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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.


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.


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”.



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 30

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“When people talk about the good old days, I say to people, ‘It’s not the days that are old, it’s you that’s old.’ I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good.”
– Karl Lagerfeld

Web Design & Development

The design director from Spotify shares some lessons on scaling design in a modern web app with remote teams.

Want to craft beautiful experiences? You’re going to need the right tools. Sanfrancis.co is a collection of tools for the discerning UX or web designer.

Learn web design in 4 minutes. Well sort of…


Add Boston.gov to the list of government site refreshes on the Drupal content management system. Here’s a case study of the project by the founder of Drupal, Dries Buytaert.


Fans of Stranger Things have fallen in love with the 80s nostalgia that includes fashion, music, and even the show’s opening title sequence typography.


Talk about a new economy, a new study by the University of Pennsylvania has found that Kickstarter has created 8,800 companies and nearly 30,000 new full-time jobs!

Pixar engineers are known for pushing the boundaries of digital animation, but they’ve outdone themselves again with the design of this character for their latest, Finding Dory.

This New York City Sanitation office collects items it finds in the trash, and it’s like the best thrift shop ever. They even give tours.

“Be kind, rewind.” may already be irrelevant phrase, but that’s because consumers ditched VHS years ago, right? Apparently somebody was still buying them, as the last VHS manufacturer has announced that they’re finally killing the VHS.

Stitch together your own stump speech with Trump Sounds.


We’re glad that you decided to stop by. Won’t you join us again next week for more Spry Hive?

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 29

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“One person’s data is another person’s noise.”
– K.C. Cole

Pooper is for when you can’t be bothered to do the dirty work of picking up after your dog.

Bond-villain-in-training Elon Musk has revealed part deux of his plan for Tesla. If anybody can successfully make the leap from idea to concept to large production manufacturer, he can.

Meet Graham

Hello there, handsome. Graham is a human designed to demonstrate the fragility of humans in front impact crashes.

Noisli provides just the right mix of ambient noises, whether you are looking to relax or for a productivity boost.

This comic from NewScientist just might be a commentary on how we relate to others during a political season:

Angry Particle in

Courtesy NewScientist

Birkenstock is quitting Amazon after a huge surge of counterfeit products were found on the website.

Will dating join the on-demand economy? The Ohlala app allows women to charge for dating services. If you think that might be blurring the line a bit with the oldest profession, then you should definitely read on…

Apple has made many great ads, but this one speaks to our hearts and why we do what we do:

As designers of systems, we are fond of good transit maps. In this article, a brave soul takes on Google and Apple to see if their transit maps can be improved upon. Hint: it’s not easy.

This Kickstarterer wants to build a hotel with a purpose.

We’ll be back to share more from the hive next week!

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 32

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

In case you missed our app recommendations from last week, we’re still really digging them. Added to the pile this week is Personal Blocklist – a Chrome extension that lets you block annoying sites from your Google search results. This week, various members of the Spry team had their own special geek-out moments. LEGO finally released the promised women scientists minifig set. We marveled over the aesthetic beauty and practical implications of this coffee alarm clock. And our Apple fan contingent squealed at the official release date for the iPhone 6 (Spoiler: September 9). Some of us even got to see Monty Python Live when it (finally) came through our fair city.

So, yeah, it’s been a pretty good week.


According to the Global Leadership Forecast, gender and generational gaps are more than just corporate buzzwords. Successful companies tend to have more women and Millennials in leadership. Arguments of causation and correlation aside, perhaps the strongest argument in favor of more workplace diversity is a broader variety of ideas and opinions. When you’re in a creative or dynamic field like a startup, that’s a crucial factor that separates the successes from the flops.


Copyright. Fair use. Creative Commons. Public domain. If you’ve ever wondered if it was ok to just right click and “save as” that cute photo of a kitty cat to use on your own blog, check this infographic first.

We’re halfway through 2014 and what better time for an analysis of the emerging trends in logo design. If you’ve seen a lot of hand drawn type, hexagons, and crests, you’re already noticing a few of the hot design motifs (but there’s so much more).

Bridging the gap between design and development, this slick website examines UX using Google Venture’s HEART framework to measure success on your own project. Who doesn’t want to build a site that truly answers what your audience wants from your design?


We’ve said it again and again, but learning to code not only benefits your brain, it could also benefit your wallet. Coding School graduates can boost their yearly salaries by 44%. Not too shabby.

“Off with their heads!” isn’t just for the Queen of Hearts. Drupal is quivering a little, too. Headless Drupal is totally a thing and some are arguing it’s going to be even better than Twig.


It’s been a bad week for internet security. This week, we learned that 1.2 billion passwords were stolen by Russian hackers. An Australian teenager (with an admittedly impressive history) showed us that PayPal’s security features aren’t *quite* what they’ve led us to believe. Change your passwords, people! You know the drill.

Social Media

We got a sneak peek of Twitter’s new easier-to-use hashtags. No more wondering what #omgwtfbbq means.  (Seriously, though. BBQ.)

Every generation has its hero. Ours has the Twitter vigilante. Distressed by the sub-par promoted corporate tweets, SocialLandlord calls out crap corporate tweets for the bad marketing that they are.

And if you ever wanted to make Twitter easier (say, for a story lead or market research?) you need to know about belong.io.  It pulls the best links and stories from Twitter to give you a leg up on tomorrow’s hottest thing.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

You probably caught wind of the weirdest Kickstarter yet. We love potato salad as much as the next person, but $55k is a bit much. Lucky for us, Kickstarter broke down the numbers for us. There’s probably some marketing analysis in that, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

Classic reddit prank, Cat Facts, now has its very own app. Troll your (former) friends. Call it a great exercise in how to lose friends and alienate people.

A couple with way too much time on their hands has figured out a way to let their fish play Pokemon. It already has a Charmander, so it’s doing better than we ever could.

And in a mashup that warms the cockles of our dark little hearts, something that we didn’t know we were waiting our whole lives to see. Joy Division meets Star Trek. It is majestic.worf2

If you’re the type of person who loves to jailbreak or root your phone the second you buy a new one, take heart. President Obama signed a bill that made jailbreaking your phone no longer a crime.

Finally, because we HAVE to get at least one Monty Python reference in this week: The Monty Python guide to running a business (for entrepreneurs).

That’s all, folks! Enjoy your weekend.