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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 29

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“One person’s data is another person’s noise.”
– K.C. Cole


Pooper is for when you can’t be bothered to do the dirty work of picking up after your dog.


Bond-villain-in-training Elon Musk has revealed part deux of his plan for Tesla. If anybody can successfully make the leap from idea to concept to large production manufacturer, he can.


Meet Graham

Hello there, handsome. Graham is a human designed to demonstrate the fragility of humans in front impact crashes.


Noisli provides just the right mix of ambient noises, whether you are looking to relax or for a productivity boost.


This comic from NewScientist just might be a commentary on how we relate to others during a political season:

Angry Particle in

Courtesy NewScientist


Birkenstock is quitting Amazon after a huge surge of counterfeit products were found on the website.


Will dating join the on-demand economy? The Ohlala app allows women to charge for dating services. If you think that might be blurring the line a bit with the oldest profession, then you should definitely read on…


Apple has made many great ads, but this one speaks to our hearts and why we do what we do:


As designers of systems, we are fond of good transit maps. In this article, a brave soul takes on Google and Apple to see if their transit maps can be improved upon. Hint: it’s not easy.


This Kickstarterer wants to build a hotel with a purpose.


We’ll be back to share more from the hive next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 28

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“The telephone is virtual reality in that you can meet with someone as if you are together, at least for the auditory sense.”
– Ray Kurzweil

Palettable is a novel approach to creating color palettes on the fly.

Level up on form design by reviewing these common form mistakes with recommendations how to improve them.

Interesting article from the folks at Livework about how they are tackling the shift from Service Design into Business Design.

 

Watch the Earth live from the ISS space station, enhanced by the ambient music.

Nintendo will be releasing a miniature version of their famous console, preloaded with 10 titles.

Prime Ministers in the UK may come and go, but Larry the Cat is staying right where he is.

A recent ruling from the 9th Circuit says that sharing a Netflix or HBO Go account is a Federal crime.

This is the week that Pokémon GO swept the world like a tsunami, and it seems that everybody is playing, even Vice President Biden:

If you think that the hysteria around Pokémon GO has reached max peak in your hometown, watch what happens when a Vaporean appears suddenly in Central Park in New York City:


Remember, don’t drive and play Pokémon. We’ll see you next week for another edition of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 27

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.”
– Plato

Branding

Open source champions Mozilla are applying their own open source principles towards the design of their new identity.

Web Design & Development

randoma11y is an automatic color generator that tests and learns from users’ feedback.

Working with a small budget doesn’t mean that you can’t do good design. It just means you should work smarter.

Bootstrap 4

Courtesy: @Bootply – Medium

Here’s a visual companion to what’s new in Bootstrap 4. Items to note are the increased emphasis on panel/card UI and an overhauled grid system.

Snyk scans your GitHub repos for vulnerabilities in your apps, and its now out of beta.

A few cases for why you shouldn’t overlook vertical media queries.

Technology

Sometimes indifference or just plain laziness inspires some inventive technology, like this script that informs you when you need to pay attention during a phone conference.

Google has begun testing its quantum computing-era crypto in a select number of Chrome browsers. Talk about being ahead of the curve.

Apple has been awarded a patent for an infrared signal disabling an iPhone’s camera, presumably to prevent concert-goers the ability to record and disrupt neighboring fans experience. We are concerned about more potentially egregious uses of the technology.

Ever wonder how many degrees of separation there are between Mott the Hoople and N.W.A.? We did, thanks to the Six Degrees Of Music Separation app, and the answer is 2!

MISC

Jupiter

Courtesy: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Youtube

Juno has safely arrived to Jupiter’s upper atmosphere after some slick maneuvering by NASA engineers and it’s catching some interesting movements of Jupiter’s Galilean moons.

 

Ain’t no clap like a VIKING CLAP. This is how Iceland welcomed home their soccer team that made it to the quarter-finals of the European Championships.


Hope that you all had a restful Fourth of July. See you next week for some more Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 26

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”
– Louis D. Brandeis

Around Spry

Thursday night, Spry Digital co-founder Sheila Burkett joined Dr. Barbara Gault of IWPR and Carissa Figgins of The Sparrow’s Nest on a panel discussion about empowering women economically. The event was hosted by KWMU and The Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis. The full house enjoyed an enlightening discussion on the ways that women’s economic situations can be improved, which ranged from accessible education to public transportation.

To find out where your state ranks for a range of women’s issues, check out Status of Women In The States.

Web Design & Development

Create a beautiful approach to type on your next project with Type Anything.

A Single Div

A Single Div

What can you draw from a single div element and a little CSS? Lynn Fisher provides many creative examples.

This tutorial for React Router is good for anybody new or looking to level up with React, Facebook’s JavaScript library for creating functional UIs.

Developers and power users love the command line for efficiency. If this describes you, you’ll enjoy this huge set of command line commands for the automatization of your Mac.

Misc

Get on the latest Vine craze that is fast-talking auctioneers mixed with hip hop beats.

These new headphones by B&O (Bang Olufson) are chock full of neat tech and sound amazing, so we hear.

Google Calendar went down and thus the world came to an end for about two hours Thursday morning.

Also on the G-tip, Google+ turned five this week with little fanfare.

Soylent

Courtesy: Quartz

If you’re curious about trying Soylent, here’s a short list of things it tastes like. We think pancake batter deserves to be on this list.

A movie about Tetris is coming, and if you are wondering what a cinematic telling of Tetris can possibly entail, you may be even more gobsmacked to hear that it’s planned as a trilogy!


Have a wonderful and safe holiday as you celebrate America’s birthday!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 25

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“Britain is a very small country with a very large press.”
– David Hockney

Design & Typography

Netflix revealed a new rather ambiguous icon. As usual, the Internet has a lot to say.

Typography and sci-fi – two of our favorite things. This length that this article goes to explore the design and typography of Bladerunner is truly extraordinary.

Always mixing up the aperture and counter when describing type? We got you covered with this animated guide to type terms.

Beauty is in the details, and typography is no exception. Designers, check out this upcoming webinar titled Finely Tuned Typography: Sweating the Small Stuff by Dan Rhatigan.

Web Design & Development

Color emoji with CSS, just because.

Developer motivation:

Developer motivation

The Practical Dev

Grab this beta signup for a new online front end code editor. [Code Comet]

Developers, the framework you’ve been waiting for: Fortran.io. Bonus: you won’t need a room-size mainframe to run it.

HireHer seeks to help women in tech connect with top tech companies.

Misc

Our beloved state of Missouri will begin using solar roadways as part of the Road to Tomorrow Initiative.

Meatless meat is one of the next big things, according to Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt. Could we be at the doorstep of eradicating cattle for meat? Read this meat lover’s favorable take on the latest plant-based meat.

Two factor authentication is an important facet of personal web security. Google just made their 2FA easier to use than ever.

Reuters

Britain is leaving the European Union and world is waiting to see what the fallout of the vote will be. An Independent Scotland? Cheap airfares to England? Stay tuned…


We’ll be back next week to share more web design and development news from the Spry Hive. Pip pip!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 24

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

We are skipping Spry news to acknowledge the terrible events that happened in Florida this week. We, along with many others, are mourning the senseless loss of lives in Orlando. Spry Digital embraces the idea of strength in diversity. Our thoughts go out to the victims of the LGBT community, Christie Grimmie, and all of the families and friends that have been hurt by these acts of hate.

We can always do better. Remember to celebrate the heroic acts of love that occur on a daily basis, and never react to hate with hate.

Now on to more lighthearted fare…

Typography

We applaud Google’s redesign of Google Fonts. If you geek out on such things, here’s the case study of the redesign.

Bungee Vertical Fonts

Image courtesy Bungee

Vertical type on signage and other projects is a necessity at times, but most fonts are not designed for vertical orientation. Bungee was created specifically for multi-color vertical typography.

Web Design & Development

The CSSConf Nordic 2016 happened and there’s some terrific talks posted online for your consumption.

If you enjoy using Tower for Git (and we do), also check out SourceTree by Atlassian, a free Git and Mercurial client for Windows and Mac.

Linux Journey

Image courtesy of Linux Journey

Interested in exploring the world of Linux? Begin your journey with this website. [Linux Journey]

Entrepreneurship

Zenefits, the popular online HR onboarding company, has been experiencing some growing pains as of late. Now they’re doubling down on turning the business around, asking their employees to get on board or to take “The Offer”.

Misc

Cable network Adult Swim continues to expand their influence in the digital space with this highly visual playlist that promises 25 tracks in 25 weeks.

Image courtezy NASA/JPL

This July fourth, NASA has plans to make fireworks of their own as they send the Juno spacecraft within 2,900 miles of Jupiter’s atmosphere.

The Bloomberg team continues to make web properties that are the source of much debate within our team. You either love them or you hate them, and the Global Tech Issue is no exception.

The world also lost a musical great this week. Chips Moman, the Memphis and Nashville hitmaker, has passed at the age of 79.


Remember to be good to each other. We will see you all next Friday for another edition of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches From The Spry Hive: Week 23

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
– Muhammad Ali

Around Spry

If you work in the nonprofit world you won’t want to miss the Gateway Conference on Philanthropy, happening Aug 31 at the St. Charles Convention Center. This event, put on by the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will feature a keynote by Strange Donuts and Strange Cares co-founder Jason Bockman, and a talk by Spry Digital co-founder Sheila Burkett. Spry Digital will also be introducing our nonprofit solution OpenDonorCRM, a hosted website and donor/member management solution for nonprofits.

Design

If you love typography like we do, you’ll want to add this poster featuring the anatomy of type to your wishlist.

Web Design & Development

If you like Sketch but have been frustrated by their upgrade paths, they’ve listened and will moving towards a license fee model.

For many, creating responsive websites means creating a lot of overhead. Ethan Marcotte talks about simplifying the process in his talk “Laziness in the time of Responsive Web Design” for An Event Apart.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 5.31.36 PM

Courtesy: Browser Calories

Does your website need to be on a diet? [Browser Calories]

Color contrast testing is an important aspect of web design but has remained largely subjective. This article explains how to use your browser’s inspect tools to determine actual contrast ratios.

Drag and drop selectors are coming to CSS4.

Always be learning with these web design podcasts.

Misc

How an overfed fish and a one star Yelp review led to 1M lawsuit.

Courtesy: Data DUO Kickstarter

For those that like making spaced out sounds on a synthesizer but feel it’s a bit of a loner activity, we bring you the Data DUO, a synth for two.

There is 1.2 billion dollars loaded onto Starbucks cards. That is a lot of coffee, friends.

Who says that a liberal arts degree isn’t useful? This author shares how reading and other creative endeavors can make you a better coder.

In Memoriam

This week we saw the passing of a giant. Muhammad Ali touched so many lives and people from all faiths and nations, but perhaps none more than his personal penpal of more than 30 years.

Enjoy this collection of our favorite gifs from the larger-than-life man:

Muhammad Ali was finally laid to rest in his home state of Kentucky with more than 100,000 fans in attendance.


More from the Spry Hive next week. Until then, float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 22

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“As you ramble on through life, Brother,
Whatever be your goal,
Keep your eye upon the doughnut,
And not upon the hole.”
– Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Around Spry

Spry Digital Partner Sheila Burkett is fresh back from her trip to the West where she led training sessions at this year’s CiviCon Conference, the national meetup for the CiviCRM community. Taking place in Fort Collins, Colorado, Sheila had a chance to teach users and developers how to use CiviCRM and met many of the contributors behind the open source constituent management platform. Spry Digital is proud to be marketing partners of CiviCRM, and are excited to see where this software for nonprofits is going!

Design

We’re on a never-ending quest for the lovely typefaces to use on projects. That’s why we enjoy the type tester/font marketplace known as FONTPATH.

Create Adobe

Courtesy create.adobe.com

In the latest Take 10 series by Adobe, designer Joshua Davis takes on the challenge of using 10 stock images to represent the word “weightless”, and the result is dreamy.

It’s official. This is the world’s ugliest color and it’s being used on cigarette packs in Australia to deter smoking.

CMS News

It’s hard for us to believe, but two years on and “Drupalgeddon” still remains one of the most popular vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit Drupal websites. Some will never learn.

Accessibility

Designing accessible websites for every user is important, even for those with dementia.

Web Design & Development

If you design or build websites for a living, you’ve probably scratched your head about the best way to make responsive product comparison tables. Dave Rupert shares his thoughts that the best solution is one that uses different patterns for different content.

We’re constantly amazed with what you can do with SVGs. Here are some fun distorted button effects that you can try on a project.

Glassy Films

Glassy Films website

Sometimes we just like to share other websites that make us happy. The Glassy Films website makes nice use of a double drawer navigation.

Misc

In case you live under a rock, it’s National Doughnut (Donut) Day! So enjoy a fried ring of doughy deliciousness today.

Kanye West has written some of the most memorable rhymes in hip hop. Now you can go back-and-forth with a Kanye Chatbot on Facebook messenger (with mixed results).

It’s time for everybody’s favorite chat tool Slack to get physical.

We just had to share these cute geeky zines by Bubble Sort.

Chick-fil-A’s teaches us all that to be a top mobile app, you just need to give away a sandwich.

If you live in St. Louis, you’ve gotten accustomed to a closed riverfront during major renovations to the Gateway Arch park grounds. This week, the riverfront reopened in spectacular fashion with a picnic at a rather lengthy community table.


Spry Hive out. Enjoy your weekend and see you next Friday!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 21

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

Around Spry

It’s been a busy week for open source community building.

This week members of Spry Digital represented the Drupal Association at the PHPTek Conference hosted May 25-27 in St. Louis. We met a lot of cool people and companies building amazing things with PHP (and Drupal) and had fun talking to attendees about the benefits of using Drupal and share some of the things we have built with it, including corporate websites, eLearning systems, and nonprofit solutions.

Speaking of nonprofit tech, we’ve also been busy preparing to travel for Ft. Collins, Colorado for this year’s CiviCon, a gathering of the CiviCRM community. Spry Digital co-founder Sheila Burkett will be on hand to lead training sessions throughout the week. CiviCon takes place between May 31 – June 8.

Thursday night we attended the DevOpsSTL meetup, where Kim Mahagee from Zivra gave an engaging presentation about how to lead successful DevOps transformations. Special thanks to Unisys for hosting the event, where there was plenty of devops discussion, pizza and beer on hand.

Content Strategy

A sound content strategy is one of the most important things you can do if you design and build content-managed websites.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Content development can be one of the biggest hurdles to delivering successful web projects. Learn how to identify and prevent content and documentation debt in this article by 18F.

User Experience Design

One of the biggest questions in user experience design is whether you are designing solutions that your customers actually want. Learn to dive deeper into customer’s wishes with this UX Thought of the Day.

Decision fatigue comes about when you give your users too many choices. Learn to improve customer experience by limiting the choices they can make.

Web Design & Development

Happy 13th Birthday, WordPress.

 

Great designers look beyond the tools. We enjoyed this read about “Maturity and the Weight of Learning”.

How to create even more fluid typography with vh and vw units.

An excellent case study on redesigning the Arriva website.

Use Git on a team? Here are some golden rules to live by.

And now, a tiny sassy alternative to Bootstrap.


Enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend, and remember those that have served our country. We’ll see you next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 20

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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“I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.” – Marcel Duchamp

Around Spry

If you’re in the St. Louis area, make your way over the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End to experience their latest exhibit: Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares: Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp. Members of Spry hit the opening Thursday night, where artist Tom Hackney described his paintings as representing the chess moves in matches between Marcel Duchamp and notable opponents.

Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares: Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp.

Courtesy: World Chess Hall of Fame

Design

Fonts.com surveys their lovely typography-driven mastheads, designed by internal and famous guest designers.

The designer’s struggle is real. [Lorem F# Ipsum]

An article about finding the visual center of designs.

User Experience Design

Brushing up on your UX? Here are the Top 10 User Experience Articles for May.

Web Design & Development

Straight from WordCamp St. Louis, Ryan Markel shares why and how you should do a code review on your WordPress projects.

New to Drupal 8? These Drupal 8 Activity Cards are a good place to start.

Courtesy: jensimmons.com

Jen Simmons wants to help web designers break out of the boxes so common in grid-based design. So, she has launched this site that hosts some of her experiments with web layouts.

In the latest RWD podcast, the team from Vox Media discusses their approach for the responsive redesign of the Curbed website.

The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project continues to gain traction, and will continue to do so, especially with this tool that converts all of your articles to AMP.

Misc

We were hyped to see this new teaser trailer for Twin Peaks Season 3.

This three part series by Girls Who Code skewers stereotypes about women in tech.

WSJ shows the difference between political affiliations in this social media aggregator.

 

Google ups the ante for desirable VR tech with the Tilt Brush.


See you next week!