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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 35

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“I write funny. If I can make my wife laugh, I know I’m on the right track.”
– Gene Wilder

Graphic Design

Thanks to these DIY resources, you don’t need to accrue a ton of student debt to get a design education.


Courtesy The Academy on Medium.

Courtesy The Academy on Medium.

The American Academy of Motion Picture & Sciences shares the design process behind seven iconic movie posters.


Content Strategy

18F has updated their content guidelines for Government projects, and its worth a look.


Web Design & Development

Pantsuit: The Hillary Clinton UI pattern library.

Pantsuit: The Hillary Clinton UI pattern library.

How do web designers achieve Hillary Clinton’s “I’m with her.” look? With the aptly named Pantsuit UI pattern library.


An article about building extensibility with HTML/CSS components.


Technology

You can now Google Cast to Hangouts directly from Chrome.


Watch a SpaceX rocket explode and take Facebook’s Internet.org satellite along with it.


Misc

EpiPen Tycoon

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch made waves last week with a multifold price hike of the company’s EpiPen product, while giving herself a size-able pay raise, and the Internet has responded with Epipen Tycoon, a brilliant exercise in corporate greed vs. public health.


QRATES helps recording artists with “vinyl as a service”. Only $15 per pressing.


In Memoriam

 

Gene Wilder captured our imagination with his portrayal of Willy Wonka and many other characters. The essence of Wilder’s style can be seen in this video essay of every comedic pause across his career.


 

Spry Hive will be back next week. Enjoy your long Labor Day weekend!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 13

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

Social media grabbed some headlines this week with a few exciting new announcements from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And after 13 years Fox announced the return of one of our favorite detective pairings — but do we have Netflix to thank? The answers to that and more in this week’s Spry Hive.

Social Media

At its annual F8 Developer Conference this week, Mark Zuckerberg announced that “Now Facebook is a family of apps” rather than a single service. The company announced a whole series of features and updates and introduced Messenger for Business, which could rival some of Twitter’s customer service capabilities.

This week Instagram announced it’s new collage feature called “Layout,” which takes the content on the app to another level. Users will now be able to combine as many as nine photographs together into one (thus for cat lovers, the sky’s the limit).

Twitter has always offered the ability for anonymity to run a bit rampant, and unfortunately that can open the door for abusive behavior. But the company is now taking steps which may bring that activity to an end with a new ‘quality filter’ which removes threats and abusive tweets.

Also on Twitter, Elon Musk recently tweeted that photos from a recent SpaceX mission would be made available for non-commercial use. One user then pressed him to go a bit further, and Musk obliged.

Tech

According to an Executive at Microsoft, they don’t have nearly the connectivity between their products that Google and Apple have engineered. That said, the company has a plan which it hopes will allow it to better compete.

Google likes to watch you watch TV. Users of Google’s TV service Fiber shouldn’t be entirely shocked, but the company gathers data based upon viewing behaviors and then serves targeted ads more likely to grab attention. If it creeps you out, you have to opt-out.

They say one of the keys of good UX is that you’ve got to design like “the user is drunk.” If you like, this guy will actually get drunk and do exactly that (for a fee).

GoPro is everywhere nowadays, hence it’s concept. But if you’re not filming an extreme sport, it can be awkward and difficult to hold steady by hand. CAMPanion provides a mounting which merges your phone or tablet to Gopro for your “less extreme” needs.

Most people are aware that devices capable of license plate scanning exist on our streets and highways. What you may not know is that depending upon municipality, they may also be available via public record.

If you’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to fly like a bird, a new simulator uses Oculus Rift to make that experience very real. Birdly provides a full-body simulation of flight, and the rig even uses a fan to simulate wind to put the experience over the top.

Development

We are excited for the imminent arrival of Drupal 8 for many reasons. The latest improvement to catch our attention: improved media management. Even kittens approve.

Another announcement at the F8 Developer Conference was the open-sourcing of Facebook’s React Native Framework, now available on Github. This framework may not end the debate between web vs native, but certainly provides another option in the ever-growing array of app development frameworks

If you learn by doing, Code4startup is an online resource that lets you clone and hack copies of real services you already use on the web in order to help you make something new. In addition, it also offers video services for instruction.

Misc

People who are colorblind live in a very different daily world than the rest of us. Now, thanks to specially developed glasses by EnChroma these videos are able to capture their reactions when they experience colors for the first time.

To raise awareness about internet censorship, the company Psiphon commissioned a paper poster series of various social media icons crafted from paper. While the point is well-taken, the visuals are rather enjoyable in themselves.

Just what separates “old Millennials” from “new Millennials?” The answer is an innumerable amount of things, but this list paints the picture in a very amusing and thoughtful manner.

Signaling that the truth is in fact still out there, this week Fox announced it is rebooting it’s hit series The X-Files. But as this article details, we may have Netflix to thank for it’s return.

The Netherlands-based designer Florian de Looij prides himself in trying to create a new form of GIF each day. What he’s been doing with these hypnotizing geometric GIFs is nothing short of amazing.


 

So, that’s a wrap on Week 13 and the month of March for us here at Spry Hive.  Let’s reconvene a week from now with a new month and a whole new slate of topics.