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Virb Loves Portland

We just can’t resist sharing our collaborative project from the Design Week Portland opening party (which, by the way, was a total blast). The project really helped us get to know all the awesome attendees and to learn a thing or two about their city. Check out a before-and-after comparison of the project below (click the image to see details).

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Here’s how it went down: We set up an 8x8’ wall—with only minor injuries—and then drew in a title, a prompt (“What do you love about Portland?”), and some faux frames to give participants an interesting constraint.

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Then, we laid out a bundle of markers and watched as the wall slowly filled up throughout the night. It was great to see designers and non-designers alike flex their artistic muscles and tell us what they love about Portland: the food, the music, the trees, the skyline, the hippies.

For a little extra fun, we took some shots of our setup process and created this gif. Two hours captured in eight seconds. Whoa.

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We love fun projects like these, especially ones that let us engage with an awesome, supportive community like the one we discovered in Portland. Thanks to all the organizers and attendees for an incredible week!

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Design Week Portland

This week, a few folks from our team are headed out west to take part in Design Week Portland. Design Week is a gathering of designers from a variety of backgrounds that aims to bring the community together to learn, collaborate, and create awesome things. We’ll be hosting a few events, like Thursday’s bike-powered smoothie station, and attending many more, like a screen printing workshop with Invisible Creature.

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Whether you’ll be joining us out there (hooray!) or just want to get in on the action a little bit, we’ve created a site to document our adventure: Virb Loves PDX. You can view our full agenda of events we’re attending or hosting, follow our Instagrams, and check out the local Portlanders we’ll be high-fiving with throughout the week.

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If you’re attending, be sure to come find us at the official opening party this evening to leave your mark on our collaborative project wall. Watch out, Portland—we’re coming for you! And your donuts.

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Introducing Virb Community Questions

You guys are smart—really smart. And now, you can use some of that vast knowledge to help your Virb peers in our new Community Questions section in the Help Center.

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This new feature allows you to ask a public question that anyone in the community can answer. This is perfect for gathering opinions, like, “Do you prefer Facebook or DISQUS comments on your blog?” It’s also a great place to ask those bigger questions that stretch beyond the scope of what our support team can fully answer, like, “How do I adjust the letter spacing on my subheader?” or “What’s a great third-party tool for event registration?”

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For urgent issues, account-related questions, site errors, or just anything you don’t want to ask publicly, we still want you to message us directly so we can give you 1-on-1 support. Our commitment to friendly, personal support will never change.

Are you a Virb wiz? Maybe you can answer someone else’s question (it’s good for your karma). We believe in this smart community of Virbers and hope that the new Community Questions area becomes a helpful resource to make your sites better than ever.

Ask something or browse the Community Questions now

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Featured Site: Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver is a highly respected graphic designer, illustrator, and art director living in New York City. He currently works with Crush + Lovely, where he shares an office space with our very favorite CEO. (Just imagine, you could high five them both at the same time.)

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Mark garnered a great deal of recognition when he endeavored on an ambitious personal project, ”Make Something Cool Every Day.” Creating anything on a daily basis is tough work, but Mark’s graphics, which combine photography, typography, and illustration, are each inspired and beautiful—and seriously cool. Click here to view the full collection.

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If you do nothing else today, be sure to watch Mark’s clever stop-motion LEGO videos, which became an instant Vine sensation. Yes, that’s right, we said “stop-motion LEGO videos.”

Check out Mark Weaver’s full portfolio at mrkwvr.com

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Virb for Restaurants

We’re so excited to reveal that we’re making it easier than ever for restaurants, coffee shops, bars, bakeries, food trucks, ice creameries, and all the other delicious places we love, to get online with Virb for restaurants.

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We know that many restaurants think they can’t afford the time or high cost of creating a quality website, so their sites become outdated, defunct, or even nonexistent. In this digital age, that’s a business killer. With Virb, restaurants can quickly create a beautiful online presence for the price of just a couple lattes a month.

Fresh-Baked Features

In honor of this release, we’ve added some new features just for restaurants. First up is a beautiful, easy-to-use OpenTable Widget, designed to match with your existing Theme. Now, with just a few clicks, you can allow your future patrons to make seat reservations right on your website. And, yup, the Widget works great on mobile so your customers can even make reservations on the go.

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We’ve also added more link options for the Social Icons Widget, one of our most popular features. Now, you can add a Yelp and OpenTable link so people can find out more about you or leave rave reviews with ease.

And with our newly improved Menu and Contact pages, you’re all set to give customers the information they want, no matter how often your head chef changes her mind.

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We’re so excited to welcome restaurants to Virb, and it’s not just because we love coffee, whiskey, and gourmet sandwiches—it’s because we love helping people and their businesses thrive through a great online experience that’s simple to manage.

Explore what’s possible at virb.com/restaurants.

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