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  • After a while we came to realize that we were spending way too much time on revisions and the revisions that we were making were far more complex. Not only did we have to adjust layout, but all of the corresponding graphic treatments as well. This was frustrating for us, worrisome for the paying client, and disastrous for the project schedule. However, it didn’t take us long to realize that we needed a new approach. We decided to account for more time in our schedules to do gray box wireframes and added it to Step 1 of our process. The end result was that while we added another step to our design process, we actually saved time in the long run because we were addressing problems early and not waiting to resolve problems during full color phase. After implementing this new method, we certainly noticed an improvement in our projects.
  • The European Commission last week called on the IT industry to step up efforts to cut emissions, announcing plans for a wide-ranging green IT strategy designed to ensure economy-wide emission reductions of 15 per cent by 2020.

    Announcing the new strategy, which is to be formally adopted in the second half of this year, commissioner for information society and media Viviane Reding said that while the IT sector had already made significant commitments to reduce its environmental impact, it still had "enormous untapped potential for saving energy right across the economy".

    "I would recommend to the IT sector to show the way for the rest of the economy by reducing its own carbon footprint by 20 per cent by 2015," she said. "I see from the response of European IT companies to the Commission's ongoing work that Europe is already well ahead in using IT for greening the economy."

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