly microclasses that cover the foundational elements of working at a digital agency. The classes were multi-disciplinary, relevant to all roles, and surprisingly well attended by non-apprentices who wanted the chance to hear their peers drop knowledge on their favorite subjects. Topics ranged from The Consulting Mindset to Facilitation & Idea Generation to Accessibility and How the Web Works. Each topic was accompanied by a reading list, a discussion, and often some hands-on workshop (like sketching). Apprentices were also expected to interview a full-timer (someone other than the facilitator) on the topic each week, gaining insight for how the topic plays out in day-to-day work.
The global curriculum might be the secret sauce to the program — it wasn’t just informative for apprentices, it was valuable for the presenters to put the sessions together, and valuable to Viget to solidify our collective fluency for these fundamental topics. The global curriculum content might not resonate as much with apprentices in the moment, as they are so focused on building skills and gaining hands-on experience. Long-term, however, I predict this will be the content our apprentice alums think back on the most.

Client work
Thirdly, our program is built on the fact that there is no substitute for “real work” and at Viget, the most important thing we do is deliver high quality work to our clients. When apprentices were ready, we brought them into the fold and, with supervision and guidance, gave them the opportunity to contribute to client work. It’s the best of both worlds: apprentices get the pressure of client deadlines and the motivating stress of wanting to uphold the team’s high standards; but, they also get the support and attention of a committed mentor.
The client work aspect of the program is unpredictable — there is no way I could tell an apprentice applicant what he or she might work on 3 months from now — but it’s critically important. The unpredictability of agency life is a reality, and apprentices benefit from riding that roller coaster a bit while they are here.  More than anything else, client work was a chance for our apprentices to take what they were learning and practicing and put it into action.
We put a lot of thought and care into these three pillars of our program, particularly the global curriculum. We knew, however, that a lot of the value we’d provide to our apprentices would be difficult to plan in advance, because it would hinge on the knowledge, aptitude, needs, and interests of our actual class of apprentices.
So, let me tell you a little bit about them, where they came from, and what they did during the last 10 weeks!

Elyse Kamibayashi, Copywriter Apprentice in Falls Church, VA
Elyse studied English at William & Mary and graduated in May. She was a summer intern with us and then returned for the Apprenticeship in September. Through other internships and part-time jobs, Elyse had already taken steps to convert her study of literature to job-ready skills. By coming to Viget, Elyse took those skills one step further by fine-tuning her ability to work within our 100% digital context.
Top highlights: Elyse started working on a client project within her first week. Also, she was paired with a full-time visual designer and helped lead a 3-week brand strategy engagement.

Ben Modayil, Front-End Developer Apprentice in Falls Church, VA
Ben was a Broadcasting and Digital Media major at Cedarville University. Ben was also a summer intern at Viget, and we were pleased to have him back this fall. Throughout college, Ben took any and all classes available to expand his web integrationknowledge, and was a veteran at self-teaching. He came to Viget looking for another kind of education — close mentorship and a team of experts.  
Top highlights: Ben experienced many urgent client requests, and helped put out some fires with quick fixes and deployments. He also built a Craft site as his personal project.

Mia Frasca, UX Design Apprentice in Boulder, CO
Mia majored in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Design at Northwestern. During college, she was active in Design For America. She was looking for an opportunity to solidify the UX skills she’d already developed and accelerate her growth in other areas of design.
Top highlights: Mia got to see everything from pitch to kickoff to project completion on one project, and was involved in presenting final deliverables to another.

Tim McLeod, Project Manager Apprentice in Durham, NC
Tim studied English Literature at Indiana University and went on to earn a Master’s degree at Duke’s Divinity school. After a brief career with the Episcopal Church, however, Tim sought a new adventure. Specifically, he was looking for an opportunity to build on his core skills in communication and planning, get training on specific tools and processes, and start practicing the art of managing digital products.  
Top highlights:  Tim got to be the lead on a brand strategy project, as well as experience firsthand how tricky planning and estimating can be on a complex digital product.

We loved having Elyse, Ben, Mia, and Tim on board these last 10 weeks. They’ve exceeded our expectations with their curiosity, professionalism, and enthusiasm for new challenges. Just last week, both Ben and Elyse opted to speak in front of the whole company our Free Lunch Friday meeting.  We couldn’t have asked for a better inaugural cohort. We are grateful for their contributions at Viget, welcome them to our Viget alumni network, and look forward to watching their careers unfold.
We’re always happy to hear from prospective apprentice applicants. If you’re interested in our program, we hope you’ll get in touch.


Source: VigetInspire


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25 Best Minimal Shopify Themes

Setting up an online store takes a lot of work and but by using a redesigned Shopify theme you can save yourself a ton of time, money and hassle. It is crucial that you get the design, navigation, search functionality, customer management, shipping and payment integration right if you want to maximise your revenues when selling online.  Shopify has years of design and coding experience within the ecommerce niche so rather than pay a web designer to code a new site from scratch you should check out these designs. They have all been chosen for their minimal and clean styles. We also have a longer list of 70 great shopify themes here which vary in style.
If you are still not sure about using Shopify for your online store you may also want to check out Shopify’s biggest competitor Magento or using WordPress with WooCommerce.
 
Jumpstart

Open Sesame is a versatile theme for startups and manufacturers . With plenty of whitespace, grid layouts and full-width backgrounds, everything is in place for minimal content and letting your products do the talking for themselves. A single-page design gives you space to tell your story without users having to navigate through half your site. They can browse the key features of your product(s) and buy right from the homepage.
While you can sell multiple products using this theme, it’s better suited if you have one feature product at any given time. Think Apple’s emphasis on its latest release, where the newest iPhone or iPad is the headline product.
 
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Showcase

Showcase packs four styles into one theme (you can see “Betty” above), taking a full-screen homepage approach to showcase new arrivals. The idea is to create a landing page style introduction for stocks that are constantly updating.
As you can see, Showcase leans toward fashion retailers who need to introdcue the latest season’s wears every few months, but you’re not limited to selling clothes by any means.
 
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Symmetry

Symmetry also gives you four styles to get started with – all of which are geared towards independent retailers and manufacturers. This one is better suited to stylish, custom-made items. You can see men’s sunglasses featured in the “Beatnik” style above, while the “Duke” preset features an independent skateboard manufacturer – which gives you an idea of the range of products this theme can cater for.
Rather than putting the focus on one product, this is more suitable for wider product ranges wth multiple categories, styles, sizes, etc.
 
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Pipeline

Pipeline calls itself “a clean, minimal theme” and you can see it knows how to sell itself. After the hero space introduction, grid layouts for product ranges float above full-screen, parallax backgrounds as users scroll their way down. There’s also space for explainer videos, a blog feed and an Instagram section to showcase the best of your social content.
You get three styles to start with and bundles of customization included. This is a great choice for stylish retailers who take content marketing seriously and need an independent place to build their name and sell products.
 
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Classic

Classic is one of the free offerings from the Shopify library and, although it doesn’t match the flair of some paid options, it’s a good place to start for small retailers getting set up online for the first time.
Three style presets feature electronics/computing accessories, footware and watches – all of which make good use of the same layout, thanks to some smart color choices.
 
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Lorenza

Lorenza is pure minimalism for small fashion retailers with three starter styles for you to choose from. The “Urban” style we’ve featured above is by far the most interesting with a split-screen design and some interesting scrolling effects.
It’s a great option for small product ranges but there’s also a dedicated product feed for larger stocks, making this a versatile choice – especially if you plan to increase your product range over time.
 
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Lookbook

Lookbook takes a unique approach to showcasing your products with horizontal scrolling for larger displays. This switches to the more conventional, vertical scroll for mobile and narrow displays.
That’s all there is to the homepage design for Lookbook, meaning you don’t get the single-page scrolling trend that’s become so common in modern web design. So this is the theme for you, if you want your products to take centre stage, and forget about filling your homepage with text and feeds from other parts of your site.
 
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Label

Label is thoroughly designed for the independent labels out there; whether fashion, music, publishing or whatever else is your game. There’s a strong urban feel to the theme, but the “Publish” style we’ve linked to shows it has plenty of versatility packed under the hood.
As with most Shopify themes, Label comes with everything you need to sell retail products but it also shows its flair for selling digital media. Records and eBooks are the two content formats highlighted in the default styles, but you’re well supported for all types of media.
 
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Parallax

As the name suggests, Parallax aims to grab people’s attention with immersive scrolling and a single-page format for you to tell the story behind your products. There are four styles to choose from, each one taking a different approach to layout, which gives you an idea of what you can do with the theme.
As you would hope, the parallax scrolling disappears for mobile users, switching to a single-column scroller for better performance. The experience remains impressively immersive, though, thanks to a heavy use of images and weighted content.
 
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Startup

Startup aims to provide a one-page store that cuts out uneccessary steps between landing on your site and paying for products. It’s not the best choice if you have a large range of stock in multiple categories, but it’s a great option for small retailers.
It also makes a great portfolio option for designers and other creates who want to sell content from their site (eg: icon packs).
 
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Atlantic

 
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We must admit, Atlantic has one of the sexiest flat interfaces we’ve seen. It combines clean typography and an organized layout to make a simple-but-seductive theme such as this. As one client puts it: “The styling is discrete yet extremely effective in conveying the detail and quality of our products.” Some features include: multi-tiered navigation menu, homepage slideshow and tons of space for featured content.
Dragonfly
 
 
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Dragonfly is an eye-catching Shopify theme that’s surely a bargain. Designed for online shoppers, it comes with 3 other styles that are minimal and easy to browse. They are: Coyote, Flamingo, and Chameleon. Dragonfly comes with a responsive design, multi-tiered navigation, 13o customization options and more.
Eighty Three

 
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You know what they say: “Minimal is the new black.” Eighty Three is one of those Shopify themes that knows how to wear minimal and clean well. It finds elegance in the form of its organized layout and fresh typography. Your products will shine with this one. Other features are: responsive layout, different layout options, six different content sections on the homepage, shipping calculator and much more.
High Fashion

 
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Blow away the competition with this stunning and engaging Shopify theme. High Fashion uses parallax scrolling to enhance the visuals and entertain your visitors. Its glamorous look and elegant layout are great for showcasing fashion items. Some of its features are: responsive design, slideshow module, quickshop, product image effect, featured collections, featured product, blog and fly to cart. This is one of those oh so fashionable themes that are all the rage this season.
HumbleShop

 
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HumbleShop’s flat and sleek design makes it look modern and cool. We’d even say it has that hip rebel look to it. It looks great for shops with a younger target market. Some features are: a light and dark preset, responsive design and clear and well separated theme settings
Jitensha

 
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Jitensha means “bicycle” in Japanese. We don’t know why it’s called bicycle, but in relation to its Japanese roots, it sure does have that relaxing, zen-like look about it. The clean typography, the ample spacing and the bold accent colours, all make your products pop. It has a custom drop-down menu, light and dark presets, a unique checkout page and front page slideshow.
London

 
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London is a Shopify theme that is clean and easy to customize, much to the delight of users who bought it. One happy buyer claims: “During the launch week of the our new shop, sales were up 1343% over the previous week.” It comes in 4 styles: London, Paris, New York, and San Francisco. Some features that have made it a highly-rated theme: beautiful typography, responsive design, MailChimp support, free lifetime upgrades, video support and highly customizable options
Minimo

 
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Minimo is a popular Shopify theme that will make your online store look clean and professional. Furniture products will look great on this one, especially in contrast to its super clean design. It also comes with a wide array of customizations like fonts, icons, colours, drop-down menus and more. It comes in 4 styles that all look wonderful, so go crazy!
Montreal

 
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Montreal is an award-winning (it won first place in the Shopify Awards) theme that’s made to showcase high quality products. If you need to boost sales on your fine made goods, this beautiful theme can help you. Features include: responsive design, product page gallery with video support, hover to zoom option, stunning full width home page slideshow and fixed navigation, flexible settings and lots more.
Natural

 
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One of the latest themes to come out, Natural is both beautiful and powerful. It has a modern and simple design that works. It’s user-friendly and easy to customize for any store owner. Some features are: fully responsive, unique collection pages, integration with social media, display related products and 3 different content sections on the homepage.
Sushi

 
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If you’re craving for a Shopify theme that’s perfect for pairing with food and beverage sites, then order Sushi. It’s a responsive Shopify theme with an elegant and modern design – great for displaying your mouth watering creations. As for ease of use, you just worry about the cooking, Sushi will handle the rest. Other features are: shipping calculator, currency converter, unique blog/news page design, working contact form, full width page layout and more.
Tendershop

 
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Tendershop is the perfect Shopify theme for small stores with a limited selection of items. With its minimal and clean design, Tendershop makes sure your products get the full attention they deserve by highlighting them front and center. It comes with features like: responsive layout, two preset themes (light and dark), 14 payment method icons and more than 350+ font icons
Vantage

 
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Vantage was designed with one person in mind: the customer. It has features that lets your customers shop with ease. Features like: sort by price, sort by name, collection filtering, slideshow, product images linked to variants, provide a hassle-free shopping experience for your customers. It also comes with 3 styles for you to choose from. Overall, a great buy.
WineYard

 
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This may be the perfect pairing for the quintessential wine connoisseur. WineYard is the Shopify theme for online wine stores. You can choose between 2 skins: a dark design, for those who want a strong look; and a white one, for those who want a classy look. The features are plenty and are easy to use, making it a great asset to your wine business. Other features are: responsive design, one step add to cart, quick view, last view, slider effect moving-animation effect, to name a few.
Winter Seasons
 
 
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Winter Season comes with 2 other styles, Spring Jewelry and Fall Chocolates. They all look great in featuring quality products for women, i.e. soap, aromatherapy, fancy desserts, and jewelry, to mention a few. The Shopify theme, with its minimal design, does not fail to bring out the dazzle in every product.
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Make Way for Google Wave

If you've been out of the loop lately, then you may have missed Google's big announcement about their newest communication platform called Google Wave. Google Wave allows users to communicate and collaborate in real time by combining email, instant messaging, social networking, wikis, project management and web chat all in one place. Created by a team out of Sydney, Australia, the main concept of Google Wave is to unify communication on the web. And although it's invite-only right now (there's still some beta testing going on), it should get easier in the coming weeks to snag an invite. Read more