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The 2017 Recap and Look Ahead

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under News.

As we barrel headfirst into the new year, we wanted to pause to reflect on the dumpster fire year that was 2017. Actually, it was an pretty amazing year here at Spry. Here are some of the high points from the past year and some things we’re most jazzed about in 2018.

SPRY TURNS 7

Spry Digital turned seven years old in April. Does that make us the temperamental child of agency world? Perhaps. Let’s just say that we’ve always been wise beyond our years…

For one thing, a company that is seven years old is still young enough to retain the entrepreneurial, anything-it-takes spirit that inspired us to start a business in the first place, while old enough to have formed a culture, body of work, processes and principles from which to build. Since our start in 2010, we’ve tried lots of things – many of them successful, and more than a few falls resulting in bumps and bruises. Building a digital agency is all about recognizing the lessons in failure. Despite that, we are still the inquisitive types that like to pull things apart and play near outlets. It keeps our curious, problem-solving minds happy when we continue to learn so we can build better products.

On the move. (Photo by RJ Hartbeck)

Seven years in, it certainly feels like we’re moving beyond the awkward growth stage of the business. We’ll continue to be here for our clients and partners, and get on with the business of building relationships, growing our team, and doing good work.

BUILDING CLIENT WORK

In 2017 we continued to work with a stable of clients ranging from large enterprises that serve a global customer base, to nonprofits that are dedicated to making the world around us a better place to live. In 2017, we brought some much-needed focus to our service offerings, developing our capabilities in key areas to meet the demands of larger and more complex projects.

Here are just a few of the projects that we’re most proud of from the past year:

World Chess Hall of Fame

The game of chess has a strong pulse in this country, and its heart beats at the Saint Louis Chess Campus. The vibrant Central West End is the long-standing home of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and the World Chess Hall of Fame – as well as the Q Boutique and Kingside Diner – where some of the world’s top chess tournaments are held and broadcasted live to a global audience.

Spry has been a digital partner for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center since 2013, building and hosting their website and providing on-site technical support during tournaments.

 

World Chess Hall of Fame Website

The World Chess Hall of Fame website. Launched in 2017.

This past year, we were thrilled to be a part of the successful launch of the new website for The World Chess Hall of Fame. With assistance from long-standing Chess Club partners Arcturis, the new website was designed around promoting the multiple events, programming, and activities that WCHOF provides, while providing an online home for the best players to have ever played the game with the World and U.S. Chess Halls of Fame. Developed on Drupal 7 and CiviCRM, the site helps WCHOF manage and share share the activities of the many donors and constituents across the Saint Louis Chess Campus.

The new website establishes The World Chess Hall of Fame as the premier destination, online and offline, for the game of chess in the United States.

Explore the new World Chess Hall of Fame website.

Altice USA

Having worked with Suddenlink Communications since 2015, some projects under our belt include successfully launching their best-in-class website, Suddenlink.com, and hosting and supporting their “buyflow” application, a custom e-commerce solution that transformed their business. In 2017, our work with this client expanded following the purchase of Suddenlink by Altice, a multinational corporation based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Following the purchase of multiple telecom/cable service providers in the United States, including Suddenlink and Optimum, Altice USA required help merging brands and technology. Spry has been working with the teams at Altice to bring the successful Suddenlink buyflow application to other business units, like Suddenlink Business, Optimum Residential and Optimum Business. In addition, Spry migrated the residential site, Optimum.com, to the Drupal content management system in 2017 (launching in early 2018). In 2018, we will continue working with Altice USA to align their multiple web properties under the Altice brand, while designing and implementing new buyflow solutions across business units.

Randy Burkett Lighting Design

In 2017 we continued to work with small businesses, and one of the most satisfying was the design of the new brand identity and web presence for Randy Burkett Lighting Design. As a leading lighting design firm, RBLD’s work can be seen lighting some of the most prominent buildings, monuments and public spaces in the United States. Reflecting the company’s monumental work is an elegant brand and website that builds upon the firm’s historical assets, showing their work in the best possible light (we know, we know…).

Take a look at the case study for the rebrand and website at rbldi.com.

Gared Holdings

In 2018, we’ll finally be able to share the labor of love that has been our work over the past several months. Our partnership with GARED HOLDINGS will see the redesign and launch of websites for both of their sports equipment brands, Gared Sports and Performance Sports Systems. Along with new web experiences, we are building an entirely new online product catalog that powers the multiple websites and applications, including a new application to help visitors properly equip their environments and recommend product.

The diversity of projects and output of work continues to be a challenge that we embrace, and we can’t wait to show you more work from our shop in 2018!

NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Spry continued to expand our team in 2017. While our numbers didn’t grow by much, our capabilities certainly did. Meet some of the new faces at Spry:

Tony Farhatt

Before joining Spry in February, Tony led teams at some of the top creative and consulting agencies in St. Louis. At Spry, Tony oversees all accounts and projects, keeping internal and client teams on track with high energy and a positive vibe. When he’s not at Spry, you’ll find Tony working on home-improvement projects and travelling with his volleyball club to compete in tournaments.

Kyle Cunningham

Kyle has been developing software since high school. Kyle’s has been the lead developer on higher education sites, using tools like Drupal, Angular.js and Node.js. In his personal life, he has traveled halfway around the world, and he kicks literal ass (along with other parts of the body) with his formal Muay Thai training.

Drew Dunn-Rankin

A native of Southern California and recent graduate from Columbia University in NYC, Drew takes on numerous development-led efforts for Spry Digital. He really is a jack of all trades, so it will be fun to see what new challenges Drew tackles in 2018. He also makes experimental beats when he’s not coding.

Dominic LaFata

Dominic is an information systems student at University of Missouri – St. Louis. Shortly after starting his internship at Spry, we recognized Dominic’s solid analytic skills and technical prowess, and offered him a permanent place on our team. When not taking classes or at Spry, he can be found tossing pizza for the family business, unwinding with his girlfriend or watching Rick and Morty.

Kicking off the week with the Monday all-hands.

In the past week we added Erika Enderling and Dena Rogers to our team. They will be handling accounting and office management responsibilities, respectively. Keep on the lookout for them and all the new faces, as we expect further growth in 2018.

WORTHY MENTIONS

There were many other memories that made 2017 an exciting year. Some of the highlights include:

  • Spry partners Sheila Burkett and Julia Koelsch shared the honor of being named Top Women Business Owners in St. Louis for 2017 by Small Business Monthly.
  • Chief Technology Officer Julia Koelsch was invited to join the technical panel – alongside Amazon Alexa’s global lead Michael Francisco – at AdClubSTL’s 2017 Digital Symposium.
  • Spry hosted a sponsor’s table with our team at the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference, where Creative Director Joe Duffin participated on a panel discussing the evolution of content in digital marketing. We’ll be back at our sponsor’s table again this year, and don’t miss Joe’s talk, “Beyond the Tactics: Integrated Marketing Strategy for New Product Launch,“ at this year’s event.
  • Spry organized and hosted DrupalCamp St. Louis, the local conference for Drupal users, and CiviCon, the national conference for CiviCRM users. Both are open source tools we leverage at Spry, so we are passionate about supporting these communities.
  • We continue to provide internship opportunities for young people looking to break into the fields of digital marketing and technology through St. Louis Youth Jobs. It’s a tremendous organization, and we always look forward to working with the talented individuals they send our way.
  • Our agency is proud to mentor young women in technology, and we did so in 2017 at the annual UMSL IS Department’s Women’s Hackathon. We also spoke at the St. Louis chapter of Women in Digital. The trend of women not enrolling in IS and CS programs continues, and so does our commitment to reversing this trend by supporting young women at crucial stages of their development.

Spry’s accomplishments in 2017 would not have been possible without our amazing team, partners and clients. Spry will continue to build even stronger relationships with our commitment to our clients’ success.

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 2016: Week 21

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

Around Spry

It’s been a busy week for open source community building.

This week members of Spry Digital represented the Drupal Association at the PHPTek Conference hosted May 25-27 in St. Louis. We met a lot of cool people and companies building amazing things with PHP (and Drupal) and had fun talking to attendees about the benefits of using Drupal and share some of the things we have built with it, including corporate websites, eLearning systems, and nonprofit solutions.

Speaking of nonprofit tech, we’ve also been busy preparing to travel for Ft. Collins, Colorado for this year’s CiviCon, a gathering of the CiviCRM community. Spry Digital co-founder Sheila Burkett will be on hand to lead training sessions throughout the week. CiviCon takes place between May 31 – June 8.

Thursday night we attended the DevOpsSTL meetup, where Kim Mahagee from Zivra gave an engaging presentation about how to lead successful DevOps transformations. Special thanks to Unisys for hosting the event, where there was plenty of devops discussion, pizza and beer on hand.

Content Strategy

A sound content strategy is one of the most important things you can do if you design and build content-managed websites.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Content development can be one of the biggest hurdles to delivering successful web projects. Learn how to identify and prevent content and documentation debt in this article by 18F.

User Experience Design

One of the biggest questions in user experience design is whether you are designing solutions that your customers actually want. Learn to dive deeper into customer’s wishes with this UX Thought of the Day.

Decision fatigue comes about when you give your users too many choices. Learn to improve customer experience by limiting the choices they can make.

Web Design & Development

Happy 13th Birthday, WordPress.

 

Great designers look beyond the tools. We enjoyed this read about “Maturity and the Weight of Learning”.

How to create even more fluid typography with vh and vw units.

An excellent case study on redesigning the Arriva website.

Use Git on a team? Here are some golden rules to live by.

And now, a tiny sassy alternative to Bootstrap.


Enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend, and remember those that have served our country. We’ll see you next week!

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!

How Cybersecurity Fails Created The Panama Papers

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Security.

The Panama Papers leak reveals the shadowy workings of the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, in establishing offshore corporations for businesses, politicians, heads of state, athletes and celebrities for the sake of providing tax shelters and channels for arms and human trafficking. Illegal activities aside, what is particularly shocking is the lack of cybersecurity that may have contributed to over 2.6 terabytes of emails and documents (totalling over 11.5 million in all) being nabbed by hackers and landing at the feet of the Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), who broke the story a year after obtaining them.

Security experts have analyzed the methods by which the attackers were able to obtain the data, and what’s come to light is an astonishing lack of basic web security practices on the part of Mossack Fonseca and their web administrators. Data breaches occur every day to government, business, and personal websites with varying degrees of damage. Although the Panama Papers sheds light on secretive and largely illegal activities, security vulnerabilities like these can affect legitimate companies who want to protect their customer data.

Panama Papers, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Image courtesy of Panama Papers, Süddeutsche Zeitung

To understand the level of the security shortfalls, it helps to understand the software that Mossack Fonseca uses to power their multiple web properties. The firm uses two of the more popular content management systems (CMS) around, WordPress and Drupal, to power their public and client-facing websites, respectively. The client portal was used to share sensitive documents between the law firm and its clients. Both are written in PHP and are open source, meaning that their code base is free, accessible, and developed and maintained by community developers. While these systems can be secure environments for storing important data, the manner in which these systems were maintained, or not maintained, by Mossack Fonseca has been attributed as the cause for how attackers were able to steal the damaging documents used in the reports.

WordPress security company Wordfence analyzed the law firm’s web hosting environment following the leaks to determine how attackers may have obtained all of this data. Wordfence determined that the WordPress site was over three months out of date while their Drupal site was almost two years out of date. Furthermore, the company was using outdated third party plugins for WordPress which may have opened the doors for hackers to access other systems and passwords.

Website owners can learn from the mistakes made by Mossack Fonseca. Here are some of the main takeaways from the Panama Papers:

Protecting the Core

Both WordPress and Drupal have a large community of web developers contributing code to various aspects of the platform, also known as “the core”. Because they are open source, the code is able to be viewed by a larger user base, which can lend a hand at exposing potential security risks in the code base. When this happens, those vulnerabilities are typically brought to the core development teams who then fix the issue, release an update, and publish bulletins to notify web developers and users of the risk and the fix.

Mossack Fonseca’s client portal on Drupal was vulnerable to hacking due to running a version of Drupal that was over two years old. In that time, Drupal security teams had brought to light major vulnerabilities and urged website administrators to patch the software. Because these security bulletins were ignored by Mossack Fonseca, it was entirely possible for hackers to access sensitive files and data from their client portal.

In WordPress, security updates are typically announced at WordPress.org, while Drupal has their own security team and security bulletins are announced via news lists. WordPress by default will automatically update itself when security updates are released, which makes it painless to keep core WordPress up-to-date. Drupal updates need to be manually applied, which means that it’s vital for website admins to pay attention to update notifications and apply security updates immediately.

Leaving The Door Open With Plugins and Modules

Third party code that extends the functionality of the core CMS platform are known as plugins and modules (for WordPress and Drupal, respectively). Besides using an outdated version of WordPress, Mossack Fonseca was using the Revolution Slider plugin, a plugin that is “one of the most common WordPress vulnerabilities” when not updated. In an update to the original report provided by Wordfence, because Mossack Fonseca’s email server was hosted on the same server as their websites, it is likely that their email was hacked via a vulnerability in Revolution Slider.

Plugins and modules have varying degrees of scrutiny and oversight by security teams based on the platform, the popularity and the method by which they are distributed. In general, Drupal has wider and more stringent security review of community-developed modules for its platform than WordPress, however, plugins that are distributed via the WordPress Plugins directory must pass a security review and are typically maintained and supported. Revolution Slider, which has had known vulnerabilities going back to 2014, is not available at WordPress and is instead sold and downloaded directly from the company website and also from the popular software storefront Code Canyon

When you obtain code directly from plugin developers (or via sites like Code Canyon) you are on your own to determine whether the plugin is maintained and to find out if there are security updates. In these cases you will rely on the individual developer or development team to assure that the plugin is maintained and patched as new and potential vulnerabilities are exposed, so look for plugins that are frequently maintained and actively supported. If they are not, avoid using them lest risk your site and data being exposed to attackers.

Separation of Concerns

The reports reveal other shoddy practices that likely led to stealing of of the 11.5M+ documents that would be known as the Panama Papers. In web security, the practice of “separation of concerns” means that you mitigate the risk to any one system by decentralizing where your data lives and how it is accessed. Mossack Fonseca hosted their email server on the same server as on their web server, and had passwords for their email stored visibly in the WordPress database. With a compromised WordPress installation, it would have been easy to obtain email passwords and retrieve email. If emails had been on a separate server, it would have made it harder for hackers to obtain the emails even if the website was hacked.

Ask The Right Questions

The largest data breach in Internet history was likely caused by a lack of security best practices. Companies should understand how their website is hosted and information stored. Demand to understand from your developers or web hosting team how data is secured and risks to hacks and attacks are mitigated. It could save your business, as well as your client’s business.

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.

stickers

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 11

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 past Wednesday, we had the pleasure of hosting the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ Arts Marketers event, where we presented SEO strategies and tactics for content producers and website administrators that work for the Arts. We always enjoy sharing ideas with this group, so we can’t wait for the next one! Also, be sure to check out Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ new website, a Drupal site designed and built by Spry Digital that includes a new crowdfunding portal.

While CiviDay, an annual, international celebration of all things CiviCRM, was originally February 24th, our local meetup was, unfortunately, postponed due to snow. The key word is “postponed”, though, as we are hosting a virtual CiviDay Makeup Meetup over lunch next week!

Artificial Intelligence

Find out what happened when the Google-owned Deepmind AlphaGo AI went head to head with the greatest Go player in the world.

UX Design / Prototyping

Adobe’s program for designing and prototyping websites and applications was recently re-branded as Adobe Experience Design (XD).

Looking to compete with Adobe XD, Invision has purchased Sketch’s prototyping plugin Silver Flows.

Web Design & Development

Government webpages are becoming significantly easier to create and navigate with the help of CivicActions, which is now available on Drupal.

Learn more about using Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project on your next WordPress website.

Ecommerce for WordPress just took a major step forward as you can now use Shopfiy for WordPress.

As if there were already enough reasons to secure your servers and website, research has shown that hacked sites suffer long term SEO penalties.

Misc

Managing the images on your social media profiles just got a whole lot easier with Landscape by Sprout Social.

What if kids presented your ideas? Full article http://goo.gl/NglYPS

Posted by Fantasy on Monday, March 14, 2016

There are times when you need something to that makes your presentation unique and easy to understand. So, why not have kids present your work?

Discover what’s so great about the Department of the Treasury’s DATA Act, a money tracking program that spurned out of the continuous push for increasing transparency in government,


That’s a wrap for Week 11 of 2016. Join us next Friday for more from the Spry Hive!

Explore CiviCRM at St. Louis CiviDay 2016 Meetup

Posted by Sheila Burkett & filed under CiviTips, Events.

The Spry Digital team is excited to announce that we will be hosting the St. Louis CiviDay 2016 Meetup on Wednesday, February 24, 2016!

What Is CiviCRM?

CiviCRM is a free, open source, web-based Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system. The system is used by a global community of tens of thousands of individuals and organizations. This modular system integrates with websites built on Drupal, Joomla and WordPress Content Management Systems (CMS).

Key out-of-the box features with CiviCRM include contacts, memberships, events, email marketing, advocacy campaigns, peer-to-peer fundraisers, contribution tracking, robust search, and reports. The flexibility and customization available gives you the freedom to grow your organization without internal systems breaking down over time.

What Is CiviDay?

CiviDay is an annual celebration of all things CiviCRM! The global CiviCRM community will host CiviDay events in 26 cities around the world to share what we’ve been able to build, who we’ve helped, and where CiviCRM is going.

St. Louis CiviDay 2016

CiviDay is coming up on Wednesday 24th February 2016. Find out what CiviCRM can do for you, meet others that are using CiviCRM, and find out what CiviCRM services are available locally.

The morning meetup will explore how certain nonprofits are using CiviCRM alongside all the new features coming out with CiviCRM 4.7 & CiviCRM 5.0.

This will be a great opportunity for nonprofit organizations to learn more about CiviCRM. Already using CiviCRM? Come by to network with other organizations taking advantage of CiviCRM and get the inside scoop on new or existing features never explored.

We hope you will join us!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Spry Digital

2710 Lafayette Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63119

Parking: Free parking is available in parking lot or on street.

Agenda

7:30 am – Come network and enjoy free breakfast!
8:00 am – Introduction to the event
8:10 am – Talking Point 1: CiviCRM and what it can do for you
8:20 am – Case study 1: Gateway Off-Road Cyclists with Matt Hayes (Board Member and “Membership Guy”) discussing his experiences using CiviCRM.
8:40 am – Talking Point 2: What’s new in 4.7
9:00 am – Break for networking and more food!
9:30 am – Case study 2: Girls On the Run Operations Director Maggie Siemers shares her experiences using CiviCRM.
9.50 am – Talking Point 3: What makes CiviCRM different / The CiviCRM community / What’s coming in 5.0
10:00 am – Close and invitation to more networking at nearby venue

REGISTER Today! Space is limited.

Already a CiviCRM User? Make sure your site is registered at CiviCRM.org and consider becoming a supporting member of CiviCRM to ensure that the core team continues to enhance CiviCRM to meet everyone’s needs in the future.

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 2015: Week 37

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The fact that Fall is almost here means a few things for sure. The newest line of Apple products are on their way and the NFL has kicked off the regular season by adopting some real-time technology. That’s just the beginning of this week’s news though, so sit back and enjoy your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

Tech

apple-pencil

Source = Apple

This past week Apple, the ever-popular tech giant, announced their iPad Pro, touting desktop-level hardware alongside their newest accessories. The one piece that really has artists and designers clamouring, though, is the announcement of the Apple Pencil.

With the regular season beginning this week, the NFL has made it a lot easier to follow every game using their new app for Windows 10 that gives real-time stats and field position of every player. How is the NFL able to provide such an experience, you ask? By placing RFID chips on all the shoulder pads.

Apps

Looking for an easier and more organic way to jot down some notes, create diagrams, or even make a checklist on your mobile device? Then you’ve got to check out the new app called Paper, available for free in the Apple App Store.

Design

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Appealing to as many people as possible is a fundamental aspect of design. While some people have begun complaining about the shift to dynamically and swiftly changing content with sidescrolling and parallax effects, many might not have considered how these features are affecting those with vestibular disorders.

It’s no secret that the number of applications available to designers seems to be growing exponentially these days. Attempting to make sense of all the utilities and how they are really being used, Subtraction.com surveyed more than 4,000 people from 200 different countries. Well, the results are in and there is finally a list of the tools designers are using today.

Development

While last week’s discussion of Angular vs. React focused on how quickly React has been growing, some may still be wondering, “Which one is right for me and my project?” Well, Benton Rochester from effective thinking is here to help you decide.

For those who don’t know, SEO by Yoast is the go-to plugin on WordPress for your Search Engine Optimization needs. For those who did know, you’ll be happy to hear that the extension is finally coming to Drupal.

Misc.

Reminiscent of SeinfeldVision, an extraordinarily talented video editor has created a video that flawlessly brings together characters from dozens of classic films. Including the likes of Scarface, the Terminator, and the Mask (just to name a few), Hell’s Club is something you’ve got to see to believe.

If we hadn’t split from Britain all those years ago, we would all have one more excuse for celebrating this week. Evidently, Queen Elizabeth II has finally surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in all of British history.


And with that, another week is in the books. Grab yourself some fish & chips or a nice pint of beer, it’s finally time to relax and enjoy the weekend. Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!