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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 32

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.”
– Pierre de Coubertin

User Experience

Help your human audience succeed with these eight psychology tips that can improve your designs.


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John Saito from Dropbox explains perspective in interface design in his article Is this my interface or yours?


A solid overview of what companies are testing when they conduct A/B tests.


Graphic Design

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Olympic logos are often the source of design controversy, so we were gleeful to see Milton Glaser rate every Olympic logo design in history.


Web Design & Development

WooCommerce is a popular ecommerce solution for WordPress, but the lack of a POS option left some stores needing more. Well, WooCommerce has just announced that it will now accept Square payments, allowing retailers to accept purchases from anywhere.


Site performance is affected by numerous factors, including image optimization, code structure and bloat. Many believe that a content delivery network (CDN) can help improve the performance of your site, but it’s not a silver bullet.


The scalable vector graphic (SVG) has numerous advantages over the traditional PNG or JPG. Chris Coyier drops science of how to correctly treat SVGs for resizing and placement.


Misc

The father of the World Wide Web is working on something that could transform the way we interact and share private data on the Internet. Help us TBL, you’re our only hope.


 

A new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has surfaced and it does not disappoint. If you like your movie trailers overly analyzed, check out Wired’s take on it.


Thanks Obama – for the Summer playlist, that is. The White House has shared a Spotify playlist featuring favorite jams from the POTUS himself, so our source in D.C. says.


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The latest drone footage of Apple’s Campus 2 revealing the scale of the project simply boggles the mind. Our favorite features include the foam formed underground parking structure, the combination solar and fuel cell energy source powering the entire campus, and the security kiosk shaped like a late model Macbook.


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

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 6

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Between a thrilling Harry Potter announcement and various other updates and breakthroughs, the sixth week of 2016 produced plenty to talk about. So, without further adieu, here’s your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

The Web

POTUS has a difficult job that requires thoughtful consideration about a variety of issues. One of those issues is now password security.

Most people know Yeezy has plenty of absurdly hilarious quotes out there. Well, put them to good use by bombarding your friends with Kanye Text.

Design

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In their attempt to propel us into the future, NASA has recently released three absolutely stunning posters dedicated to space travel.

Apps

Instagram’s latest update on iOS and Android finally allows users to switch between accounts without logging in and out.

Mac users will be delighted to hear that you can now use virtual reality to view your desktop.

Web Development & Design

You can never have enough music for when you’re coding, so don’t miss out on this playlist curated for programmers.

Tired of the same old Lorem Ipsum when developing your websites? Switch over to Post Rationalism Ipsum!

While vector editing tools have been a cornerstone of digital design for over two decades now, the company Figma felt that the mechanisms behind creating and editing vectors were becoming archaic. That’s when they came up with Vector Networks.

Building a truly beautiful email has never been easy, especially when trying to make it responsive too. MJML took up the challenge, though, and just made responsive emails easy.

When it comes to image manipulation, Una Kravets explains how CSS’ lack of per-channel manipulation really holds it back alongside how one uses SVG to truly gain control over color.

Misc.

The Star Wars themed dance album you never knew you were waiting for, featuring Rick Rubin, Flying Lotus, and many others, has been officially sanctioned by the brand’s owners.

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Harry Potter fans were ecstatic this week as the world-renowned author J.K. Rowling announced the release date of an 8th book, The Cursed Child.

The scientific community was probably the only group of people happier than Harry Potter fans this week. For the first time ever, scientists with the Ligo Collaboration have found proof of gravitational waves.


With the conclusion of this week’s Spry Hive, we all have plenty of reasons to be excited about the future. Don’t forget to stop by next week for more!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 27

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Once again, with a summer holiday falling on a Saturday, we all find ourselves working for the weekend. Eyes fixated on the clock, counting every minute between you and the fireworks, it’s no wonder we didn’t hear about Chicago’s “amusement tax” or everything swirling around net neutrality! Thankfully, Spry Hive is here to fill you in, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s news.

Web

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The world’s eyes were fixated on Greece this week as the government finally defaulted on its loans. After banks closed their doors to the public, the country’s citizens have turned to Bitcoin to protect their savings and Indiegogo to save their country.

Hosting well over a billion users, there is little surprise in the fact that Facebook is being used for malicious purposes. As blogger Fioravante Souza points out, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself from such attacks.

In an attempt to increase city revenue, the Chicago Department of Finance has announced a 9% “amusement tax” for online streaming services. The unprecedented move is expected to rake in about $12 million annually, affecting the subscribers of popular services like Spotify and Netflix.

Digital Age Issues

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With the entrance of the Digital Age, governments and their citizens around the world have been trying to figure out how solve the new issues that follow technological progress.  Weeks after the US Senate passed the USA Freedom Act, essentially abolishing mass collections of phone data, the word on the streets is that the secret FISA court has ruled that the NSA is allowed 6 more months of bulk phone surveillance.

On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the European Union is attempting to deceivingly implement internet fast lanes. Essentially claiming that their fast lanes are specialized services and not ‘the internet’, a public utility, the officials are obviously trying to convolute the discussion of net neutrality.

While the United States was using secret courts and the EU was hiding behind redefined language, Britain’s David Cameron came out loud and clear about his stance on data encryption. Citing national security and fears of terrorism, Cameron has been fighting hard to outlaw encryption all together.

Development

This past week a member of our team shared an aging yet riveting list from Scott Murray. A fellow developer and blogger, Murray has compiled a group of almost 20 blogs, guiding programmers on how to use their coding skills to create art.

Our development team has been leveraging Sass Maps lately for defining groups of related styles. There are many uses for Sass Maps, from defining groups of related colors, to handling repetitive declarations. Smashing Magazine recently published a helpful article on how to manage font sizes with Sass maps.

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Ever wonder how FourSquare is able to get its users the right notification at the right time and place? Well, their development team has released the secrets to their location technologies and shows you what the world looks like to smartphones.

Are you getting bogged down or distraught over the process of accessibility testing? Well, thank the team at Khan Academy for releasing the toolkit called tota11y that is attempting to simplify the process and educate developers along the way.

Misc.

Securing more than 4.6 million subscribers, Adobe’s Creative Cloud service has inevitably made some enemies over the past few years. Rami James, a UI/UX and web designer, is undeniably a part of that list following his blog post extensively denouncing Adobe’s subscription based program.

In case you haven’t heard, there will be another movie about the late Steve Jobs. This time around, the film is being written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, and Ashton Kutcher is nowhere to be found. For those interested, the official trailer was released on July 2nd.

In a day that saw his house taken over by white tents and black suits, popular comedian and podcaster Marc Maron had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing President Barack Obama. While last week was commanded by all the talk about decisions made by SCOTUS, we all finally have the time to sit down and enjoy the podcast featuring POTUS.


And just like that, we are all caught up on this week’s news, having once again enjoyed the tales of a net neutrality, Bitcoin, Drupal development, and more. From everyone here at the office, we hope you have a safe and spry 4th of July weekend.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 49

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

Hey everybody. It’s Friday, and that means it’s time to wrap up the week with some fun and knowledge. As usual there’s a little something for everyone, so let’s scroll on.

Tech

We have to admit when we first heard about TGI Fridays deploying “mistletoe drones” we truly thought it was an article from The Onion. Then once confirmed, we figured, “What could possibly go wrong?” By now, we all know the answer is plenty, with this experiment both beginning and ending with someone getting cut in the face.

Ninebot has an attention-grabbing design which looks a bit like something from the new Star Wars movie as opposed to real life transport. Billed as a “fashionable personal transportation tool,” this cute little speedy one-wheeler certainly grabs your eye. There is also something undeniably entertaining about a person moving at high speeds without doing anything with their limbs.

If you use two-factor authentication for your Apple account, be sure to print-out (yes – print) your recovery key and put it in a safe place. This person’s recent horror story is enough to grab our attention.

We applaud Microsoft for taking a stance in regards to international data protection laws and global jurisdiction. They’ve recently spoken out against the US Justice Department’s position that it should have the ability to search its overseas servers with a valid US warrant. You can find the rest of the details in this article.

Web

We wrote a piece about password managers a few months back. Managing passwords is truly an ongoing First World Problem. The more pervasive technology gets, the more passwords we need, and the stronger each of them needs to be. Thanks to the FIDO alliance however, we may be getting a step closer to killing the password.

This one should sting a little. A new graphic shows just how much time we as humans have invested collectively in the viewing of the internet hit Gangnam Style, and what achievements could have been made in place of all that time. We believe we speak collectively when we say simply, “[Sigh].”

Apps

WALTR is the only Mac app that uploads MKV & FLAC files directly to iPhone/iPad for Native Playback. Have a look at it here. Now it’s even easier to NOT play those files you did NOT download from Pirate Bay.

Development

If you have experience working with Git, you probably have needed to “branch out” beyond your normal workflow to deal with an unusual situation. No need to panic, because Emma Jane Westby has written a great article on Dealing with Emergencies in Git.

We now have our first Presidential developer. This week President Obama sat down with some students who were learning the fundamentals of JavaScript. Wondering what his first line of code was? Take a look.

Misc

If you’d like to test your geographic recognition skills here’s an enjoyable and (warning!) highly-addictive game called The View From Above, in which you’re supposed to select the correct locale from the satellite image from around the world.

A quick note that if you haven’t seen NPR’s Guide to 2014’s Great Reads it’s really worth a look.

And as we’re getting into the holidays, how about a nice rendition of “Make it so – Let it Snow” by Captain Picard


So that concludes our edition for this week. With many of you soon taking some time away from the office we want to wish you a very safe and happy holiday season.