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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 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: Week 34

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”
– Tim Berners-Lee

Advertising

The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism delivers the scoop on malvertising and its affect on the publishing and advertising industries.


Custom Avocados

Custom Avocados is pushing the boundaries of corporate tchotchke. That’s expensive guacamole.


Web Design & Development

Accessibility Refresher

If you design and build web products for humans, then this article about accessibility design from the team at Vox Media is a must read. Slide show included.


Some friendly pointers from UX Thought of the Day about designing a better style guide.


Misc

Blackbox Shipping

The creators of Cards Against Humanity have started a new shipping company that “works like a co-op” for independent artists and creators to get the lowest price.


Nextdoor has tweaked its algorithm for reporting incidents that has resulted in a significant reduction of racial profiling by its online community.


 

The Revenant movie reimagined as an 8-bit battle game. Warning: possible spoilers.


NASA wants YOU to go to Mars. These official posters put the call out for teachers, explorers, and farmers to help inhabit the red planet.


Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you next week for the final Spry Hive of Summer, 2016!

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 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

1960 Olympic Logo

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.


Apple Campus 2

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: Week 28

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“The telephone is virtual reality in that you can meet with someone as if you are together, at least for the auditory sense.”
– Ray Kurzweil

Palettable is a novel approach to creating color palettes on the fly.

Level up on form design by reviewing these common form mistakes with recommendations how to improve them.

Interesting article from the folks at Livework about how they are tackling the shift from Service Design into Business Design.

 

Watch the Earth live from the ISS space station, enhanced by the ambient music.

Nintendo will be releasing a miniature version of their famous console, preloaded with 10 titles.

Prime Ministers in the UK may come and go, but Larry the Cat is staying right where he is.

A recent ruling from the 9th Circuit says that sharing a Netflix or HBO Go account is a Federal crime.

This is the week that Pokémon GO swept the world like a tsunami, and it seems that everybody is playing, even Vice President Biden:

If you think that the hysteria around Pokémon GO has reached max peak in your hometown, watch what happens when a Vaporean appears suddenly in Central Park in New York City:


Remember, don’t drive and play Pokémon. We’ll see you next week for another edition of the Spry Hive!

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.

Create Adobe

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

Glassy Films website

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 19

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”
– Mario Andretti

Around Spry

Team Spry Digital RX-7

Team Spry Digital RX-7

If you weren’t already aware, Spry’s own Sheila and Steven Burkett are members of the St. Louis SCCA. When not building websites and apps they are building race cars and organizing races. If you live near St. Louis and live for the smell of race fuel in the morning, get over to Gateway Motorsports Park where they will both be participating in the SCCA Majors Tour.

Design

The Olympic Games is the venue for the World’s top amateur athletes to come together in spirited competition. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the arts were at one time recognized and awarded with medals, like the athletes.

Olympic Games Art

Courtesy domus

Having your logo redesigned? You may want to give it a glance upside down before approving.

User Experience Design

One of the first talks from this year’s Drupalcon in New Orleans that we’ve been able to check out is a presentation on Content-Driven UX, an approach that we are keen on.

Web Design & Development

For a dose of inspiration, check out these 99 beautiful ecommerce designs shared by Shopify.

Brutalism in Web Design

Courtesy Brandon Joyce

Washington Post shares one of the hottest trends in web design: FUGLY

If you’re still designing your mockups at 2x, read this article about the benefits of designing for 1x resolution.

Github, you da real MVP. [Introducing unlimited private repositories]

Misc

A rebel alliance has infiltrated the Pentagon, and they’re exposing cyber insecurities.

Hyundai’s exoskeleton will turn you into a mech pilot.

Stay green, Germany.

Dwarf Planet

Courtesy NASA

Oh, solar system. You’re full of surprises.


What other surprises are we in store for this week? Check back in the next Spry Hive!