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Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 38

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Roller coasters and preteens weren’t the only ones breaking records and setting precedents this week, so enjoy another dose of the Spry Hive and catch up on all the news!

Tech

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Source = Darpa

This week in Tech brought quite a touching story… Researchers at Johns Hopkins have developed a neural prosthetic that returns the sensation of touch to its owner.

This one on the other hand… has us seeing red.

Web

Users Beware: Some websites are beginning to identify and strike back against those running ad blockers.

Facebook is finally developing a dislike button, but they are exploring options that would make the feature less alienating and more empathetic.

Design

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Source = Wired

Almost immediately after Facebook spoke their piece, designers jumped right into the challenge of designing empathy.

Your design team becoming too chummy and designs too processed? Don’t forget that it’s okay to fight with each other.

Life becomes stagnant when learning is no longer constant, so check out these 50 books every web designer should read.

Development

It’s no secret that the Web has been held together with popsicle sticks and glue. It’s been a fun ride, HTTP, but it’s time to move on.

Forked a repo and can’t get up? You may need first aid for git.

Web designers, ensure that you’re pleasing users instead of making them sick. Take these resources for a spin and learn how to make your animations more accessible.

Misc.

Our stomachs are already dropping and turning at the sight of Cedar Point’s newest world-record breaking roller coaster.

What is this magic? Trust us when we say your life will change after trying these cotton candy grapes.

Forget the gondola men of Venice. Visit Osaka, but not without your wasabi! Evidently, the city’s turned their river into a conveyor belt of floating sushi.

Space exploration is inherently exciting, but we were on the edge of our seats reading about these two preteens who sent a homemade ship to the edge of space.


So, keep an eye out for giant balloons in the atmosphere and new features on Facebook. Don’t forget to stop by next week, as it will surely bring even more exciting news!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 37

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The fact that Fall is almost here means a few things for sure. The newest line of Apple products are on their way and the NFL has kicked off the regular season by adopting some real-time technology. That’s just the beginning of this week’s news though, so sit back and enjoy your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

Tech

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Source = Apple

This past week Apple, the ever-popular tech giant, announced their iPad Pro, touting desktop-level hardware alongside their newest accessories. The one piece that really has artists and designers clamouring, though, is the announcement of the Apple Pencil.

With the regular season beginning this week, the NFL has made it a lot easier to follow every game using their new app for Windows 10 that gives real-time stats and field position of every player. How is the NFL able to provide such an experience, you ask? By placing RFID chips on all the shoulder pads.

Apps

Looking for an easier and more organic way to jot down some notes, create diagrams, or even make a checklist on your mobile device? Then you’ve got to check out the new app called Paper, available for free in the Apple App Store.

Design

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Source = A List Apart

Appealing to as many people as possible is a fundamental aspect of design. While some people have begun complaining about the shift to dynamically and swiftly changing content with sidescrolling and parallax effects, many might not have considered how these features are affecting those with vestibular disorders.

It’s no secret that the number of applications available to designers seems to be growing exponentially these days. Attempting to make sense of all the utilities and how they are really being used, Subtraction.com surveyed more than 4,000 people from 200 different countries. Well, the results are in and there is finally a list of the tools designers are using today.

Development

While last week’s discussion of Angular vs. React focused on how quickly React has been growing, some may still be wondering, “Which one is right for me and my project?” Well, Benton Rochester from effective thinking is here to help you decide.

For those who don’t know, SEO by Yoast is the go-to plugin on WordPress for your Search Engine Optimization needs. For those who did know, you’ll be happy to hear that the extension is finally coming to Drupal.

Misc.

Reminiscent of SeinfeldVision, an extraordinarily talented video editor has created a video that flawlessly brings together characters from dozens of classic films. Including the likes of Scarface, the Terminator, and the Mask (just to name a few), Hell’s Club is something you’ve got to see to believe.

If we hadn’t split from Britain all those years ago, we would all have one more excuse for celebrating this week. Evidently, Queen Elizabeth II has finally surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in all of British history.


And with that, another week is in the books. Grab yourself some fish & chips or a nice pint of beer, it’s finally time to relax and enjoy the weekend. Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 35

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Welcome back to the Spry Hive! In a week where we discovered that some of our jobs would be in danger if 5th graders were allowed to design and develop, there was no shortage of news and events to cheers us all up. So, sit back and enjoy catching up on this week’s news, from major moves in the US Chess Federation to widespread internet outages.

Web

Ever since the advent of video games in 1947, developers have worked tirelessly to create an interactive experience that looks and feels as real as possible. Well, the geniuses behind Realm Pictures on Youtube may have finally figured it out, utilizing services like Omegle, Skype, and Chatroulette to create ‘Real Life’ video games, turning their interactions into absolutely hilarious videos.

There have been some major, unexplained outages across the world since last evening. Though it’s become clear that Level3, one of the world’s largest Internet Service Providers for products like Xbox Live, Craigslist, and HBO Go, is dealing with some internal difficulties, the company has left its customers in the dark in terms of the outages’ cause.

Are you the type of person that would love nothing more than to bring your cat to work everyday? Aren’t we all? Well, now you can get your feline fix in the office with this new online generator that allows you to recreate the purr of your furry friend.

We appreciate a little help when it comes to organizing our personal projects. That’s why we use Trello, a system of lists and workflows that makes it easy to complete any project. The tool’s applications are boundless, and to help users get the most out of the platform, Trello has released their own list of ideas as inspiration.

Design

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Source = Takumi

If you are a fan of the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road, then you have got to check out this reinterpretation of the story. Created by Japanese artist Takumi, the story is retold by masterfully combining the movie’s post-apocalyptic themes with the cryptic design of Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

While some designers have already begun migrating away from Adobe with other programs stepping up their game, the longtime king of creative software may have hurt themselves even more with their most recent updates to InDesign CC. Evidently, Adobe has decided to not include a slew of common fonts and typography, essentially leaving designers stranded.

Development

Staying busy at the home base, we don’t make it to nearly as many conference as we’d like to. That’s why, when we came across this list of recent conference talks worth watching, we just had to share!

While you may be a master of code and development in general, how much do you know about the servers running and sharing your programs? A little sysadmin knowledge can go a long way for a developer, so, we want to introduce you to Servers for Hackers, which now offers all of their videos for free!

Misc.

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Source = Random House

There is no denying it, folks. We love history, we Love comics, and we LOVE beer. So, you can only imagine the joy and excitement around the office after we found out that a team was releasing a comic book about the 9000 year history of beer.

Some big news came out of Jackson,Wyoming this week as the town announced its plans to reduce the costs of transportation and food in general by using a vacant lot to build a gigantic, indoor, and public greenhouse. Thanks to their unusual, yet innovative, methods, the project is being heralded as one of the world’s first vertical farm.

While some sports fans in St. Louis are still reeling from the possibility of losing their pro-football team, the city’s chess fans just received some major news. Evidently, Fabiano Caruana, who currently sits as the 5th best chess player in the world, has decided to leave team Italy and relocate to the Gateway to the West, pledging allegiance to the US Chess Federation.


So, we hope you could once again find something entertaining or worthwhile to take away from the Spry Hive. Don’t forget to stop by next week and have the spryest of weekend!

Spry Hive Week 34

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Welcome back to the Spry Hive! Between all the Star Wars hype, news surrounding NASA, and advancements in solar power, there is no doubt that we were all reaching for the stars in one way or another this week. So, sit back and enjoy the tales of this week’s dreamers, innovators, and thought leaders.

Web & Apps

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Nowadays, there seems to be an emoji for just about any item and any situation. Thanks to Eric Andrew Lewis, the illustrated text icons can now be used to build some of the cutest (and sometimes most disturbing) mosaics of your favorite pictures!

Have you been looking for a simple, legitimate solution to secure your company’s communication? Well, then Silent Circle was built for you. While they do offer a small number of silent devices, their heavily encrypted communication apps are the immediate innovators as they are available for desktop, Android, and iOS.

Tech

Evidently, Samsung is among those who believe bigger is better, at least in the market of storage capacity. The company recently announced that they will be releasing a Solid State Drive that features a whopping 16 terabytes of storage. That kind of size doesn’t come without an enormous price tag, though, as the device is estimated to cost somewhere between five and seven thousand dollars.

In a move that had some managers and players calling for an instant replay, MLB’s commissioner, Bud Selig, had declared that smartwatches were banned alongside smartphones in the dugout. Luckily, the decision was overturned after further review, as the league’s front office finally learned how the devices works.

Google announced a new program this week that aims at saving you some headache and money. By combining their current Google Maps 3D modeling data with their new solar mapping data, the company has made the process of upgrading to solar panels a whole lot easier with Project Sunroof.

Design

While some attentive Harry Potter fans out there might be freaking out at the fact that someone tarnished one of their beloved books with the iconic Star Wars logo, everybody else can agree that these designs are magical. Founded by Yuto Yamaguchi, the company OruFun specializes in the art of folding book pages into amazing 3D designs, aka putting those dusty books on your shelf to good use.

Whether you’re designing an app for the desktop, smartphone or watch, the process just got a little easier and a lot more animated. With the introduction of Principle for Mac, you can create a beautiful user experience that utilizes animation, interaction, and multiple screens.

Development

Thankfully, flexibility within your web page doesn’t require daily stretching and yoga training like your body does. All it requires is Flexbox! For those of you that may have heard us raving about it in previous blogs, but still struggle with understanding the modules basics, here is a great explanation of how it works.

Are you using WordPress to fulfill your blogging or website needs? Well, you’ll be happy to know that version 4.3 of the platform, also known as “Billie”, has been released and comes packed with features that will make content creation so much easier.

Misc.

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Source = Disney/Lucasfilm

When Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars brand and franchise, we knew there would be more in the works than the reboot of a legendary movie series. Well, this week plenty of fan undoubtedly wet themselves following the announcement of two Star Wars theme parks, one in Orlando and one in Anaheim.

Unlike anything affiliated with Star Wars, NASA is scraping the bottom of their funding barrel as budget cuts take their toll on the US space agency. While we knew that a few programs would have to be dropped, nobody expected that they would get to the point of raiding museums for spare parts just to fulfill prior obligations to the International Space Station.

If you find yourself looking for a visual aid to help ponder the complexities of life’s cyclical nature, or you just like trains, then you’ve got to check out this mesmerizing, bi-directional kinetic sculpture.


And with all of that, we find ourselves a couple of rotations closer to the end of Summer and the beauty of Fall. We thank you for stopping by and wish you the spryest of weekends!

Meet Web Developer Matthew Atkins

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under team-profile.

Matthew Atkins (@matthewatkins) has been a member of the Spry Hive since April, 2015. As a seasoned graphic designer, user interface designer and front-end developer, Matthew is a student of all things design and Web. He is always exploring new design patterns, scripts, tools and processes that create better experiences for users in applications and on The Web. He is as comfortable designing and scripting a web application as he is developing an entire front-end framework for large-scale websites.

With a Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from Eastern Illinois University, Matthew’s early career included numerous graphic design gigs where he was able to hone his skills as a graphic designer, that would eventually lead to web and user interface design. Matthew began making websites in 1999 with table layouts using HTML and began exploring what CSS could do as early as 2003. Around 2010, Matthew began using his knowledge of HTML, CSS and Javascript to turn his own creations into dynamic web experiences professionally. Since then, he has continued to develop his craft in all areas of web design and development, including Javascript, PHP and Ruby on Rails. He is no slouch at branding either, creating fun engaging brands for companies that carries through to every touch point within a web product.

Softly spoken but driven by the desire to deliver quality digital products and sharing his knowledge with others, Matthew has been an invaluable member of our team. Look for Matthew to continue to leave his mark on brands and digital products we produce for them.

Follow Matthew on Codepen.

Team Player Stats

  • Sign: No Left Turn
  • Power Animal: Luck Dragon
  • Personality Type: Laid back
  • Geeks out with: Apple everything
  • Signature style: Neat
  • Collector of: Fine Bourbon
  • Favorite bands: The National, Brand New, Mumford & Sons
  • Favorite movies: Donnie Darko, Army of Darkness, Wet Hot American Summer, Never Ending Story, Back to the Future
  • Guilty pleasure: Super cheesy horror movies
  • GoT character you most identify with: Samwell Tarly

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 33

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Welcome back to another edition of the Spry Hive! Did you hear about the major changes to Google’s corporate structure or the exciting announcement from Winona Ryder, Michael Keaton, and Tim Burton? Well, then strap on your seat-belts and get ready to catch up on all of this week’s news!

Tech

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Sources = Samsung (left); Apple (right)

During Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 event, the tech giant announced their newest smartwatch. Dubbed the Gear S2, this model will use Samsung’s Tizen OS, a new (but familiar) user interface, and a traditional, circular watch shape. As they are clearly trying to one-up the already popular Apple Watch at this point, how do you think they will compare?

In other news, some technophiles are warning consumers to stay away from laptops released by the tech company Lenovo. Evidently, they have been using the BIOS to change Windows’ system files during a clean install. This means they are essentially making it impossible to clean the hardware of their bloated, unnecessary software.

Web

Over the past few years, Google has been scooping up small, innovative businesses left and right. Throughout this period of rapid expansion, it became increasingly difficult for consumers and investors to define what the once humble search engine company actually does these days. So, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google’s founding fathers, created Alphabet Inc. and announced that G is for Google.

For those of you using Mozilla’s Firefox browser, be sure to check which version you are currently running. In out-of-date editions, attackers are able to access and copy local files through a bug in their PDF reader. So, to be safe, make sure you are running version 39.0.3 or higher.

Design

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Source = Joe Freedman

If you haven’t seen the Cycloid Drawing Machine created by Joe Freedman, then you’ve been missing out! Luckily, Jim Bumgardner has released a digital simulation of the machine for anybody and everybody to try out online.

Most UX designers understand that the practices and methods used in the industry are in constant flux. As network connectivity continues to be built into an exponentially growing list of devices and methods of data collection become more abundant & sophisticated, some believe that users are becoming the new designers.

Development

Does your development team use Github to help collaborate on, manage, and organize their files and work? Well, you’ll be happy to know that Github Desktop was finally released on Windows and OS X this week, making the system faster and easier to use.

Recently, in an attempt to fight off the smug trolls in development, Chris Coyier, a writer at CSS-Tricks, sent out a fill-in-the-blank tweet that read, “Front end development is hard because __________.” While it may already seem like common sense, some individuals still need a healthy reminder that front-end development is development.

Misc.

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Source = Coloring Flower Machine

Next time you are about to do some shopping on Amazon, take a minute to count how many adult coloring books appear in their list of best sellers. You may be surprised to find more than a handful, but psychologists have been explaining that coloring acts as a form of relaxation, stress-reducer, and is actually comparable to meditation.

After twenty-seven long years, Winona Ryder has confirmed that she is finally teaming back up with actor Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton. While we will realistically have to wait until 2016 to see any glimpses of their work, fans can rejoice knowing that their beloved Beetlejuice will be back for round two.

This week wasn’t all fun and games, though, as citizens in the city of Tianjin, China were caught off guard by an unexpected, disastrous explosion. So, be sure to send your thoughts, prayers, and aid to our fellow humans suffering in China as they mourn those who were lost, begin to recover from the damage and rebuild their city.


And just like that, another week of exciting news has passed right by. While we can find joy in the announcements of Beetlejuice 2, Samsung’s Gear S2, and our new excuse for buying more coloring books, make sure you take some time and reach out to those in less fortunate situations. So, go make the most of your weekend and don’t forget to stop by next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 32

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

This week kicked off with rumor that Windows 10 had already reached 67 million machines, but Microsoft quickly quashed the tall-tale, announcing on Monday that the launch period actually saw about 18 million machines upgraded. We saw more than just rumor throughout the week, though, as Lexus’ hoverboard resurfaced and Jon Stewart made his final appearance on The Daily Show. So, hopefully you can find something to enjoy as we dig into this week’s news!

Tech

Just a few weeks ago we found ourselves drooling over the images and concepts of a real-life hoverboard announced by Lexus. Now, making some of us question reality, the popular luxury-car company has released the first video demonstration of their seemingly impossible device.

Web

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to come up with a color scheme, then we’ve found the website for you! Generating colors that looks sit well next to each other, either randomly or based on personal selections you’ve locked into place, Coolors.co is a great web-tool to use on your next project.

Design

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Source = Microsoft

The Apple Watch has been available for a little over three months, and we are finally beginning to see more third-party applications appear in the Apple Store. One of the biggest issues slowing down the production of applications for their smartwatch is simply trying to design a user friendly experience. That might be a thing in the past, at least for email clients, as, according to MacWorld, the design of Microsoft’s Outlook app shows other companies how it’s supposed to be done.

Pulling together as many icon fonts as possible, fellow designer and developer Tim Pietrusky has made it easier than ever to find, select, and integrate icons into your next web page. We really suggest you check it out because we love icon fonts!

Development

When it comes to implementing truly original and creative design on a website, most developers will agree that there are a plethora of issues that can arise, especially around Graphical Text Effects. Well, Sara Soueidan, a freelance front-end web developer, has reached out through Adobe’s blog to help you weigh out the pros and cons of solving these problems using SVG vs. CSS.

Are you looking to create a more formal web articles that elegantly and effectively utilizes data-driven graphics, tables, and side-notes? Well then look no further than Tufte CSS, a grouping of tools that will make it easy to style your next publication.

Misc.

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Photo by: Anuar Patjane Floriuk

After receiving and sorting through over 17,000 entries, National Geographic has finally chosen a winner for their yearly Travel Photo Contest. While the selected photo is expectedly stunning, one can find just as much beauty and excitement inside the photographer’s story.

Fans of Star Trek will be delighted to hear that actress Nichelle Nichols, famously known as Lt. Nyota Uhura, will be teaming up with NASA this coming September. Joining the crew aboard NASA’s newest, flying telescope, SOFIA, she will become one of the first humans to take on an active role in one of the agency’s projects as ‘non-essential personnel’.

In a teary-eyed celebration of the cast and crew behind the comedic genius of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart hosted his final show last night, bidding his adoring fans a fond farewell. While his departure certainly marks the end of a legendary, side-splitting era, we can rest assured that we haven’t seen or heard the last of him, yet.


Well, there we have it folks. This week’s news sent us looking to the stars as a Sci-Fi icon makes her way through the atmosphere and left us holding on for dear life as we try hovering for the first time. So, go forth, enjoy the weekend, and try not to get stuck in Philadelphia over the weekend or else you might end up like poor Hitchbot.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 31

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

After receiving plenty of hype over the past year, Windows 10 was finally released this week, seemingly avoiding any major hiccups during the process. While the new OS is definitely newsworthy, there were plenty of other stories to follow this week including some intriguing developments in virtual reality and the release of a teaser for ABC’s new Muppets sitcom. So, without further adieu, we present to you this week’s news.

Tech

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Source = Nokia

If you haven’t noticed yet, the past year has seen some major developments in the world of virtual reality. While a few other companies have already announced their efforts to develop a camera optimized for capturing virtual reality, Nokia decided to finally enter the conversation this past week. Releasing pictures of a product that is slightly reminiscent of a probe droid from the Empire Strikes Back, the tech company excitedly announced their new camera called Ozo.

If you’ve been following the Spry Hive for awhile now, you might just remember us discussing how Amazon wants you to push its buttons a couple of months ago. Now, some of your everyday household items are literally one click away as the internet-based retailer has finally released the first series of Dash Buttons.

Web

As designers and developers continue to focus web pages on providing users with more options and more images, the average size of a single page continues to rapidly grow. Unfortunately, coupled with the rise in mobile browsing, this trend of ‘bloated’ websites is beginning to threaten the user experience on mobile devices.

Design

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Source = FiveThirtyEightScience

This week, we came across an interesting story from another creative designer that we just had to share. Hitting on the notion of ‘blind searching’, Christie Aschwanden discusses how such a research method could act as the foundation for a plethora of creative innovations. Detailing her experience working on a specific project, she came to the conclusion that, sometimes, you just need to stop trying to be creative.

Development

Do you manage or develop any websites using WordPress? Well, if so, then make sure secure your site by checking for updates as version 4.2.3 of the CMS was released about a week ago.

Whether you’ve been struggling to learn CSS FlexBox or you are just now becoming interested in learning more about the module, a little assistance rarely hurt anyone. Fortunately, you only have to search as far as their domain, FlexBox.io, where developer Wes Bos has put together 20 free, helpful videos for guiding users through the basics.

If you are a developer familiar with Drupal CMS, then you have most likely come across the heated debate currently surrounding the use and effectiveness of ‘Headless Drupal’. Thankfully, Andrew Berry from Lullabot has shed some light on the dispute, highlighting both sides of the issue and, instead of choosing sides from the beginning, asks the question, “Should you Decouple?

Misc.

Finding their way back to television, the Muppets are landing on ABC this Fall in what’s described as an, “office-style mockumentary.” Evidently, an 11-minute clip was recently shown at Comic Con, where it received so much fan-fare that the producers decided to release it the public.

While a Breaking Bad inspired coffee shop is far from the best reason to visit Istanbul, it’s definitely a novel reason. Born from a Kickstarter campaign, Walter’s Coffee Roastery has done a great job at capturing the shows aesthetics, even serving coffee in test tubes and beakers.


As you can see, the doers of this world produced a plethora of topics to discuss over the weekend. Whether it was gaining the ability to push Amazon’s buttons or the lesson about having faith in your messy, yet time-tested methods, we hope you found something of interest to walk away with. So, don’t forget to send your System Administrator some love today and have a spry weekend!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 30

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

In case you didn’t hear, NASA has once again captivated the world by announcing the discovery of a planet eerily similar to Earth. While everybody else may not have been performing rocket science this week, the founder of Wikipedia announced his plan to revolutionize social networking and a group of hackers figured out how to wirelessly control a car. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of this week’s news!

Web & Apps

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Source = tindog

For those who aren’t adventurous enough to explore the popular dating app Tinder, the developers at Holidog have created an alternative that puts your canine in the spot light. Whether the app is really for the dog or the owner doesn’t really matter as both benefit from the genius of Tindog.

If you frequently engage major companies on Facebook, asking a question or even complaining about service, then you’d better look out! Evidently, a couple comedians out of Atlanta have taken the popular social media site by storm, providing customers with fake answers while posing as ‘Customer Service’.

Evidently, the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is preparing to launch a donation based social network in the United States. Allowing users to connect with and receive updates from participating charities and individuals, The People’s Operator, or TPO, is self-described as, “similar to Twitter, but better.

Design

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As creative teams everywhere continue to utilize and experiment with digital design for their clients, it’s become more and more difficult to remember how beautiful and fitting physical, visual art can be. So, to help jog the memory and provide some inspiration, take a look at these gorgeous examples of analog typography.

Businesses require design that is both intelligent and enjoyable. Like most tasks, though, such an accomplishment is much easier said than done. Alina from Zurb Blog writes that the root of the problem may stem from the inability of a company to properly utilize their own design team.

Development

Those who have never come across Sitepoint’s, “12 Little-Known CSS Facts,” now have some catch up to do! Following up to last year’s successful and helpful blog post, Louis Lazaris provided coders with 12 more little-known CSS facts.

Looking to add beauty, class, and powerful, data-driven widgets to your web-based dashboard? Then you have to check out this charming yet powerful framework called Dashing.

WordPress has served the web development community since its first appearance 2003, growing from a simple blogging system to the multi-purpose CMS it is today. Now, the system is on it’s way to becoming a fully integrated and functioning application framework, making it easier external, mobile programs to communicate with the WordPress database using the new WP Rest API.

Tech

Just as a disclaimer, stopping a vehicle on the highway in the middle of the day is never a good idea, and can probably end up with a ticket. That said, we should probably give a free pass to the team of researchers who showed the world how vehicles like the Jeep Cherokee are currently vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Have you been following the incredible progress Tesla Motors has been making with electric cars? Well, if you haven’t, then there’s no better time than now. Touting acceleration of 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds, the popular car company has announced the release of “ludicrous mode,” for the Model S.

While the technology behind music has expanded leaps and bounds in the recent decades, it took almost 500 years for someone to finally create Leonardo da Vinci’s musical invention. Dubbed the Viola Organista, da Vinci’s instrument combines the qualities of the harpsichord, organ,and viola da gamba.


So, while the likes of Tesla Motors and Jimmy Wales continue innovating life here on Earth, NASA might want to consider some creative upgrades for their rockets to expedite the journey to our planet’s newest cousin. We hope you were able to find at least one piece of interesting, informative, or just plain entertaining news. Don’t forget to stop by next week and enjoy a well-deserved break of the weekend!