Tag: graphic design

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.


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.


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 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.


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 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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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 2014: Week 35

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

Welcome to Friday! We’ve collected some of the best links from the web this week for your clicking enjoyment. Sit back, relax, and check out what got us chatting this week.


Some lovely graphic designs from The Project Twins. We especially like the A-Z of Unusual Words.

Dev and Web

If you’re curious if your website needs a content audit, chances are, it does. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it and why it’s awesome.

What would we do without our Chrome extensions? A cheatsheet for Git provides our developers an easy way to grab the most common Git commands.


How Millennials are changing the long-held consumer model. Out with the old, in with the new.

Social Media


Acura takes the cake for Twitter marketing. Configure your dream Acura (verdict is still out whether that is a thing) from right within Twitter.

We told you last week about some changes to your Twitter feed – mainly forcing “favorites” into your tweet feed. Popular Mechanics observes that a covert algorithm is no match for actual user behavior.

The team at Twitter have been busy as this week they have also announced brand new Twitter Analytics, you know, to get your analytics on. We’re fans of the insights it provides, like common interests.


Etienne de Crecy's Hashtag My Ass Instagram Experiment

We’re already fans of the French house label Super Discount, but what Etienne de Crecy has put together for his new single is truly epic… Your Instagram photos as LP covers. Try it out… just be warned of excessive booty shaking in tight spandex. #HashtagMyAss

Speaking of Instagram, they’ve rolled out a new app this week. Create time-lapse videos with ease with Hyperlapse – it even stabilizes your videos much like a $15k Steadicam, but with a zero dollar price tag.

Quick Hits

Nonprofit, Zidisha, is changing peer-to-peer microlending with the support of Y Combinator.

The Double Bind. What’s the one word that’s frequent in negative women’s reviews, but not in men’s? And they say there’s no glass ceiling.

That’s it for this week and we hope you enjoyed SpryHive! We’ll catch you after a well-deserved holiday weekend.

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 5

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

It’s been a busy week at Spry Digital. In case you missed all the goodness that was CiviDay for CiviCRM, check out our blog posts. Also up for your enjoyment is our most recent case study for Variety St. Louis.

Now on to more good stuff…

  1. With all the chatter about CiviCRM, this CMS infographic was timely.
  2. For a budding designer or for the child at heart, a kid’s guide to graphic design.
  3. What startups can learn from post mortems on ones that fail.
  4. AppPresser launches first mobile app framework for WordPress.
  5. Shaking up the corporate structure to go beyond the profit motive.
  6. Our offices are split 30/60 on PC/Apple, but we all agree the 30 Years of Apple is a beautiful site.
  7. How the Super Bowl kicked off the brand storytelling revolution.
  8. On the correct use of “Super Bowl” (hint: It’s trademarked)
  9. Speaking of, don’t do this.
  10. Or this.

And that pretty much sums up our week. So put your feet up this weekend, have a brewski and eat some Buffalo wings for us.