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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 2015: Week 22

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Even with the short week, it felt like a special treat making it back to Friday. From kitty DNA to yet another smart-watch, this shortened week provided plenty to gab about! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s Spry Hive!

Tech

By now, we all know that the world loves just about everything about cats. Well, KittyBiome loves cats so much that they want you to send them your cat’s poop! Using the latest technology in DNA sequencing, the company wants to help develop new technologies, medicines, and practices that will make every cat happy by creating a library of feline DNA & microbial diversity.

Ever since the second edition of their product released, which features the extraordinarily unpopular DRM technology, Keurig Green Mountain has had a lot of trouble selling their machines. Consumers have once again shown that they will not financially support technology that limits their purchasing power, sending Keurig’s sales plummeting almost 25% during the first quarter of 2015.

Source = The Verge

Watch out Apple, Olio Devices is coming for you! Created by former developers from Apple, NASA, and Pixar, this new smart-watch is compatible with both iOS & Android and sports the most stylish and customizable design on the market.

Design

Designers beware! Your list of critics just got a little larger and a lot closer to home. From the creators of The User is Drunk, where your site’s design is critiqued through the eyes of a well-lubricated developer, The User is My Mom pits your site against the senses of those who are far from tech savvy.

Source = easier.cc

Having to save and upload your files every time you want to share a file from Sketch is both obnoxious and tiresome. Thankfully, Sketch users can now easily share their artboards with the simplicity of sharing a URL using the new plugin EasyShare.

If you are a regular around Spry Hive, you probably noticed that we have been posting about and discussing Atomic Design with increasing frequency. For those who are unfamiliar with the process’ concepts, Brad Frost is covering the ins & outs of Atomic Design’s methodology & maintenance.

Development

The developers at Facebook have been hard at work releasing a virtual machine called HHVM to use with their custom programming language Hack. Hack is a programming language that integrates seamlessly with PHP. What’s important, though, is that the language also includes type annotations, generics, collections, and lambdas, all of which PHP lacks.

Misc.

Source = TechCrunc

This past week, some new data on female entrepreneurship was finally released. Evidently, the number of startups with at least one female founder has basically doubled since 2009!

Anybody that has visited or lives in St. Louis knows that the city isn’t lacking when it comes to bars and bar patrons. If you’re looking for anything from a brewery or sports bar to a restaurant or a place to find live, local music, the St. Louis area has you covered. This past week, Esquire Magazine named St. Louis the ‘Bar City’ of the year.


So, whether it’s a new found urge to tour this year’s ‘Bar City’, send someone your cat’s poop, or even just learn Atomic Design, we can all find something to take away from this past week. We hope you can make it back next week and wish you the spryest of weekends!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 42

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

Hello, one and all, and great to see you here for another week of Spry Hive. WEEK 42! If you happened to pick up on that immediately, then just know that you’re one of us.

Speaking of “us”, we’d like to begin by welcoming three new members to the Spry team. Take a brief moment to meet Keith, Ben, and Felix and learn about some of the charms and talents they’re bringing to our family.

Then without further ado, onto what has us buzzing this week…

Tech

This week brought news of concern to many internet users, and outright terror to the estimated twenty or so Internet Explorer users worldwide when Poodlebleed gnashed it’s sharp little teeth. Good news is, this exploit really only occurs when using public WiFi, and will be a non-issue for current versions of Chrome and Firefox soon. So the bottom line (and a good practice in general) is be sure to keep your browsers up to date.

So, whose priorities come first – the employer or the egg? With Apple and Facebook’s announcements that they will soon pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, many are wondering just that. Is this a progressive and caring gesture, or a thinly-veiled attempt to encourage women to work further into their childbearing years? We do know that Apple and Facebook are publicly-traded companies, whose primary goal is to create revenue and keep all of their shareholders happy. We’ll go ahead and just leave that over here for you, and we’ll shuffle along.

With the observation of Ada Lovelace Day this week, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “How much do I really know about women in science?” Additionally, if you read her name and immediately thought that was in reference to an adult film star, then you really need to take this quiz to check your knowledge on the topic. Interesting fact: The inspiration for the day in her name actually came from a study which found that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male role models.

Libations

Pirates and the coffee trade have been linked together for centuries. To this day you can hardly get out of the door at a Starbucks without some heathen trying to infringe upon your booty. Now Keurig is trying to take the wind out of the sails of companies who offer what they consider to be “pirate” coffee pods. Unfortunately at the end of the day it’s seems to be the consumers who are getting caught in the middle.

Staying on the Keurig Planet, a St. Louis startup recently won a $100,000 investment for creating what is being called the “Keurig of the beer industry.” For years, the oppressed beer drinker has been forced to make in-store decisions, often leading to the dreaded “beer remorse.” The Synek Draft System seeks to change that, offering the ability to drink any beer at any time. Didn’t we all have a college roommate who threatened to make this dream a reality about a hundred or so times?

Android

If you’re an Android user you’re gonna be a real sucker for the new 5.0 version called Lollipop. It of course includes a fresh new look, along with improved performance. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t single out the “Always Listening” concept, which ensures you have your device’s attention at all times and ability to issue commands even when the screen is off. With that we’ll be the first to say,“Okay, Google,” you done well.

SOURCE: imore.com

Apple

Surprise! Apple has released OS X Yosemite today and it’s the first big update to the OS that’s supposed to bring the Mac and iPhone user experience together. You’ll be able to move your work from one to the other, and get new dictation commands that allow you to control your Mac with only a few words. Read-up here for a more thorough overview.

Development

This week, a few nice quick-takes for you:

First, a smart new take on the select element in mobile. We think this article outlines the evolving approach rather well.

Blend Modes, masks, and clipping paths are all part of some great new cutting-edge CSS Features worth sharing.  As CSS continues to evolve, these can make some great additions to your toolkit.

We can’t get enough of gifs. And it always seems like someone is coming up with new ways to to use them. Well, here’s a new way to make them using video clips from your phone.


So that just about puts a bow on things for Week 42. Same time, same place next week and we’ll do it all over again.