Tag: Accessibility

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 34

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”
– Tim Berners-Lee

Advertising

The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism delivers the scoop on malvertising and its affect on the publishing and advertising industries.


Custom Avocados

Custom Avocados is pushing the boundaries of corporate tchotchke. That’s expensive guacamole.


Web Design & Development

Accessibility Refresher

If you design and build web products for humans, then this article about accessibility design from the team at Vox Media is a must read. Slide show included.


Some friendly pointers from UX Thought of the Day about designing a better style guide.


Misc

Blackbox Shipping

The creators of Cards Against Humanity have started a new shipping company that “works like a co-op” for independent artists and creators to get the lowest price.


Nextdoor has tweaked its algorithm for reporting incidents that has resulted in a significant reduction of racial profiling by its online community.


 

The Revenant movie reimagined as an 8-bit battle game. Warning: possible spoilers.


NASA wants YOU to go to Mars. These official posters put the call out for teachers, explorers, and farmers to help inhabit the red planet.


Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you next week for the final Spry Hive of Summer, 2016!

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 13

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

0This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This week we hosted the St. Louis Drupal Users group for the first of many planning meetings for 2016 Drupal Camp St. Louis. Keep your eyes peeled here for more information about the event that will be happening this Fall. To get involved, visit the DrupalSTL Meetup Page.

Members of Spry will be representing the Drupal Association at the PHPTek Conference from May 23-27, so make sure you visit us at the Drupal table in-between the excellent sessions scheduled throughout the week.

Web Design & Development

Ensure that the website you’re designing meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines with these helpful tips.

The Spry team is a fan of Zurb’s Foundation tools as we’ve discussed previously. This week, we had the opportunity to hear from the Zurb team and ask them questions about their products in the form of an AMA.

stickers

Rep your favorite brands in programming and development tools with three free dev stickers.

Developers can sign-up for the Safari Technology Preview to get early glimpses into future browser and Webkit application releases.

To much applause, Microsoft has announced that Bash, the Linux command line, is finally coming to Windows.

Misc.

The FBI officially dropped their headline case against Apple. Now the tables have turned, as Apple is demanding that the agency reveals how they hacked the San Bernardino iPhone.

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Find out how Google caused a panic among users with this year’s April Fools Day joke, Google Mic Drop (that’s already been disabled).

Just when you thought Microsoft had learned its lesson after last week’s gaff with their Twitter AI, Tay, the company once again had to shut off the A.I. after it got stuck talking to itself.

There’s no excuse not to make your photos look great, as Google has announced that their photo editing software, the seven plugin Nik Collection, is now free.

Dig into the roots and legacy of the blues at the grand opening of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis this weekend.


 

Stay safe out there during the rest of April Fools Day and don’t forget to stop by next week for more Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 12

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

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

Around Spry

This week we hosted St. Louis DevOps monthly meetup. The topic (presented by Spry partner Julia Koelsch) was Ansible. If you want to get in on this meetup, you can join the group here.

The Web & Apps

Compare and shop for TV, internet, and phone services, starting with Comcast, in the new Amazon Cable Store.

For the time-crunched bookworms out there, check out Serial Reader, a new iOS app with huge educational potential, that serves up bits and pieces of classic literature.

Design

See what the world’s top architecture firms created when The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago sent them each 1,200 white legos for their newest exhibit.

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Since the 1940’s, Batman and Superman movies have had one iconic poster after another. Take a look back at some of the classics and see what The Poster Boys have come up with for Batman vs. Superman.

Web Design & Development

The Accessibility Team and WordPress are combining forces, announcing a set of Accessibility Coding Standards for all new or updated code releases.

Make your life significantly easier with these dirty tricks for front-end developers.

While on the topic of front-end, head over to Sitepoint to learn more about cleaning up a CSS codebase.

Misc.

Discover which Irish novel was so good that people have been afraid of translating it for almost 70 years, until now.

phife grove

The third full week of March saw the unfortunate passing of two revolutionary minds. Andy Grove (79), former CEO of the tech giant Intel, left his mark world as one of the integral pioneers of the personal computer, while Malik Taylor (45), also known as Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, brought a social consciousness to hip-hop and helped shape the world of music as we know it.

Get in the mood for Easter with these hilariously anthropomorphic pictures of Peeps.

Not all Easter bunnies cute and cuddly, something clearly portrayed in a new Tumblr feed titled Sketchy Bunnies.


Enjoy the holiday weekend and don’t forget to fly by next week for more buzz around the Spry Hive.