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Get in business with Cotton Cart

Author: Milen Nedev

The new merchandising platform makes it possible for all of you to make money from your design. Show us your style! read more ›

Cotton Cart, our newest project, has just launched.

Some of you are probably already familiar with Dizzyjam - our e-commerce and merchandising platform which we created to make it easy and risk-free for anyone in the music industry to make money from their merchandise.

In the past we’ve received quite a lot of requests from people who wanted to use Dizzyjam for trading non-music stuff. And as those requests grew we started thinking about including a non-music section in the original website. Or creating an entirely new website for those who want to sell merchandise no matter what their business activity is. After short reflection we went for the second option and just before Christmas we did a soft launch of Cotton Cart.

The new site follows the overall idea of www.dizzyjam.com – in only three simple steps anyone can start making money - upload your designs, create your products and start selling. You don’t have to buy 100 blank t-shirts, to organize printing or pile up all the stuff you can’t sell. It won’t cost you a penny. But it will cost you creativity and popularity in order to make anyone besides your granny buy your stuff. Cotton Cart is here to solve the popularity issue.

Who can use this website?

Everyone. This may be a graffitist who wants to get famous, the grocery shop around the corner, where the best veggies are sold or a charity organisation that raises money for its cause. In fact such fundraising activities were the first to open their virtual stalls in Cotton Cart. Another clever idea is to use the platform for producing t-shirts or other merch for corporate events – team buildings, annual meetings and seminars. The website can be used for promoting sports events – just upload your local rugby team’s design, print your merch and sell them to your fans in the neighbourhood. Surely you will have an audience to remember the next time your team meets the rivals.

The possibilities are countless – your imagination is the limit. So far we have charity and fundraising groups, festivals, sports events and we can’t wait to see what else you can think of while using Cotton Cart.

Python and Django from dawn till dusk

Author: Emil Filipov

Want to learn Python and Django? Then this free seminar is just for you! Ninja training starts at the Telerik Academy in Sofia on Feb 3rd, 2013. read more ›

We've been invited to do another training session on Python and Django at the Telerik Academy. This time, it will be an intensive morning-to-evening seminar, with the aim of getting you from zero to hero on both Python and Django. Well, maybe not a true hero, but it will give you the basics of both technologies, so you can go on and study/work with them on your own. If you're in Sofia and getting into Python or Django has always been an unfulfilled childhood dream for you, or if you simply want to pick up some new and highly competitive skills for free, then waste not another minute - hurry to http://academy.telerik.com/seminars/python-and-django-development and reserve your seat!

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Probably the longest webpage yet – Hugh's Fish Fight 834,000 Names under the Sea

Author: Nikolay Nedev

We at MTR Design love the challenges and the guys at KEO Films presented us with the new one – to create the longest webpage yet - a page which lists all of Fish Fight's 830k+ supporters. read more ›

 

At MTR Design we are open to challenges so when the guys from KEO Films asked us whether we could create the longest webpage yet, we were more than pleased to accept the commission. Fish Fight - a multi-platform campaign produced by KEO Films and led by TV campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - has ignited earlier this week a campaign promoting the Fish Fight initiative by explicitly drawing the attention to every person who has supported them. The time for the kick off was strategically chosen - prior to an important CFP meeting in Brussels. Making every single voice count could eventually impact the decision making process in the EU.

In order to make this happen they needed a new webpage vesting the idea. Not an ordinary webpage but a special one. They needed a really long webpage which would list all of its 830k+ supporters. A deep dive indeed.

We took the commission and created the webpage. The main challenge before us was squeezing a content so enormous (three times larger than Tolstoy's “War and Peace”) in a smoothly working and convenient webpage that could perform well on desktop browsers as well as on smartphone’s OS. Just imagine scrolling down to the line 123 945 for finding your name on the wall of glory of FishFight. Good news is it won’t take you a whole day - we made it quick. Bad news is - you’ll need a really long display. Thank you iPhone for making this hypothetically possible!

You should definitely check out Hugh's Fish Fight 834,000 Names under the Sea webpage with the new apple wonder:

Well if you don’t have it yet, don’t panic - just run the site on your preferred device and dive as deep as you can.

See it at www.fishfight.net/deep

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Another way to make a difference

Author: Emil Filipov

Here at MTR we try to make a difference every day, by challenging stereotypes and finding creative ways to deal with our tasks. This month, however, I will try to make a difference in another way - by doing some teaching. read more ›

Here at MTR we try to make a difference every day, by challenging stereotypes and finding creative ways to deal with our tasks. This month, however, I will try to make a difference in another way - by doing some teaching. A Django Crash Course (in Bulgarian) will take place on Aug 31st, in the headquarters of the initLab hackerspace in Sofia. I've been thinking about this for a while, since Django is basically unknown around here, and I finally found the time to do a little (pr|t)eaching. The plan is to cover the following topics:

1. Installing Python on Windows

2. Introduction to the Python interactive console and demonstrating basic Python constructs/syntax

3. Installing Django on Windows and playing with PYTHONPATH  + startproject

4. Installing Django on Linux; playing with runserver

5. Django Tutorial Part 1 

  • Folder structure
  • Running the development server
  • Database setup
  • Models/ORM
  • Playing with the models from the command line

6. Django Tutorial Part 2

  • Activating the Admin App
  • Adding our models to the Admin
  • Customizing the ModelAdmin

7. Django Tutorial Part 3

  • Routing addresses with the URL dispatcher
  • Writing views and rendering templates
  • Using template constructs
  • Named URLs and URL reversal in code/templates
  • Template resolution
  • Overriding Admin templates
  • Dealing with static media

8. Django Tutorial Part 4

  • Working with basic forms
  • Showcasing ModelForms
  • ModelForm security considerations

9. Making your life easy with Django Debug Toolbar

So there you have it - a Python fanboy trying to convince developers that they deserve better than PHP, during a 4-hour Django intro full of hate, love and ponies. The course is completely free, so do come by if you're in the mood for some webdev action!

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Server support enabled

Author: Milen Nedev

Started as an interim support contract for a client's site, launched at the end of 2011 and tried out for a couple of months, we think it's time to introduce our new service to the public – Server Support. read more ›

Two days of email / chat and phone ping pong and you problem still exists. One support guru sends you to another, the second one asks you the same questions as the first, all say they'll call back no one does, and no one has a clue... Does it sound familiar? And all this pours over you at the most improper moment when you’ve already invested a great deal of money and time into your website or application and you’ve been observing your clients growing by number.

Started as an interim support contract for a client's site, launched at the end of 2011 and tried out for a couple of months, we think it's time to introduce our new service to the public – Server Support. Actually the service was first tried and tested in the beginning of summer 2011, when we welcomed our first in-house system engineer. He put our hosting infrastructure in order, enriching our experience with his. Our good friends from KEO Films were the first to evaluate the usefulness of the service, as due to some bespoke optimization and skilled maintenance the performance capacity of the machines exceeded our and their expectations (and saved a lot of money too).

The next logical step was to offer this support to anyone who may need it. So now you can see for yourselves what a good server support stands for:

  • “Office hours support” or “24/7 support” depending on your requirements
  • No more  bot replies and “sick-of-it-all” operators - our small support team consists entirely of system engineers, and they will be the ones to answer your call even in the middle of the night
  • Thorough inspection - prior to taking an engagement our team always spends some time checking out the code of the website and the application and discussing with clients the priority the issues to be handled. One never knows what’s around the corner, so we prefer to have a certain idea about the actions to be undertaken and the sequence of these actions.
  • Our clients will be granted access to our own server monitoring application (we will soon post more info about it).

We take our work personally. In order to provide the most adequate support our system engineers follow the inner relations between servers’ software and the hosted applications, as well as the impact of various events – software updates, introduction of new modules, etc. Thus they are few steps forward to the solution when the server fails to perform. And you know that speed and accuracy are of great importance when your reputation and money are at stake.

Long live the system engineer!

Author: Nikolay Nedev

The arrival of a new member in the company has always been an event to be celebrated, so we can’t wait to express our satisfaction for welcoming on board Emil – our first and brand new system engineer. read more ›

The arrival of a new member in the company has always been an event to be celebrated, so we can’t wait to express our satisfaction for welcoming on board Emil – our first and brand new system engineer.

For almost two months now he’s been working hard to put some order in our hosting infrastructure. The latter is not a piece of cake as the number of servers is steadily growing and living in a world where even Amazon have cloudy Fridays the sanity is vulnerable and the stress is taking over.

But having Emil on our side – a server whisperer, Python zealot and a Django fan – the team is in full force to cope with any adversity the web could throw at us.

And what is more important – at last Milen can have his good night’s sleep not having to worry about the clouds in the web sky.

What’s been on our timetable in the past few weeks

Author: Milen Nedev

Hi there! We’ve been out of writing here for a while but it was for a good reason – a new home in a new town and a whole bunch of new projects. read more ›

We’ve been busy lately with some stuff going on, so skipped posting for a couple of weeks. The main reason for the blog silence was the relocation of Milen, our managing director, (closely followed by his personal copywriter) in Wales in the beginning of August, so enjoying the English weather and the warm welcome Cardiff gave us was the main issue for a week or two and proved to be time taking for some of us, who are currently catching up with sharing the latest news about our projects.

Hopefully we are back on track and have a few new things to show you.

First of all we would really like to share what a wonderful job the Hugh’s Fish Fight website is doing. Last week the 4th episode was played on Channel 4 and we definitely hit some new records of public interest. The web site scored some of the highest numbers of visits we’ve seen and we are really proud of it managing to meet all the interest. Previously in the campaign our team expanded the range of the site and it went international – now it’s live and functioning on 11 different European languages.

The campaign is already making fisheries policy change and it wouldn’t be so successful unless it was the perfect combination of powerful and charismatic impact of the initiative and the strong and stable support of http://www.fishfight.net/.

Our arrival in UK was the perfect time for launching another MTR Design project – http://www.lifeinukthetest.co.uk/ which is quite a coincidence to start with. This site can give you some really useful information – something we could say for sure trying it at our moving to UK. So did lots of people who have benefited from it for the last couple of weeks (as free from the website stats). The website provides a throughout  information about the history, society and everyday life in UK and scrolling through the variety of lessons one can receive the best chances to pass the British Citizenship Test.

We are having great time in Cardiff. And no wonder as the Dizzyjam headquarters is situated here together with its most eminent members – Daf and Neil who are dangerously familiar with the club life in the Welsh capital. Well it hasn’t been exactly partying all night long during the last two weeks, mostly because of the many thing we had to deal with. Nevertheless the results are dizzying at the end of the day and make us happy the morning after. Some of these are the new feature of Dizzyjam – embeddable shops.

The Dizzyjam shop owners now have at their disposal a tool which helps them set and embed their shop on their own websites. Following few easy steps every merchandiser can integrate the functions and adjust the looks of their shop in their own web space, thus gaining more popularity in the crowded merch scene.

Well, that’s all for now. A humble sunray is sneaking through the clouds so we’ll try to catch it. All of you – our lovely UK friends and partners, feel free to join us any time you are around – just give us a call and we will find time for a beer and a talk.

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Dizzyjam Facebook App

Author: Milen Nedev

We are absolutely delighted to announce the launch of our new Facebook app dedicated to our beloved project Dizzyjam. The app is quite simple to manage and unobtrusively mingles with the interface of your Facebook page. read more ›

We are absolutely delighted to announce the launch of our new Facebook app dedicated to our beloved project Dizzyjam.

Diversification is the key to success. So now the artists can be successful merchandisers using not only their account on Dizzyjam, but making their Facebook profile work for them as well. And after all the more the pub - the more the fans – both results – multiplying the sales and the growing number of fans are gratifying.  Just install the Dizzyjam Facebook app and enjoy your fans’ number boost.

Dizzyjam Facebook App

The app is quite simple to manage and unobtrusively mingles with the interface of your Facebook page. It’s easy to install and configure, even easier to use and is a real business galvanizer.

So have a nice time on the web and feel free to be seen everywhere with your wonderful designs.

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Jamie Oliver wins 2010 TED prize

Author: Milen Nedev

Although we could hardly call him “our” client (after all we are only web developers), some of the most interesting projects we have been working on were for his companies.




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Although we could hardly call him “our” client (after all we are only web developers), some of the most interesting projects we have been working on were for his companies.


Internet definitely will not save the world, but I personally haven’t found yet a better way for meeting some of the best minds on the planet. Jamie is surely one of them: a person with a clear purpose, that excites and inspires thousands with his wishes big enough to change the world.

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Hello and welcome to the official MTR Design Team blog

Author: Nikolay Nedev

Hardly anyone (even in Bulgaria) could recall that MTR Design was started in 2005 as a design department of the highly successful Bulgarian online magazine Media Times Review. read more ›

A little history

Hardly anyone (even in Bulgaria) could recall that MTR Design was started in 2005 as a design department of the highly successful Bulgarian online magazine Media Times Review.

Today, five years and a hundred completed projects later, we have established our UK branch, and it is pretty clear that 2010 will be for us an exciting year!

In our work we overcome many challenges, and constantly learn new stuff, so we thought it would be good to have a team blog, where we could share some useful info with you. Here we will be posting project updates, hot news and cool ideas! Keep an eye on it.

About the authors

Milen is a Project Manager, and a co-founder of MTR Design. He is also the first point of contact for our clients, and is personally “guilty” for the successful completion of a long list of web projects. Throughout the years he was responsible for the crafty befriending of clients such as: The Electric Sheep Company, River Cottage, BAA, and many other happy “victims”.

Nikolay is a former salesman turned Marketing | Business Development | Project Manager, and a co-founder of MTR Design. He is also the last point of contact for our clients due to his imaginable inability to improve his level of English. Throughout the years he successfully produced a number of inappropriate ideas for web applications, but to this very day his status of a “co-founder” keeps him steady in the team.

There is also a whole bunch of other highly suspicious individuals at MTR, that must be mentioned as they love being noted. Elena, Velentin, Stanislav, Vladimir, Marush and Alex all say hello to you.

See you around!

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