19 episodes

Open source software is an ocean of opportunity. If your job (and passion) is to propel conversions, leads, and revenue, OPEN WATERS is the podcast for you. Dive in to an exploration of open source technologies and strategies to maximize your martech investment.

Mediacurrent is a full-service digital agency that implements world-class open source software development, strategy and design to achieve defined goals for enterprise organizations seeking a better return on investment.

Mediacurrent is passionate about what we do. We are a team of 80+ Drupal, Digital, Design, and QA experts committed to high standards. We organize Drupalcamps, meet-ups, generate white papers, write blogs, give presentations, sponsor events, and provide training.
Visit mediacurrent.com/resources for links.

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Open source software is an ocean of opportunity. If your job (and passion) is to propel conversions, leads, and revenue, OPEN WATERS is the podcast for you. Dive in to an exploration of open source technologies and strategies to maximize your martech investment.

Mediacurrent is a full-service digital agency that implements world-class open source software development, strategy and design to achieve defined goals for enterprise organizations seeking a better return on investment.

Mediacurrent is passionate about what we do. We are a team of 80+ Drupal, Digital, Design, and QA experts committed to high standards. We organize Drupalcamps, meet-ups, generate white papers, write blogs, give presentations, sponsor events, and provide training.
Visit mediacurrent.com/resources for links.

    A Conversation about Drupal and Open Source Security

    A Conversation about Drupal and Open Source Security

    In this episode, we welcome Damien McKenna, a prolific Drupal contributor and community leader. We will be talking about open source security, specifically the ins and outs of Drupal security.
    Transcript and show notes: https://www.mediacurrent.com/blog/open-waters-drupal-open-source-security (https://www.mediacurrent.com/blog/open-waters-drupal-open-source-security)

    • 31 min
    The Future of DDEV Is Bright: A Discussion with Randy Fay

    The Future of DDEV Is Bright: A Discussion with Randy Fay

    In this episode, we're joined by Randy Fay from DDEV to discuss features and benefits of DDEV (https://ddev.readthedocs.io/en/stable/), the future of the project, and how you can get involved with contributing to the Drupal community. Randy provides his perspective on DDEV and the ways in which both developers and non developers can use it for projects.
    Transcript and show notes: https://www.mediacurrent.com/blog/future-ddev-bright-discussion-randy-fay

    • 37 min
    What's New in Decoupled Drupal

    What's New in Decoupled Drupal

    In today’s episode of the Open Waters Podcast, Shane Thomas, a Manager Engineer at Gatsby Joins Mark Shropshire and Mario Hernandez to discuss Decoupled Drupal with Gatsby.
    Shane helps us make sense of Gatsby Cloud and how it can help site owners and Marketers make the best of your decoupled architecture.
    Finally, Gatsby Preview is a hot topic and Shane tells us all about it as well as what's coming down the pipe for it.

    • 30 min
    Web Accessibility Considerations and Quick Wins

    Web Accessibility Considerations and Quick Wins

    In today’s episode of the Open Waters Podcast, Donna Wicks, a Web Strategist at Kettering University will be joining us to discuss web accessibility in higher ed.
    We explore engaging accessibility-related topics including marketing to prospective students, user experience, accessibility tools and training, and much more.
    You can find us at mediacurrent.com/podcast and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. If you liked this episode, share it with your friends and tag @mediacurrent on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/mediacurrent). For more resources on open source technology, thought leadership and case studies, visit us at Mediacurrent.com.

    • 24 min
    Design at Scale: The Playbook for Higher Education Brands

    Design at Scale: The Playbook for Higher Education Brands

    Hey everyone! Welcome to Season 2 of the Open Waters podcast by Mediacurrent (http://www.mediacurrent.com/podcast). I’m your new host, Susan Cooper. My cohosts Mario Hernandez and Mark Shropshire will be coming to you each month to explore the intersection of open source technology and digital marketing.
    In today’s episode we’ll be speaking with Sheree Hill, Creative Director of Mediacurrent and John G., digital designer at Mediacurrent. Both have been doing extensive work in higher education, building design systems, addressing pain points of scale and velocity and bringing brand stories to life.
    We’ll explore some of the challenges facing marketers and designers in higher ed, touch on learning modalities and how they function in web and marketing teams, as well as some quick and easy tips to help sharpen your school’s brand strategy and maximize some production workflows.

    If you are a marketer, designer or tech lead for higher ed, this episode is for you!
    Challenges in higher education marketing:


    Inquiry based learning approaches, such as design thinking exercises to establish guidelines to create richer learning experiences


    Brand guidelines based on the brand workshops to help inform all design decisions and asset production.


    Foundational systems across all touchpoints, not just components, but cloud templates, and even consult on team structure and skill sets.


    Tools and Tricks:



    Cloud collaboration - Google Docs for ebook templates


    Processes - legacy content updates


    Brand guide & Brand Kits in Canva (http://www.canva.com)


    Component matrix


    Brand strategy planner


    Importance of Mission and Vision:



    Guiding light


    Helps inform decisions


    For more information, check out Sheree’s Webinar: Leveraging Design Systems to Streamline Web Projects (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIbZpwcBxK4&t=434s)

    You can find us at mediacurrent.com/podcast and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. If you liked this episode, share it with your friends and tag @mediacurrent on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/mediacurrent). For more resources on open source technology, thought leadership and case studies, visit us at Mediacurrent.com.

    Open Waters Season 2 Trailer

    Open Waters Season 2 Trailer

    How can you use open source technology to maximize your Martech investment?
    Welcome to Mediacurrent’s Open Waters Podcast. Visit us at https://www.mediacurrent.com/podcast
    Mediacurrent is proud to announce Season 2 of the Open Waters podcast. We’re here to explore the intersection of open source technology and digital marketing. During Season 2, we will be covering topics including:

    * How to optimize your digital strategy
    * Accessibility as a business imperative
    * UX Design Principles
    * How it all works together using open source technologies like Drupal

    SUSAN: I’m your new host, Susan Cooper (https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-cooper/), and I’ll be here with your old friends Mario Hernandez (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariorhernandez/) and Mark Shropshire (https://www.linkedin.com/in/markshropshire/) to bring you the best in digital marketing and technology.

    MARIO: Hello everyone. This is Mario. I’m back and this time with two new great co-hosts, Susan and Shrop.  I am very excited about resuming the podcast and bringing you great content from guests who are leaders in the Open Source community.  We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast in your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss out on awesome discussions, resources and the latest in Drupal and Open Source.
    SHROP: Hi, this is Shrop. I’m a creative leader who has a heart for helping individuals be their best, while working with teams delivering best-in-class software projects built with open source technologies.

    At Mediacurrent, (https://www.mediacurrent.com/) we value giving back. This is in our D.N.A. as an open source expansion partner. We want to share our approaches to successful digital projects, helping you gain the information you need to improve your important work. Not only will you get the details of our experiences, but you will get to hear from our fantastic clients and partners!
    We are so excited to bring you a fresh perspective on open source technology and digital marketing this season! Make sure to subscribe today so you will not miss a single episode!
    SUSAN: If you are a Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Software Engineer, or Director of Marketing, this is the podcast for you. Or if you're a marketer interested in Marketing Technology and Digital Strategy, you’re not going to want to miss what we have in store for you in 2021.

    So check us out at mediacurrent.com/podcast and subscribe today on your favorite podcast app.

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