We’ve been giving Shareabouts a lot of attention lately and have published quite a few releases. The CSS has been completely rewritten to improve the mobile experience and simplified to make customization easier. And some lingering layout bugs were squashed too. Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to… UI Refresh + Streamlined Workflow Read more…
I recently sat down with a group of passionate planners, hackers, and citizens at the APA Intelligent Cities Unconference morning session to discuss “Online Public Participation.” We all agreed that meaningful citizen input is often hindered by citizens not having all the facts or not being able to examine the data.
But this is a difficult challenge, as planners generally have insufficient resources to help citizens understand the issues, especially online.
Planning Hack Night
Planning Hack Night, March 27th
On Friday, Andy sat down to rethink Shareabouts for Street View, our open source visual commenting tool.
Andrew of Vizzuality with Aaron and Mjumbe at Planning Hack Night (Photo by Javier de la Torre)
Here at OpenPlans, we build a lot of web apps with full-screen maps as the primary UI. This is a particularly interesting design challenge when you consider the plethora of mobile devices, tablets, and monitors out there. We want the citizens using our apps to have a rewarding experience, regardless of screen size. How do Read more…
Today, OpenPlans launched a redesign of the National Association of City Transportation Officials website, along with the new Urban Bikeway Design Guide developed with Alta Planning. The guide is a collection of 21 innovative bikeway treatments designed to provide “state-of-the-practice” solutions that practitioners can reference to make their streets more livable, and help promote safe Read more…
We’re very excited about the new version of the Orton Family Foundation’s Community Almanac that we’ve been working on at TOPP Labs. In this post I’ll share some of the design decisions that went into that project and some of the reasons why things have changed.