Tag: typography

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 38

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”
– Robert L. Peters

Around Spry

Murmuration Festival

Add to the list of things to do when visiting St. Louis, Murmuration Festival is happening this weekend. The first festival of its kind in St. Louis, the three day event, kicking off tonight with a free and open-to-all party, promises to “bring together artists, musicians, innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs to engage the public and share their work via conversations, talks, panel discussions, and musical performances.” With so many groundbreaking talks and music, Monday will surely come too fast.

St. Louis Design Week is coming this October, and Spry Digital is once again proud to be an agency sponsor. As part of the festivities, we will be opening our doors to show off our design and digital wares as well as meet other folks in the design community. Visit the St. Louis Design Week website for a full list of events, and their Facebook page to RSVP for the Spry Digital Studio Tour.


Typography

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first sans-serif typeface, designers at Tipotype have created Brother 1816, a font which they describe as “a very flexible, multifaceted and solid typeface, mixing Geometric shapes with Humanistic strokes at the same time.” Go grab it while it’s cheap.


Web Design & Development

If you’re learning web design or development, you can’t do much better than A Book Apart series. The newest book in the series addresses JavaScript (finally).


Around the Web

Yahoo has announced that 500 million user accounts have been stolen. Even if you’re only using your Yahoo address to catch promotions and spam these days, you’ll want to change your password immediately.


Discover Your Patronus

Discover your Patronus as part of the latest promotion for J.K Rowling’s “Pottermore.”


Researchers from Intel Labs and Darmstadt University in Germany have developed a clever way to extract useful training data for self-driving car AI from Grand Theft Auto. Who said GTA can’t be educational AND fun?


Express yourself with expressions and operators with this JavaScript dress, found on Think Geek.

 

That’s all for Summer and this week’s Spry Hive! Catch you next week after we’ve pulled our heads back together following Murmuration Festival!

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: Week 31

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

Graphic Design

While Shepard Fairey’s Barrack Obama “Hope” poster became the defining image of the 2008 election, some are asking, what is this election’s HOPE poster?


Web Design & Development

Share buttons. Every site has them, but some of the more common methods for adding them includes extra code that tracks user behavior. Sharingbuttons.io is the easy way to add share buttons, without JavaScript or tracking script.


Courtesy Nick Babich, Medium

The simple button is one of the most used elements in UI design. We enjoyed this article about the evolution and best practices of this oft overlooked website element.


When you design and develop websites for a living, it means you’re often flipping between browsers, terminal windows, code editors and IDEs. Lumen lets you control your screen’s brightness based on the contents of your screen, reducing eye fatigue.


Mozilla devs see a future where devs can drag elements around a web page just by clicking and dragging on them. Starting in v48, they will be able to do just that.


Even good developers need to tell others to shove off at times. Now, they can politely do so as a service.


Get your font stack in order with Type Scale.


Apps

Venmo, owned by Paypal, is a popular app for sending and receiving money from peers. Some consumers are claiming that Venmo swiped $3,000 from them, even though they never had accounts.


Lurchr

For teams like ours, Slack is an integral tool for communication, but sometimes the stuff that is shared by team members creates a distraction from the task at hand. Lurchr helps keep track of links shared in Slack so that your team can stay focused on their work.


What the color? Grab the new iOS app by Pantone, the “authority on color”.


Misc

 

Verne is a 500ft Yeti that aims to teach children about the tallest mountain range in the world using Google Earth.


This is Fine became one of the hottest memes of the year. Now you can own a piece this Internet sensation, in plush form.


IBM creates world’s first artificial phase-change neurons

Courtesy IBM via Ars Technica

IBM has created the first artificial phase change neurons that behave like biological neurons with low power usage and dense scaling.


Did Dominos create an app that tracks pizza’s movement through the digestive system? While this article did originate from The Onion, we have learned not to put anything past the marketing and development geniuses at Dominos.


You’re all caught up on the latest buzz from around the Spry Hive. Come back next week for some more web design and tech news!

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

A Single Div

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 25

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“Britain is a very small country with a very large press.”
– David Hockney

Design & Typography

Netflix revealed a new rather ambiguous icon. As usual, the Internet has a lot to say.

Typography and sci-fi – two of our favorite things. This length that this article goes to explore the design and typography of Bladerunner is truly extraordinary.

Always mixing up the aperture and counter when describing type? We got you covered with this animated guide to type terms.

Beauty is in the details, and typography is no exception. Designers, check out this upcoming webinar titled Finely Tuned Typography: Sweating the Small Stuff by Dan Rhatigan.

Web Design & Development

Color emoji with CSS, just because.

Developer motivation:

Developer motivation

The Practical Dev

Grab this beta signup for a new online front end code editor. [Code Comet]

Developers, the framework you’ve been waiting for: Fortran.io. Bonus: you won’t need a room-size mainframe to run it.

HireHer seeks to help women in tech connect with top tech companies.

Misc

Our beloved state of Missouri will begin using solar roadways as part of the Road to Tomorrow Initiative.

Meatless meat is one of the next big things, according to Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt. Could we be at the doorstep of eradicating cattle for meat? Read this meat lover’s favorable take on the latest plant-based meat.

Two factor authentication is an important facet of personal web security. Google just made their 2FA easier to use than ever.

Reuters

Britain is leaving the European Union and world is waiting to see what the fallout of the vote will be. An Independent Scotland? Cheap airfares to England? Stay tuned…


We’ll be back next week to share more web design and development news from the Spry Hive. Pip pip!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 24

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

We are skipping Spry news to acknowledge the terrible events that happened in Florida this week. We, along with many others, are mourning the senseless loss of lives in Orlando. Spry Digital embraces the idea of strength in diversity. Our thoughts go out to the victims of the LGBT community, Christie Grimmie, and all of the families and friends that have been hurt by these acts of hate.

We can always do better. Remember to celebrate the heroic acts of love that occur on a daily basis, and never react to hate with hate.

Now on to more lighthearted fare…

Typography

We applaud Google’s redesign of Google Fonts. If you geek out on such things, here’s the case study of the redesign.

Bungee Vertical Fonts

Image courtesy Bungee

Vertical type on signage and other projects is a necessity at times, but most fonts are not designed for vertical orientation. Bungee was created specifically for multi-color vertical typography.

Web Design & Development

The CSSConf Nordic 2016 happened and there’s some terrific talks posted online for your consumption.

If you enjoy using Tower for Git (and we do), also check out SourceTree by Atlassian, a free Git and Mercurial client for Windows and Mac.

Linux Journey

Image courtesy of Linux Journey

Interested in exploring the world of Linux? Begin your journey with this website. [Linux Journey]

Entrepreneurship

Zenefits, the popular online HR onboarding company, has been experiencing some growing pains as of late. Now they’re doubling down on turning the business around, asking their employees to get on board or to take “The Offer”.

Misc

Cable network Adult Swim continues to expand their influence in the digital space with this highly visual playlist that promises 25 tracks in 25 weeks.

Image courtezy NASA/JPL

This July fourth, NASA has plans to make fireworks of their own as they send the Juno spacecraft within 2,900 miles of Jupiter’s atmosphere.

The Bloomberg team continues to make web properties that are the source of much debate within our team. You either love them or you hate them, and the Global Tech Issue is no exception.

The world also lost a musical great this week. Chips Moman, the Memphis and Nashville hitmaker, has passed at the age of 79.


Remember to be good to each other. We will see you all next Friday for another edition of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches From the Spry Hive 2016: Week 17

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

Around Spry

The latest article from our blog focuses on what went so wrong for the law firm Mossack Fonseca that led to the Panama Papers. Insert facepalm here.

 

 

For a taste of we’ve been working on, head over to Pacient, a new company born in St. Louis that is going to change the way that we all navigate healthcare.

Just a reminder to check out some conferences that we’ll be watching, attending, sponsoring, or participating in over the next month:

May 23 – 27: PHPTek Conference
May 9 – 13: Drupalcon New Orleans
May 14 – 15: Wordcamp St. Louis

Graphic Design

Dolph Lundgren Wallpaper

Image courtesy of Signalnoise

Ask yourself… Do you have enough Dolph in your life? If the answer is no, head over to Signalnoise and grab these totally bitchin’ Dolph Lundgren wallpapers.

Content Strategy

Content strategy has long been the domain of the front-end marketers. Create better customer experiences by thinking about your content strategy as a whole.

Web Design & Development

Airbnb opens the curtains to the design process of their new app that led to innovative thinking for the company.

Typewolf curator Jeremiah Shoaf shares 30 of his favorite websites that, as you would expect, make beautiful use of web typography.

Get all of Google’s fonts in Photoshop with this free plugin by Source. See how its done Adobe/Typekit.

Misc

Librarians routinely weed out their library’s holdings to make space for new books, and in that process, they sometimes find Awful Library Books (possibly NSFW).

Our team loves Venmo for transferring funds. Well if you do use Venmo, just make sure that you don’t type in the wrong word.

http://mondotees.com/collections/archive/products/aliens-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-liquid-filled-2xlp

Image courtesy of Mondo News

As if the soundtrack to Aliens wasn’t enough to conjure up thoughts of chestbursting Xenomorphs, Mondo is releasing a version of the LP that is surely to produce nightmares. Whether that’s food coloring or actual Xenomorphic acid blood, we think it’s pretty rad.


That’s it for this week’s Spry Hive. It’s been real, April… See everybody in May!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 3

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

2016 is now in full swing with glimpses of masterful design and the potential for a new 9th planet (sorry Pluto). Enjoy the end of another work week by catching up on all the news with another dose of the Spry Hive.

The Web

Looking to hone in on your skills of writing online? Well, the Nielsen Norman Group is saying you should stop using these five words.

Imagine

We really appreciate the way that digital agency Make Me Pulse has decided to ring in the new year with this immersive experience.

Typography

For those intrigued by the development of the design industry, dive into this fascinating interview with famed designer & master of typography, Erik Spiekermann.

Web Development & Design

Happy birthday, Drupal! Last Friday, Drupal, a content management framework that handles much of our heavy lifting for content and web publishing needs, turned 15. Founder Dries Buytaert had some words to share about the history and development of the platform.

Trying to build a physical product to accompany your digital efforts? Before you do so, check out Smashing Magazine’s piece on why nobody wants to use your product.

demo

Debugging sites just became a little easier with DevTools Remote extension for Chrome that allows you to share a tab with others on your team.

Struggling to keep track of all those templates in Photoshop? Organize your work & get started on your projects quicker using Templay.

Misc.

The security firm Perception Point reported that, for the past three years, millions of Android phones, pcs, and servers may have been afflicted with a Linux bug.

Whether it’s for instagram or for work, we can all use a few more tips on beautiful food photography.

Astronomers excitedly announced this week that they have found convincing evidence of a ninth planet, and it they aren’t talking about Pluto.

Skip the dog house and treat your dog with a pet trailer.

Just like Undercover Boss, where they show executives the dark side of their industry, SNL took Kylo Ren undercover to get an inside look at Starkiller Base.


That wraps up the 3rd week of 2016. See you all next week for another edition of the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 2

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

While the past week brought us Wikipedia’s 15th birthday and the promise of new technologies, it has been overall bittersweet as we find ourselves celebrating the lives of multiple cultural icons. So, join us in looking back at all of this week’s news as we work our way to the weekend.

The Web

Turn your next message into a work of art with this instagram font generator.

Do you enjoy the challenge of research & problem solving? Test your skills of searching with A Google a Day.

Speaking of Google, the company’s branch in Germany recently released a artistically beautiful promo for Google Maps.

There are very few websites as popular as the self-described ‘free encyclopedia that anyone can edit’, so be sure to show some love to Wikipedia on it’s 15th birthday.

Web Design & Development

Are you a fan of fonts and typography in general? Head over to Typewolf to find the most popular fonts of 2015, and which ones you should use instead.

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Creating or editing a graphic without damaging the source file is essential to professional design, so be sure you know your way around blending modes.

For those who weren’t able to tune in live, Codeship released a webinar introducing users to the process of building apps with Docker.

Misc.

Following a slower than expected holiday season and the announcement of imminent job cuts, GoPro’s stock plummeted by 28% this week.

The more people play around with the newest graphics engine, the more it seems, well…unreal. Get a taste of the action with a beloved classic as GoldenEye 007 Meets Unreal Engine 4.

The headaches of flying can easily be attributed to sub-par technological advances for commercial aircrafts, but that’s about to change as NASA continues building towards the future of flight.

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Only two weeks into the new year, the world sits in mourning as some of the biggest stars of a generation have faded into darkness and are laid to rest. As you find time throughout the weekend, take some time to pay tribute to and celebrate the revolutionary life of David Bowie, the many faces of Alan Rickman, and the enormous impact Giorgio Gomelsky had on the music industry.


So, after a rollercoaster of a week, we’ve made it to another weekend. Don’t forget to stop by next Friday for your dose of the Spry Hive as we dig into all the important, quirky, and humorous news.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 30

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

In case you didn’t hear, NASA has once again captivated the world by announcing the discovery of a planet eerily similar to Earth. While everybody else may not have been performing rocket science this week, the founder of Wikipedia announced his plan to revolutionize social networking and a group of hackers figured out how to wirelessly control a car. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of this week’s news!

Web & Apps

tindog

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For those who aren’t adventurous enough to explore the popular dating app Tinder, the developers at Holidog have created an alternative that puts your canine in the spot light. Whether the app is really for the dog or the owner doesn’t really matter as both benefit from the genius of Tindog.

If you frequently engage major companies on Facebook, asking a question or even complaining about service, then you’d better look out! Evidently, a couple comedians out of Atlanta have taken the popular social media site by storm, providing customers with fake answers while posing as ‘Customer Service’.

Evidently, the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is preparing to launch a donation based social network in the United States. Allowing users to connect with and receive updates from participating charities and individuals, The People’s Operator, or TPO, is self-described as, “similar to Twitter, but better.

Design

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As creative teams everywhere continue to utilize and experiment with digital design for their clients, it’s become more and more difficult to remember how beautiful and fitting physical, visual art can be. So, to help jog the memory and provide some inspiration, take a look at these gorgeous examples of analog typography.

Businesses require design that is both intelligent and enjoyable. Like most tasks, though, such an accomplishment is much easier said than done. Alina from Zurb Blog writes that the root of the problem may stem from the inability of a company to properly utilize their own design team.

Development

Those who have never come across Sitepoint’s, “12 Little-Known CSS Facts,” now have some catch up to do! Following up to last year’s successful and helpful blog post, Louis Lazaris provided coders with 12 more little-known CSS facts.

Looking to add beauty, class, and powerful, data-driven widgets to your web-based dashboard? Then you have to check out this charming yet powerful framework called Dashing.

WordPress has served the web development community since its first appearance 2003, growing from a simple blogging system to the multi-purpose CMS it is today. Now, the system is on it’s way to becoming a fully integrated and functioning application framework, making it easier external, mobile programs to communicate with the WordPress database using the new WP Rest API.

Tech

Just as a disclaimer, stopping a vehicle on the highway in the middle of the day is never a good idea, and can probably end up with a ticket. That said, we should probably give a free pass to the team of researchers who showed the world how vehicles like the Jeep Cherokee are currently vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Have you been following the incredible progress Tesla Motors has been making with electric cars? Well, if you haven’t, then there’s no better time than now. Touting acceleration of 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds, the popular car company has announced the release of “ludicrous mode,” for the Model S.

While the technology behind music has expanded leaps and bounds in the recent decades, it took almost 500 years for someone to finally create Leonardo da Vinci’s musical invention. Dubbed the Viola Organista, da Vinci’s instrument combines the qualities of the harpsichord, organ,and viola da gamba.


So, while the likes of Tesla Motors and Jimmy Wales continue innovating life here on Earth, NASA might want to consider some creative upgrades for their rockets to expedite the journey to our planet’s newest cousin. We hope you were able to find at least one piece of interesting, informative, or just plain entertaining news. Don’t forget to stop by next week and enjoy a well-deserved break of the weekend!