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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 38

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”
– Robert L. Peters

Around Spry

Murmuration Festival

Add to the list of things to do when visiting St. Louis, Murmuration Festival is happening this weekend. The first festival of its kind in St. Louis, the three day event, kicking off tonight with a free and open-to-all party, promises to “bring together artists, musicians, innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs to engage the public and share their work via conversations, talks, panel discussions, and musical performances.” With so many groundbreaking talks and music, Monday will surely come too fast.

St. Louis Design Week is coming this October, and Spry Digital is once again proud to be an agency sponsor. As part of the festivities, we will be opening our doors to show off our design and digital wares as well as meet other folks in the design community. Visit the St. Louis Design Week website for a full list of events, and their Facebook page to RSVP for the Spry Digital Studio Tour.


Typography

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first sans-serif typeface, designers at Tipotype have created Brother 1816, a font which they describe as “a very flexible, multifaceted and solid typeface, mixing Geometric shapes with Humanistic strokes at the same time.” Go grab it while it’s cheap.


Web Design & Development

If you’re learning web design or development, you can’t do much better than A Book Apart series. The newest book in the series addresses JavaScript (finally).


Around the Web

Yahoo has announced that 500 million user accounts have been stolen. Even if you’re only using your Yahoo address to catch promotions and spam these days, you’ll want to change your password immediately.


Discover Your Patronus

Discover your Patronus as part of the latest promotion for J.K Rowling’s “Pottermore.”


Researchers from Intel Labs and Darmstadt University in Germany have developed a clever way to extract useful training data for self-driving car AI from Grand Theft Auto. Who said GTA can’t be educational AND fun?


Express yourself with expressions and operators with this JavaScript dress, found on Think Geek.

 

That’s all for Summer and this week’s Spry Hive! Catch you next week after we’ve pulled our heads back together following Murmuration Festival!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 37

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“You don’t think your way to creative work. You work your way to creative thinking.”
– George Nelson

Around Spry

Last weekend was the 3rd annual DrupalCamp St. Louis. DrupalCamp is a local conference for all things Drupal, an open source CMS that powers some of the world’s largest websites. Speakers and visitors came from as far as Chicago, Austin, and Belgium!

DrupalCamp St. Louis

Spry Digital uses Drupal extensively, and was proud to be a Platinum Sponsor for the event. Three team members also gave talks this year, which you can find below:

Managing Drupal Projects by Simon Yost

Type Systems! Why, What, How by Brian Goldstein

Doubleclick for Publishers and Drupal by Benji Damron


Graphic Design

Adobe Apparel

Courtesy Adobe.

Adobe has released a line of apparel that celebrates common stock photography themes, like “man sitting at desk, frustrated with technology.”


Typography

OpenType Font Variations is a joint effort by Microsoft, Apple, Google and Adobe to specify font formats, creating more harmony between font families and systems.


Webfonts are here, big time. If you aren’t using webfonts, should you be? This A List Apart article covers both sides of the argument for using webfonts, including adoption patterns and common challenges.


User Experience Design

UX Tools

UX Tools is a list of design, prototyping and collaboration tools that helpfully provides feature sets and pricing, to help you choose the right tools for the job.


Web Design & Development

Angular 2 has been officially released!


Everything you need to know about using color with A Nerd’s Guide to Color On The Web.


Gmail has been a little late to the game supporting responsive emails across their email clients, but now you’ll be able to use media queries for Gmail and Google’s Inbox.


Technology

Evernote is migrating all of its user data to Google’s Cloud Platform. That’s some 5 billion notes and attachments that Evernote believes users will be able to access in new and better ways thanks to Google’s machine learning APIs.


Misc

Further proof that we are all made of stars, solid organic matter has been found in dust particles on Rosetta’s comet.


CVS Keurig Cold Remedy

As we head into cold season, you can now bring the fight to colds with your Keurig machine.


Skip the tedious step of making coffee in the morning for your daily dose of caffeine. Power Toothpaste will give you the jolt you need.


 

There’s some web design and life hacking links to carry you through to next week, when we’ll have more to share from the Spry Hive!

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 19

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”
– Mario Andretti

Around Spry

Team Spry Digital RX-7

Team Spry Digital RX-7

If you weren’t already aware, Spry’s own Sheila and Steven Burkett are members of the St. Louis SCCA. When not building websites and apps they are building race cars and organizing races. If you live near St. Louis and live for the smell of race fuel in the morning, get over to Gateway Motorsports Park where they will both be participating in the SCCA Majors Tour.

Design

The Olympic Games is the venue for the World’s top amateur athletes to come together in spirited competition. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the arts were at one time recognized and awarded with medals, like the athletes.

Olympic Games Art

Courtesy domus

Having your logo redesigned? You may want to give it a glance upside down before approving.

User Experience Design

One of the first talks from this year’s Drupalcon in New Orleans that we’ve been able to check out is a presentation on Content-Driven UX, an approach that we are keen on.

Web Design & Development

For a dose of inspiration, check out these 99 beautiful ecommerce designs shared by Shopify.

Brutalism in Web Design

Courtesy Brandon Joyce

Washington Post shares one of the hottest trends in web design: FUGLY

If you’re still designing your mockups at 2x, read this article about the benefits of designing for 1x resolution.

Github, you da real MVP. [Introducing unlimited private repositories]

Misc

A rebel alliance has infiltrated the Pentagon, and they’re exposing cyber insecurities.

Hyundai’s exoskeleton will turn you into a mech pilot.

Stay green, Germany.

Dwarf Planet

Courtesy NASA

Oh, solar system. You’re full of surprises.


What other surprises are we in store for this week? Check back in the next Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 14

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

We are excited to provide on-site web support for the 2016 U.S. Chess Championships that begin next week. The tournament is being held at the world renowned Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, so be sure to grab yourself tickets for a round or two!

Next week is also a special week around the Spry Digital office as we celebrate 6 years as a company. We love what we do, and grown in staff by over 450% in five years. Thanks to everybody who works with us, our clients and friends and family that support our business!

Web Design & Development

Next time you are building a Shopify ecommerce site with the Liquid template language, keep this handy cheat sheet by your side.

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Stay sharp with your web design skills and practices with The Manual, a journal centered around design for the web that’s only released three times a year.

Find out how developers around the world were stopped in their tracks by one infuriated individual who broke JavaScript.

18F, an organization dedicated to designing, developing, and assisting the digital interactions between citizens and their government is now giving away the code for 35 different projects they worked on.

Misc.

If you haven’t discovered Modstock, a stock photography site for the “lives we really live”, you’ll want to get there before your parents discover it.

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Whether you’re a teacher or frequently use the whiteboard around the office, this new device and app on Kickstarter called Kaptivo will make sharing your work significantly easier.

Heralded as being a bigger leak than WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden combined, a group of 100 reporters from 100 different countries released the Panama Papers this week, laying out the paper trail of documents connecting some of the most powerful people in the world to shell companies in Panama being used as tax havens.

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This week we pay tribute to two more individuals who are no longer with us. Zara Hadid, 65, world famous experimental architect passed away, as well as country music legend Merle Haggard, 79.


Enjoy the first weekend of April and don’t forget to stop by next week for more from the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 51

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Even though the holidays and release of Star Wars Episode VII held most people’s attention this week, the forces behind web design and development kept up the hard work with numerous announcements and releases. So, find out what you missed with another week of the Spry Hive.

Web Design & Development

We’ve all heard and probably experienced the saying, “Mother knows best.” So, find out what this mom can teach us about UX.

Sharpen your skills in design with this massive bundle of free design resources.

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Source = Webflow

Break into the next dimension on your website with these beautiful 3D CSS transforms. The best part? No coding required.

WordFence is giving back to the WordPress community in a big way this holiday season, announcing the launch of their free security learning center.

Misc.

Take your music everywhere without wasting precious space by using the personal music streaming server, Koel.

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Source = Joytree

Combining an evergreen, multicolor lights, and tree topper isn’t the only way to build a Christmas tree this year. Use emoji’s too, to digitize the experience with Joytree.

Can’t get enough lights these holidays? Tune into a live stream and control other people’s house lights.

Get hyped with Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and multiple cast members from the new movie as they perform an a cappella tribute to Star Wars.

Waiting for mad rush to pass before seeing the Star Wars Episode VII, then keep away from all of the inevitable spoilers online with this handy Google extension that force blocks everything from the movie.


There’s only two more weeks left in 2015, so keep an eye out for an extra special, end-of-the-year edition of the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 49

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The arrival of December means ridiculous deals & great gift ideas, a mad rush to hit end of the year deadlines, and (thankfully) plenty of cheer & laughter. So, sit back and try to relax as we take you through this week’s news in another edition of the Spry Hive!

Gifts

Shopping for a designer or web specialist these holidays? Help them geek out with these brilliantly curated gifts.

Fancy bringing your feline anywhere you go? Check out these awesome cat packs that
lets your cat travel like an astronaut.

Tech

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Source = The Verge

Ever wonder how wifi signals make it from the router to the palm of your hands? Well, now you can see for yourself with this amazing app that visualizes your waves of wifi.

Web Design & Development

If you haven’t heard already, Adobe Flash Professional is getting a makeover in 2016 and will be reborn as Adobe Animated CC.

Sketch also made a major announcement this week. Mac users will now have to download and update the program directly from Sketch as they have pulled out of the Mac App Store.

Interface designers have been embracing a softer look and feel in their designs, and nowhere is it more evident than in these lovely examples from the 100 Days of UI Challenge. You can also download the UI kit to use on your next project.

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Source – It’s a Shape Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is merely mediocre without the joy of an advent calendar. Web professionals have more to choose from this year with 10 advent calendars for web designers and devs.

Hone your CSS Flexbox skills with a fun game, Flexbox Froggy.

Misc.

While they are still one of the world’s biggest polluters, China once again invested more money into Clean Energy than anyone else. That said, Bill Gates is evidently preparing to create a multi-billion dollar fund for Clean Energy here in the States.

Bike theft is no joke either, especially in Europe. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with would-be-thieves though.

Convict

Source = Exploding Kittens

The delivery might be cartoony and cute (in The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman’s typical style), but the problem is no laughing matter. Head over to Exploding Kittens to learn more about lowering the number of Kitty Convicts.

Speaking of convicts, US Marshals hopped on the Cyber Monday bandwagon with great deals on forfeited assets.


Hopefully this gave you a tidbit of knowledge, news, or laughter to share with your friends and family this weekend. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to grab another dose of the Spry Hive next Friday.

Drupal 8: It’s Here!

Posted by Julia Koelsch & filed under Drupal.

It’s been almost 5 years in the making. Over 3200 individuals contributed their time to update code and documentation. Today, we are thrilled to help celebrate the release of Drupal 8!

Why are we at Spry Digital so excited? We have been enthusiastic supporters and users of Drupal. Drupal is a powerful content management framework that allows us to craft websites and web apps.

New Features

With Drupal 8, many of the things we like about Drupal 7 have been improved upon, and there are plenty of new features to make creating sites with Drupal a great experience. Our development team has been meeting weekly to get up to speed on the changes in Drupal 8. Here are some of the new features we can’t wait to use:

Content Authoring

The content editing experience is much improved, with CKEditor included out-of-the-box, inline editing capabilities, better previews, easier multilingual configuration, more field types, and many more smaller improvements to make it easier to manage content.

Front End Development

Front end developers got a lot of attention with Drupal 8, mainly with the switch of the template engine to Twig. Creating creating rich, interactive experiences will be an easier and more pleasant experience!

Back End Development

There are many changes under the hood that will make back-end developers excited to use Drupal 8. The underlying architecture was completely rewritten, and now leverages the Symfony framework. This means that Drupal is now object-oriented, and can take advantage of other third party libraries since it structured more like other popular PHP frameworks.

Retiring of D6

With the release of Drupal 8 comes a date for the end of life for Drupal 6: February 24th, 2016. When Drupal 6 was released, it was a great step forward for Drupal, and included many compelling features for its time. But that was 2008, which is a very long time on the internet, and it’s time to let D6 retire. What does this mean for D6 sites? After February 24h, Drupal will no longer release security or maintenance updates. In order to maintain a secure site, we encourage you to look at upgrading to Drupal 7 or 8. Email us if you would like to determine how your existing Drupal site can be upgraded.

Reliability

The development effort for Drupal 8 also focused on stability and reliability, and many contributed modules have already been upgraded for Drupal 8. This means that the switch from using Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 will likely be swift.


We sincerely thank and congratulate all Drupal contributors, and look forward to all of the amazing things we will be able to do with Drupal 8!

Note: Join the St. Louis Drupal Users Group’s official launch party for Drupal 8 this Thursday night at Spry Digital!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 46

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

While commercials and retailers have turned their attention to the holidays that are just around the corner, this past week was all about honoring our veterans. No matter what we were tuned into, though, there’s always some news that happens to slip right past us. Don’t fret just yet because it’s finally Friday, which means another dose of the Spry Hive!

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is booming right now, and companies like Lytro are learning to capture the 360 degree experience in a new way with their innovative camera, the Immerge.

Leading the way for journalists, the New York Times has begun pushing the immersive experience to users with stories from around the world.

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Source = Veterans United Foundation

Virtual reality has helped our veterans experience the war memorials from the comfort of their homes.

Lastly, are you wanting to experience VR but not sure where to begin? Get a Google Cardboard then begin with the Vrse app. There’s a high-quality immersive VR experience for everybody, we assure you.

Web & Apps

If you aren’t following Jim Kenney, the next mayor of Philadelphia, then you’ve got some catching up to do because his Twitter game is top notch.

The app called Yik Yak became popular in colleges and high schools across the country thanks to its sense of anonymity, but students are quickly learning that their words aren’t so incognito.

Design

Enjoy reminiscing about retro game design? Take a look at Gameartlover on Tumblr.

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Source = Pantone Smoothies

Have even more fun picking your next brand’s colors with these pantone smoothies.

Development

The Goofus and Gallant characters had some choice words of wisdom for CSS users.

While we are all excited about the launch of Drupal 8, don’t forget to prepare for the end of Drupal 6.

We all encounter a uncaught exception from time to time. Next time you do, make sure you take a proper process dump using a tool like this Hapi plugin, Poop.

A headstone is the perfect place to leave a personal message for the world. Well, CommitStrip.com has come up with a list of epitaphs perfect for coders.

Misc.

Finding its way back to the big screen after twelve year, Pixar’s classic movie Finding Nemo is finally getting a sequel focused on Finding Dory.

Life can sometimes feel like a plane crashing down to Earth, but every once in awhile it’s good to take a step back and acknowledge that it’s going to be okay.


And like that, we have made our way through another week of news. Hopefully you found something entertaining or touching enough to share with your friends and family. As always, have the spryest of weekends and don’t forget to drop by next week for more!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 45

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Halloween may have been this past weekend, but that didn’t stop the working world. In fact, the holiday provided plenty of inspiration for designers, developers, and, of course, the internet. So, try not to fall out of your seats, and enjoy another week of the Spry Hive.

Tech

Superman isn’t the only one who can see through walls anymore, as developers at MIT have harnessed the superpower using wifi.

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Source = Naval Research Laboratory

Move aside, Glass. Furthering the legacy of Star Trek, Dr. Jas Sanghera has proven the feasibility of transparent aluminum.

Web & Apps

Step up your internet game with the ultimate Gif dance party.

If you’ve never heard of Basecamp, it’s about time to catch up. As of Nov. 3rd, Basecamp 3 is already available.

Have you been a fan of Snapchat’s sense of anonymity? Well, the company just reserved the rights to store your selfies.

Evidently, after luring customers into using OneDrive with unlimited storage, Microsoft has decided to drop the too good to be true offer, resetting the max limit at 1 Terabyte.

Design

Love the design of historic artifacts? Take a look at the Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers on Tumblr.

 

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Source = Go Monster Project

Acknowledging how creative our kids can be, the designers at Go Monster Project have created some stunning digital renditions of monster drawings from children.

Development

If you haven’t already heard, Drupal 8 will finally be released on November 19th! Join the celebration and find a release party near you.

Bring the weather to your users with Rain & Water Effects.

Interested in learning more about Apple’s cryptography?

Responsiveness is taking over the web, so be sure you keep up on all your CSS, jQuery, and JavaScript.

Front-end development has been, well… developing. So, what do we know now about the community?

Misc.

Watch out now, studies say your cat may want to kill you!

Space

Before NASA held another major press conference this week, the US Space agency put out an open call for the next generation of astronauts that will guide humanity to Mars.


So, as you can see, the holiday weekend did everything but hinder the week’s productivity. Hopefully you found something worth sharing with friends and family. Don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive!