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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

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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.”


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.


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.


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 2015: Week 45

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Halloween may have been this past weekend, but that didn’t stop the working world. In fact, the holiday provided plenty of inspiration for designers, developers, and, of course, the internet. So, try not to fall out of your seats, and enjoy another week of the Spry Hive.


Superman isn’t the only one who can see through walls anymore, as developers at MIT have harnessed the superpower using wifi.


Source = Naval Research Laboratory

Move aside, Glass. Furthering the legacy of Star Trek, Dr. Jas Sanghera has proven the feasibility of transparent aluminum.

Web & Apps

Step up your internet game with the ultimate Gif dance party.

If you’ve never heard of Basecamp, it’s about time to catch up. As of Nov. 3rd, Basecamp 3 is already available.

Have you been a fan of Snapchat’s sense of anonymity? Well, the company just reserved the rights to store your selfies.

Evidently, after luring customers into using OneDrive with unlimited storage, Microsoft has decided to drop the too good to be true offer, resetting the max limit at 1 Terabyte.


Love the design of historic artifacts? Take a look at the Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers on Tumblr.


Mike Wasowski

Source = Go Monster Project

Acknowledging how creative our kids can be, the designers at Go Monster Project have created some stunning digital renditions of monster drawings from children.


If you haven’t already heard, Drupal 8 will finally be released on November 19th! Join the celebration and find a release party near you.

Bring the weather to your users with Rain & Water Effects.

Interested in learning more about Apple’s cryptography?

Responsiveness is taking over the web, so be sure you keep up on all your CSS, jQuery, and JavaScript.

Front-end development has been, well… developing. So, what do we know now about the community?


Watch out now, studies say your cat may want to kill you!


Before NASA held another major press conference this week, the US Space agency put out an open call for the next generation of astronauts that will guide humanity to Mars.

So, as you can see, the holiday weekend did everything but hinder the week’s productivity. Hopefully you found something worth sharing with friends and family. Don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 38

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Roller coasters and preteens weren’t the only ones breaking records and setting precedents this week, so enjoy another dose of the Spry Hive and catch up on all the news!


feeling prosthetic

Source = Darpa

This week in Tech brought quite a touching story… Researchers at Johns Hopkins have developed a neural prosthetic that returns the sensation of touch to its owner.

This one on the other hand… has us seeing red.


Users Beware: Some websites are beginning to identify and strike back against those running ad blockers.

Facebook is finally developing a dislike button, but they are exploring options that would make the feature less alienating and more empathetic.


Facebook empathy design

Source = Wired

Almost immediately after Facebook spoke their piece, designers jumped right into the challenge of designing empathy.

Your design team becoming too chummy and designs too processed? Don’t forget that it’s okay to fight with each other.

Life becomes stagnant when learning is no longer constant, so check out these 50 books every web designer should read.


It’s no secret that the Web has been held together with popsicle sticks and glue. It’s been a fun ride, HTTP, but it’s time to move on.

Forked a repo and can’t get up? You may need first aid for git.

Web designers, ensure that you’re pleasing users instead of making them sick. Take these resources for a spin and learn how to make your animations more accessible.


Our stomachs are already dropping and turning at the sight of Cedar Point’s newest world-record breaking roller coaster.

What is this magic? Trust us when we say your life will change after trying these cotton candy grapes.

Forget the gondola men of Venice. Visit Osaka, but not without your wasabi! Evidently, the city’s turned their river into a conveyor belt of floating sushi.

Space exploration is inherently exciting, but we were on the edge of our seats reading about these two preteens who sent a homemade ship to the edge of space.

So, keep an eye out for giant balloons in the atmosphere and new features on Facebook. Don’t forget to stop by next week, as it will surely bring even more exciting news!

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 30

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

We survived National Hot Dog day and Batman Day. We did do our patriotic duty and ate hot dogs for lunch and we shopped local at our neighborhood independent comic book shop for the latest Batman comic. We even attended the Internet Cat Video Festival, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like in the best possible way. The internet IS truly made of cats and we dearly love the internet.

Here’s our roundup for this week’s news for developers, designers, social media, and random bits of fun.


Code School is a startup that’s investing in a massive gamification of coding education. Using jingles and online games, they aim to get anyone interested in learning code, but specifically are looking toward young girls and minorities. They want to transform coding for the masses. Apparently, Google sees a lot of promise in their business model – they announced a partnership with them at Google I/O.

Google’s redesign of Google Docs gives us a sneak peek of Google’s new design language – Material Design. We mentioned Material Design a few weeks ago when it was introduced at Google I/O.  Now, Docs is much more streamlined and turns user interface into a physical object. We’re in to it. What do you think?

If you can’t wait to get your hands on Apple’s Yosemite, the beta came out this week. Here’s how to install it. Use this knowledge responsibly.

Design and Content

A great landing page is the perfect marriage of elegant code and engaging design. And we’ve all seen some pretty cringe-worthy ones. Everything should lead toward the conversion – what do you want your audience to do or take away from your site? This article from the Page Fights podcast peeps picked apart 20 landing pages for their success or failure (that were owner-submitted) and offered insights that everyone will find helpful.

Even the best writers need another set of eyes to look at their content, even if they don’t admit it. Clear language boosts audience engagement and separates the USA Todays from the Dostoevskys of the world. One of our content writers has recommended the Hemingway App Chrome extension before and it has proved useful for proofreading and gauging reading level. Now, they’ve made their program available as a Desktop app. All the great features, plus available offline and adds the ability to save your work.

For you typography fans, we loved this art project that cleverly arranges mail to recreate iconic fonts in a visual representation.

Social Media

We know that cat photos are one of the building blocks of the internet, but they also give away a lot of data on their owners. “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” is a computer project that can identify where pet owners live based on data encrypted within the photo of dear Mr. Fluffy. I bet you never considered your cat guilty of espionage.


Foursquare made news this week by unveiling its new makeover and finally giving us a better idea of the game plan following the appearance of sister-site, Swarm, in May. The new Foursquare ditches the check-in in favor of offering users recommended places to go based on their location. If you’re really itching to check-in somewhere, you’ll have to use Swarm for your fix after this week. Bad news? Say goodbye to earning badges. But we don’t need no stinkin’ badges.


Facebook is still facing some flack from the reveal last month that they were experimenting on users without their consent. If you ever feel like you want to cut the cord from Facebook, this social experiment gives you a way to do just that (with your permission, of course).  99 Days of Freedom encourages users to ditch the service for just over three months and see how they feel. Tempting, isn’t it?

But then Facebook goes and introduces the ability to save links and other interesting bits from your feed to check out later. We can’t say we’d mind that additional usability feature. Could this mean they’re eyeing Pocket (formerly Read It Later) next in their slow march toward internet domination?

Miscellaneous Bits (Mostly Science)

Turns out, our miscellaneous links from this week are nearly all super nerdy, but we’re ok with that.

Under 24 hours after a photo of a pretty blase lizard was posted on Reddit, it became a pretty solid meme thanks to PhotoShop. Check out some of the best incarnations of the unimpressed lizard meme.

The Guardian paper asked a bunch of scientists what would happen when robots gained sentience and took over the world and made a video of their answers. This is a serious question, people. We need to be prepared for Skynet. Forewarned is forearmed.

Speaking of super esoteric theoretical science – we present to you the in depth biology of the Sarlacc.

I bet just about any of you can identify the Millennium Falcon, but what about other Hollywood space ships? We admit, we did pretty well on the quiz. Office record was 9/10.

And finally, to bring this whole bit back to earth, take a look inside the workstation of the NASA computers that launched the Apollo missions. 45 years ago this week, it was pretty fly for it’s day. Not like this dual monitor set up, but then again, what is? So swag it hertz.

dual monitors

Another week, another SpryHive! We like keeping up with the current trends relevant to our interests. We hope you like reading them just as much! See you next week.