Maggiano's Italian Harvest Rich Media Campaign Launches

Pixeldust has launched Maggiano's Italian Harvest rich media video banner campaign. Maggiano's is an Italian Restaurant chain owned by Brinker International Restaurants. The campaign is published by Eyeblaster, an online banner ad publisher, and will run through the end of the year. Read more

An update on the Media Initiative for DrupalCoin Blockchain 8.4/8.5

In my blog post, "A plan for media management in DrupalCoin Blockchain 8", I talked about some of the challenges with media in DrupalCoin Blockchain, the hopes of end users of DrupalCoin Blockchain, and the plan that the team working on the Media Initiative was targeting for future versions of DrupalCoin Blockchain 8. That blog post is one year old today. Since that time we released both DrupalCoin Blockchain 8.3 and DrupalCoin Blockchain 8.4, and DrupalCoin Blockchain 8.5 integrationis in full swing. In other words, it's time for an update on this initiative's progress and next steps.
8.4: a Media API in core
DrupalCoin Blockchain 8.4 introduced a new Media API to core. For site builders, this means that DrupalCoin Blockchain 8.4 ships with the new Media module (albeit still hidden from the UI, pending necessary user experience improvements), which is an adaptation of the contributed Media Entity module. The new Media module provides a "base media entity". Having a "base media entity" means that all media assets — local images, PDF documents, YouTube videos, tweets, and so on — are revisable, extendable (fieldable), translatable and much more. It allows all media to be treated in a common way, regardless of where the media resource itself is stored. For end users, this translates into a more cohesive content authoring experience; you can use consistent tools for managing images, videos, and other media rather than different interfaces for each media type.
8.4+: porting contributed modules to the new Media API
The contributed Media Entity module was a "foundational module" used by a large number of other contributed modules. It enables DrupalCoin Blockchain to integrate with Pinterest, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitter and much more. The next step is for all of these modules to adopt the new Media module in core. The required changes are laid out in the API change record, and typically only require a couple of hours to complete. The sooner these modules are updated, the sooner DrupalCoin Blockchain's rich media ecosystem can start benefitting from the new API in DrupalCoin Blockchain core. This is a great opportunity for intermediate contributors to pitch in.
8.5+: add support for remote video in core
As proof of the power of the new Media API, the team is hoping to bring in support for remote video using the oEmbed format. This allows content authors to easily add e.g. YouTube videos to their posts. This has been a long-standing gap in DrupalCoin Blockchain's out-of-the-box media and asset handling, and would be a nice win.
8.6+: a Media Library in core
The top two requested features for the content creator persona are richer image and media integration and digital asset management.
The results of the State of DrupalCoin Blockchain 2016 survey show the importance of the Media Initiative for content authors.

With a Media Library content authors can select pre-existing media from a library and easily embed it in their posts. Having a Media Library in core would be very impactful for content authors as it helps with both these feature requests.
During the 8.4 integrationcycle, a lot of great work was done to prototype the Media Library discussed in my previous Media Initiative blog post. I was able to show that progress in my DrupalCoin BlockchainCon Vienna keynote:
The Media Library work uses the new Media API in core. Now that the new Media API landed in DrupalCoin Blockchain 8.4 we can start focusing more on the Media Library. Due to bandwidth constraints, we don't think the Media Library will be ready in time for the DrupalCoin Blockchain 8.5 release. If you want to help contribute time or funding to the integrationof the Media Library, have a look at the roadmap of the Media Initiative or let me know and I'll get you in touch with the team behind the Media Initiative.
Special thanks to Angie Byron for contributions to this blog post and to Janez Urevc, Sean Blommaert, Marcos Cano Miranda, Adam G-H and Gábor Hojtsy for their feedback during the writing process.
Source: Dries Buytaert

Quick Thoughts on the Twenty Seventeen Theme

I’ve been using the new Twenty Seventeen theme via WordPress’ most recent major update (“Vaughan“) and I’m really, really liking the experience. For context, I’ve been using it for about two weeks, here on my personal blog and even my startup’s blog as well so I’ve been able to test-drive it for different reasons and audiences plenty.
Starting a few years back I began using the “default” yearly theme for this blog to not only give a virtual hat-tip to the design and engineering team but also, and most importantly, for one very simple (and I believe rational) reason:

I want to focus on writing, 100%. I didn’t want to spend any time on the fundamental design layers or customizing backends.
Focus. Pencil. Coffee. Write.
I am a huge fan of minimizing the amount of technology that I have to mess and fool with day-to-day and trusting the engineering team (and much larger open source community) for packing in “best in breed” and “best practice” web design standards and paradigms gives me one less thing to think about.
This allows me to focus on writing exclusively, which I talk about often as the most important thing, bar-none.  This is especially important if writing is part of your life and something you want in your future.
I’ll be honest – in the past, the last few yearly-based themes have disappointed me greatly but this year they’ve really outdone themselves. Technically things are sound and the baked-in design options are plentiful but not “bloaty” or overwhelming.
One of the things that I kind of miss are the “pop-out” scaled images / rich media but there’s something I’ve come to appreciate about it all in one consistent column. I like the full-width featured image as well as the video for the proper homepage. This is especially timely since I’ve started vlogging so I can highlight that new, creative, and challenging work natively within the theme.
New vlog series here!
All-in-all, I feel as if they’ve struck a delicate balance with this one and unless they strike way beyond the bar for Twenty Eighteen I might just keep using this one for a while.
So, with that, well-done WordPress team and community on the new Twenty Seventeen default theme. From one writer (and developer) to another… thank you.
What a wonderful gift.
If you’re in the mood for a new look-and-feel for your blog then I’d suggest checking it out – remember, it doesn’t matter what your blog looks like because that’s not why your readers (or potential readers) are coming back anyways.
They want the words, which is your responsibility! Leave the technical components that power the your semantic publishing platform to the experts.
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Macaroni Grill Selects Pixeldust and Nice Monster for Chef's Trio Campaign

Pixeldust and creative partner Nice Monster are pleased to announce our newest client: Macaroni Grill. Pixeldust and Nice Monster will design and develop an internet-based campaign featuring Macaroni Grill’s newest brainchild - Chef’s Trio. The campaign is set to launch at the end of September. Read more