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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 27

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.”
– Plato

Branding

Open source champions Mozilla are applying their own open source principles towards the design of their new identity.

Web Design & Development

randoma11y is an automatic color generator that tests and learns from users’ feedback.

Working with a small budget doesn’t mean that you can’t do good design. It just means you should work smarter.

Bootstrap 4

Courtesy: @Bootply – Medium

Here’s a visual companion to what’s new in Bootstrap 4. Items to note are the increased emphasis on panel/card UI and an overhauled grid system.

Snyk scans your GitHub repos for vulnerabilities in your apps, and its now out of beta.

A few cases for why you shouldn’t overlook vertical media queries.

Technology

Sometimes indifference or just plain laziness inspires some inventive technology, like this script that informs you when you need to pay attention during a phone conference.

Google has begun testing its quantum computing-era crypto in a select number of Chrome browsers. Talk about being ahead of the curve.

Apple has been awarded a patent for an infrared signal disabling an iPhone’s camera, presumably to prevent concert-goers the ability to record and disrupt neighboring fans experience. We are concerned about more potentially egregious uses of the technology.

Ever wonder how many degrees of separation there are between Mott the Hoople and N.W.A.? We did, thanks to the Six Degrees Of Music Separation app, and the answer is 2!

MISC

Jupiter

Courtesy: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Youtube

Juno has safely arrived to Jupiter’s upper atmosphere after some slick maneuvering by NASA engineers and it’s catching some interesting movements of Jupiter’s Galilean moons.

 

Ain’t no clap like a VIKING CLAP. This is how Iceland welcomed home their soccer team that made it to the quarter-finals of the European Championships.


Hope that you all had a restful Fourth of July. See you next week for some more Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 26

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”
– Louis D. Brandeis

Around Spry

Thursday night, Spry Digital co-founder Sheila Burkett joined Dr. Barbara Gault of IWPR and Carissa Figgins of The Sparrow’s Nest on a panel discussion about empowering women economically. The event was hosted by KWMU and The Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis. The full house enjoyed an enlightening discussion on the ways that women’s economic situations can be improved, which ranged from accessible education to public transportation.

To find out where your state ranks for a range of women’s issues, check out Status of Women In The States.

Web Design & Development

Create a beautiful approach to type on your next project with Type Anything.

A Single Div

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What can you draw from a single div element and a little CSS? Lynn Fisher provides many creative examples.

This tutorial for React Router is good for anybody new or looking to level up with React, Facebook’s JavaScript library for creating functional UIs.

Developers and power users love the command line for efficiency. If this describes you, you’ll enjoy this huge set of command line commands for the automatization of your Mac.

Misc

Get on the latest Vine craze that is fast-talking auctioneers mixed with hip hop beats.

These new headphones by B&O (Bang Olufson) are chock full of neat tech and sound amazing, so we hear.

Google Calendar went down and thus the world came to an end for about two hours Thursday morning.

Also on the G-tip, Google+ turned five this week with little fanfare.

Soylent

Courtesy: Quartz

If you’re curious about trying Soylent, here’s a short list of things it tastes like. We think pancake batter deserves to be on this list.

A movie about Tetris is coming, and if you are wondering what a cinematic telling of Tetris can possibly entail, you may be even more gobsmacked to hear that it’s planned as a trilogy!


Have a wonderful and safe holiday as you celebrate America’s birthday!

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.

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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.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 22

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“As you ramble on through life, Brother,
Whatever be your goal,
Keep your eye upon the doughnut,
And not upon the hole.”
– Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Around Spry

Spry Digital Partner Sheila Burkett is fresh back from her trip to the West where she led training sessions at this year’s CiviCon Conference, the national meetup for the CiviCRM community. Taking place in Fort Collins, Colorado, Sheila had a chance to teach users and developers how to use CiviCRM and met many of the contributors behind the open source constituent management platform. Spry Digital is proud to be marketing partners of CiviCRM, and are excited to see where this software for nonprofits is going!

Design

We’re on a never-ending quest for the lovely typefaces to use on projects. That’s why we enjoy the type tester/font marketplace known as FONTPATH.

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Courtesy create.adobe.com

In the latest Take 10 series by Adobe, designer Joshua Davis takes on the challenge of using 10 stock images to represent the word “weightless”, and the result is dreamy.

It’s official. This is the world’s ugliest color and it’s being used on cigarette packs in Australia to deter smoking.

CMS News

It’s hard for us to believe, but two years on and “Drupalgeddon” still remains one of the most popular vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit Drupal websites. Some will never learn.

Accessibility

Designing accessible websites for every user is important, even for those with dementia.

Web Design & Development

If you design or build websites for a living, you’ve probably scratched your head about the best way to make responsive product comparison tables. Dave Rupert shares his thoughts that the best solution is one that uses different patterns for different content.

We’re constantly amazed with what you can do with SVGs. Here are some fun distorted button effects that you can try on a project.

Glassy Films

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Sometimes we just like to share other websites that make us happy. The Glassy Films website makes nice use of a double drawer navigation.

Misc

In case you live under a rock, it’s National Doughnut (Donut) Day! So enjoy a fried ring of doughy deliciousness today.

Kanye West has written some of the most memorable rhymes in hip hop. Now you can go back-and-forth with a Kanye Chatbot on Facebook messenger (with mixed results).

It’s time for everybody’s favorite chat tool Slack to get physical.

We just had to share these cute geeky zines by Bubble Sort.

Chick-fil-A’s teaches us all that to be a top mobile app, you just need to give away a sandwich.

If you live in St. Louis, you’ve gotten accustomed to a closed riverfront during major renovations to the Gateway Arch park grounds. This week, the riverfront reopened in spectacular fashion with a picnic at a rather lengthy community table.


Spry Hive out. Enjoy your weekend and see you next Friday!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 20

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.” – Marcel Duchamp

Around Spry

If you’re in the St. Louis area, make your way over the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End to experience their latest exhibit: Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares: Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp. Members of Spry hit the opening Thursday night, where artist Tom Hackney described his paintings as representing the chess moves in matches between Marcel Duchamp and notable opponents.

Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares: Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp.

Courtesy: World Chess Hall of Fame

Design

Fonts.com surveys their lovely typography-driven mastheads, designed by internal and famous guest designers.

The designer’s struggle is real. [Lorem F# Ipsum]

An article about finding the visual center of designs.

User Experience Design

Brushing up on your UX? Here are the Top 10 User Experience Articles for May.

Web Design & Development

Straight from WordCamp St. Louis, Ryan Markel shares why and how you should do a code review on your WordPress projects.

New to Drupal 8? These Drupal 8 Activity Cards are a good place to start.

Courtesy: jensimmons.com

Jen Simmons wants to help web designers break out of the boxes so common in grid-based design. So, she has launched this site that hosts some of her experiments with web layouts.

In the latest RWD podcast, the team from Vox Media discusses their approach for the responsive redesign of the Curbed website.

The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project continues to gain traction, and will continue to do so, especially with this tool that converts all of your articles to AMP.

Misc

We were hyped to see this new teaser trailer for Twin Peaks Season 3.

This three part series by Girls Who Code skewers stereotypes about women in tech.

WSJ shows the difference between political affiliations in this social media aggregator.

 

Google ups the ante for desirable VR tech with the Tilt Brush.


See you next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 18

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale

Around Spry

Last Thursday night, Spry Digital hosted the monthly DevOps Meetup, where Andrew Lather led a discussion titled “Zero to SLDC”, which was about how to quickly stand up a systems development life cycle. If that sounds up your alley and you’d like to learn more about future events, join the DevOpsSTL group at Meetup.com.

Design

Courtesy U-Haul

The American Stove Company-Magic Chef Building in St. Louis has long been hiding one of the most stunning architectural treasures in the city, a 1940s era plaster and glass ceiling designed by artist Isamu Noguchi, that was unfortunately covered in drop ceiling in 1977. Now, building owners U-Haul have decided to restore it back to its former glory.

In branding, the most important thing you can do is establish a consistent brand everywhere. Brand.ai will assist you in creating a hosted style guide on the fly from your existing website.

Image courtesy of Medium.

Is there such a thing as too many typefaces on a project? If it’s a beautiful design, does it matter? This article makes the argument that it does not.

Web Design & Development

Keyword research tools like Google Keyword Tool have long been the key to building successful content plans and paid campaigns. Now online marketing company Moz has announced it is rolling out its own keyword research tool.

target=”_blank”. This seemingly benign piece of code may also be one of the most overlooked security vulnerabilities if you don’t give it a little attention.

Test your credit card forms with ease with the Dummy Credit Card Generator.

Our sides are still hurting after taking this developer test for cable network Adult Swim.

Misc

A team of researchers at the University of Sweden is trying to help humans understand the nuances of cat speak, coined by the team as “Meowsic”.

Enjoy the fiery demise of the Death Star in your backyard with this custom made fire pit.

Image courtesy of Trump Against Humanity.

It has come to this. [Trump Against Humanity]

If you’re the kind of person who thinks that you can never have too many friends, well you’d be wrong.

Being a bear in Yellowstone isn’t easy. But at least the scenery is nice.

For Mothers Day, here are some adorable pups and their loving mums.


Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms of humans and furry creatures! See you for next week’s Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 16

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

This week we were excited to host the Girls on the Run St. Louis Pacesetters group, where Partner Sheila Burkett led a discussion on intentional decision making and how to make decisions that you can stand behind.

Thursday we also attended the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference put on by University of Missouri St. Louis’ Digital Marketing program. The event was hosted at the beautiful Union Station, and included speakers from Google, Buzzfeed, Pandora and eHarmony. The theme was disruption through innovation, and we attended many good sessions about how these companies are using big data and innovative, human-centric marketing to engage their customers.

Mark May 3rd on your calendar and get ready to participate in one of the largest days of fundraising for nonprofits in the St. Louis Area! Spry Digital has a number of clients and friends participating in this year’s Give STL Day, so be on the lookout for more information on the different ways to give back to our community.

Design

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Are you a fan of all things design and Star Wars? Get ready to geek out over these gorgeous, laser-engraved skateboards inspired by a galaxy far, far away.

Content Strategy

Head over to 18F to find an effective strategy for auditing old or testing new content for your website.

It’s really easy to waste time developing content without a clear plan of action. That’s why it’s important to recognize the many disciplines of content strategy, specifically content engineering.

Web Design & Development

The difference between a successful and failed mobile user experience can be a matter of seconds, so learn how to speed up your load times with course title Wicked Fast Websites by Go Make Things.

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Sometimes, for the sake of your own sanity, all you can do is laugh after running into a horrendous user interface online. These hilariously bad phone number web forms act as a prime example.

Misc.

The best solution for increasing productivity isn’t always to reduce stress. In some circumstances, you might not be stressed enough.

Dig into the histories and thought-patterns that led to the computer sciences becoming so male-dominant with Born For It by Martin Fowler.

While photoshop has plenty of professional applications, let not forget that the real reason the program exists is for hilariously imaginative Photoshop battles.

Turn your ‘French’ and buzzwords into an avenue of giving on Slack. Become a ‘Slacktivist’ and install SwearJar today!

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As if the followers and members of pop music culture hadn’t been through enough in 2016, the disheartening news broke this past Thursday that superstar Prince (57) had passed away.


That’s it for the Spry Hive this week. Enjoy the last weekend of April and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 15

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

This week opened with an addition to our creative team, Jay Yerxa. Jay is Spry Digital’s new Sr. Digital Art Director. Warm welcome, Jay!

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The rest of the week was filled with celebration as Spry Digital turned 6 years old! On Wednesday, our festivities took us to the ever-delicious Clementine’s Creamery. Above you can see part of the team after indulging in a little too much ice cream!

Web Design & Development

Laugh in the face of your web development & programming woes with these brilliantly hilarious coding inspired captions paired with classical paintings.

Discover why all client questions, both the commonly easy and challenging ones, are as much a part of UX/UI as user testing itself in Orr Shtuhl’s “Looking for ‘Trouble’” on A List Apart.


Faster image loading and responsive preview are just two of many new features in WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”, which is now available and named after jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.

Learn all there is to know about content quality audits and how they can rejuvenate your website with Content Strategy Inc.

Continue indulging in web design topics with the Top 10 Web Design Readings for April 2016 by Mybridge Design.

Misc.

Discussing & keeping track of individual topics in Slack just got a whole lot easier as the company announced that they are bringing threaded messaging to the application.

Find the solutions to your design problems as Bloomberg has brought together 25 original thinkers in The Design Issue 2016.

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Microsoft is officially joining Apple in the fight against the government secretly accessing citizen’s emails, suing the U.S. Department of Justice.

Check out the data behind about 2000 screenplay scripts and uncover what it means about the current state of film.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good 404 page or people who are able to laugh at themselves? Well, you’ll find both when you can’t find what you’re looking for on Hillary Clinton’s website.


That wraps up the news of the week. Don’t forget to stop by next week for more from the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 13

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

0This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This week we hosted the St. Louis Drupal Users group for the first of many planning meetings for 2016 Drupal Camp St. Louis. Keep your eyes peeled here for more information about the event that will be happening this Fall. To get involved, visit the DrupalSTL Meetup Page.

Members of Spry will be representing the Drupal Association at the PHPTek Conference from May 23-27, so make sure you visit us at the Drupal table in-between the excellent sessions scheduled throughout the week.

Web Design & Development

Ensure that the website you’re designing meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines with these helpful tips.

The Spry team is a fan of Zurb’s Foundation tools as we’ve discussed previously. This week, we had the opportunity to hear from the Zurb team and ask them questions about their products in the form of an AMA.

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Rep your favorite brands in programming and development tools with three free dev stickers.

Developers can sign-up for the Safari Technology Preview to get early glimpses into future browser and Webkit application releases.

To much applause, Microsoft has announced that Bash, the Linux command line, is finally coming to Windows.

Misc.

The FBI officially dropped their headline case against Apple. Now the tables have turned, as Apple is demanding that the agency reveals how they hacked the San Bernardino iPhone.

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Find out how Google caused a panic among users with this year’s April Fools Day joke, Google Mic Drop (that’s already been disabled).

Just when you thought Microsoft had learned its lesson after last week’s gaff with their Twitter AI, Tay, the company once again had to shut off the A.I. after it got stuck talking to itself.

There’s no excuse not to make your photos look great, as Google has announced that their photo editing software, the seven plugin Nik Collection, is now free.

Dig into the roots and legacy of the blues at the grand opening of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis this weekend.


 

Stay safe out there during the rest of April Fools Day and don’t forget to stop by next week for more Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 12

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

This week we hosted St. Louis DevOps monthly meetup. The topic (presented by Spry partner Julia Koelsch) was Ansible. If you want to get in on this meetup, you can join the group here.

The Web & Apps

Compare and shop for TV, internet, and phone services, starting with Comcast, in the new Amazon Cable Store.

For the time-crunched bookworms out there, check out Serial Reader, a new iOS app with huge educational potential, that serves up bits and pieces of classic literature.

Design

See what the world’s top architecture firms created when The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago sent them each 1,200 white legos for their newest exhibit.

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Since the 1940’s, Batman and Superman movies have had one iconic poster after another. Take a look back at some of the classics and see what The Poster Boys have come up with for Batman vs. Superman.

Web Design & Development

The Accessibility Team and WordPress are combining forces, announcing a set of Accessibility Coding Standards for all new or updated code releases.

Make your life significantly easier with these dirty tricks for front-end developers.

While on the topic of front-end, head over to Sitepoint to learn more about cleaning up a CSS codebase.

Misc.

Discover which Irish novel was so good that people have been afraid of translating it for almost 70 years, until now.

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The third full week of March saw the unfortunate passing of two revolutionary minds. Andy Grove (79), former CEO of the tech giant Intel, left his mark world as one of the integral pioneers of the personal computer, while Malik Taylor (45), also known as Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, brought a social consciousness to hip-hop and helped shape the world of music as we know it.

Get in the mood for Easter with these hilariously anthropomorphic pictures of Peeps.

Not all Easter bunnies cute and cuddly, something clearly portrayed in a new Tumblr feed titled Sketchy Bunnies.


Enjoy the holiday weekend and don’t forget to fly by next week for more buzz around the Spry Hive.