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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 33

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“My opinion is it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars.”
– Elon Musk

Web Design & Development

Chris Coyier decided to jot down what goes through his head when examining a website. Good items to think about when building your next website.


Microsoft and An Event Apart are teaming up for another 10k Apart, a contest for web designers and developers to create ultra lean, compelling experiences that are under 10 kilobytes in size and don’t use JavaScript. Did we mention there are awards?


Dan Mall, former design director at Happy Cog and technical editor at A List Apart, shares his design trade secrets.


When PHP attacks:


Also found on Twitter… The importance of code reviews:


More emails are opened on mobile devices and that number is growing. Here is a great list of lessons learned from building responsive emails.


Still exploring what you can do with scalable vector graphics (SVG)? Well, learn what’s new with SVG 2.


If you prefer your sites on the static side, then you’re probably familiar with Jekyll. If you’d like to try the new Jekyll Admin before its release next week, they’re looking for early user feedback.


Misc

Twitter has some new features that allow you to better control your experience.


Uber Driverless Car

Courtesy Foo Conner / Flickr via Motherboard

Uber will begin transporting customers around with driverless cars starting this month in Pittsburgh.


After years of financial troubles and its share of controversy, Gawker will end operations come next week.


NASA is making 861 research papers available for free as part of their new PubSpace database. While you can expect the number of NASA-funded articles published to PubSpace to increase over time, the space agency will not be releasing all of their research. Exempt are materials governed by personal privacy, proprietary, or security laws.


Kick your legs up at the pool, beach or backyard and enjoy a lazy summer weekend with the Spry Hive. See you next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 29

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“One person’s data is another person’s noise.”
– K.C. Cole


Pooper is for when you can’t be bothered to do the dirty work of picking up after your dog.


Bond-villain-in-training Elon Musk has revealed part deux of his plan for Tesla. If anybody can successfully make the leap from idea to concept to large production manufacturer, he can.


Meet Graham

Hello there, handsome. Graham is a human designed to demonstrate the fragility of humans in front impact crashes.


Noisli provides just the right mix of ambient noises, whether you are looking to relax or for a productivity boost.


This comic from NewScientist just might be a commentary on how we relate to others during a political season:

Angry Particle in

Courtesy NewScientist


Birkenstock is quitting Amazon after a huge surge of counterfeit products were found on the website.


Will dating join the on-demand economy? The Ohlala app allows women to charge for dating services. If you think that might be blurring the line a bit with the oldest profession, then you should definitely read on…


Apple has made many great ads, but this one speaks to our hearts and why we do what we do:


As designers of systems, we are fond of good transit maps. In this article, a brave soul takes on Google and Apple to see if their transit maps can be improved upon. Hint: it’s not easy.


This Kickstarterer wants to build a hotel with a purpose.


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

Dispatches From The Spry Hive: Week 23

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
– Muhammad Ali

Around Spry

If you work in the nonprofit world you won’t want to miss the Gateway Conference on Philanthropy, happening Aug 31 at the St. Charles Convention Center. This event, put on by the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will feature a keynote by Strange Donuts and Strange Cares co-founder Jason Bockman, and a talk by Spry Digital co-founder Sheila Burkett. Spry Digital will also be introducing our nonprofit solution OpenDonorCRM, a hosted website and donor/member management solution for nonprofits.

Design

If you love typography like we do, you’ll want to add this poster featuring the anatomy of type to your wishlist.

Web Design & Development

If you like Sketch but have been frustrated by their upgrade paths, they’ve listened and will moving towards a license fee model.

For many, creating responsive websites means creating a lot of overhead. Ethan Marcotte talks about simplifying the process in his talk “Laziness in the time of Responsive Web Design” for An Event Apart.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 5.31.36 PM

Courtesy: Browser Calories

Does your website need to be on a diet? [Browser Calories]

Color contrast testing is an important aspect of web design but has remained largely subjective. This article explains how to use your browser’s inspect tools to determine actual contrast ratios.

Drag and drop selectors are coming to CSS4.

Always be learning with these web design podcasts.

Misc

How an overfed fish and a one star Yelp review led to 1M lawsuit.

Courtesy: Data DUO Kickstarter

For those that like making spaced out sounds on a synthesizer but feel it’s a bit of a loner activity, we bring you the Data DUO, a synth for two.

There is 1.2 billion dollars loaded onto Starbucks cards. That is a lot of coffee, friends.

Who says that a liberal arts degree isn’t useful? This author shares how reading and other creative endeavors can make you a better coder.

In Memoriam

This week we saw the passing of a giant. Muhammad Ali touched so many lives and people from all faiths and nations, but perhaps none more than his personal penpal of more than 30 years.

Enjoy this collection of our favorite gifs from the larger-than-life man:

Muhammad Ali was finally laid to rest in his home state of Kentucky with more than 100,000 fans in attendance.


More from the Spry Hive next week. Until then, float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

Spry Digital Launches New Drupal Website For MSD

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Case Studies.

Metropolitan Sewer District serves 1.3 million customers inhabiting 525 square miles of the Greater St. Louis area. It provides a multitude of services such as sewer maintenance and collection, floodwater control, monitoring of industrial waste, engineering design, construction of sewer lines, plan review and approvals, and issuance of building and connection permits.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Screen

Drupal 7 Content Management System

With so many service facets and types of customers, MSD needed more than just a website. They required an operational hub which would allow them to educate and service customers, interact with suppliers and expedite bidding opportunities. Also, as a public entity MSD is required to make thousands of documents, ordinances and pieces of information readily accessible to the public on demand.

Spry Digital partnered with Falk Harrison to provide MSD with a powerful website built on Drupal 7. Falk Harrison handled the design and content architecture of the site and Spry Digital assisted with content strategy, user experience and the front-end and Drupal development.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Case Study

MSD Responsive Website

To allow multiple team members in various departments to publish content, Spry Digital set up a publishing workflow within Drupal that allows a central administrator to approve content. With such an important function of the site to serve up decades’-worth of documents, Spry Digital implemented Apache Solr to provide deep searching within PDF documents. Reporting provides MSD staff insights as to which vendors are downloading bidding opportunities. Finally, Spry Digital provided training for approximately fifty MSD employees on how to utilize the site.

The Spry Digital team smoothly handled transitioning the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s website to the user-friendly Drupal platform. Since the website redevelopment, we have been able to accomplish many changes and additions to the site, without the aid of additional support. That provides much more flexibility and control than our previous site. The Spry Digital team also performs maintenance, updates, website hosting, and cheerful tech support, making website management the easiest part of my job.

Crystal Howard
Public Information Representative, MSD

Since the launch of their new website, MSD has expressed the ease-of-use of the platform, finding Drupal an intuitive system to add, edit and manage content.