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Dispatches From The Spry Hive: Week 23

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
– Muhammad Ali

Around Spry

If you work in the nonprofit world you won’t want to miss the Gateway Conference on Philanthropy, happening Aug 31 at the St. Charles Convention Center. This event, put on by the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will feature a keynote by Strange Donuts and Strange Cares co-founder Jason Bockman, and a talk by Spry Digital co-founder Sheila Burkett. Spry Digital will also be introducing our nonprofit solution OpenDonorCRM, a hosted website and donor/member management solution for nonprofits.


If you love typography like we do, you’ll want to add this poster featuring the anatomy of type to your wishlist.

Web Design & Development

If you like Sketch but have been frustrated by their upgrade paths, they’ve listened and will moving towards a license fee model.

For many, creating responsive websites means creating a lot of overhead. Ethan Marcotte talks about simplifying the process in his talk “Laziness in the time of Responsive Web Design” for An Event Apart.

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Courtesy: Browser Calories

Does your website need to be on a diet? [Browser Calories]

Color contrast testing is an important aspect of web design but has remained largely subjective. This article explains how to use your browser’s inspect tools to determine actual contrast ratios.

Drag and drop selectors are coming to CSS4.

Always be learning with these web design podcasts.


How an overfed fish and a one star Yelp review led to 1M lawsuit.

Courtesy: Data DUO Kickstarter

For those that like making spaced out sounds on a synthesizer but feel it’s a bit of a loner activity, we bring you the Data DUO, a synth for two.

There is 1.2 billion dollars loaded onto Starbucks cards. That is a lot of coffee, friends.

Who says that a liberal arts degree isn’t useful? This author shares how reading and other creative endeavors can make you a better coder.

In Memoriam

This week we saw the passing of a giant. Muhammad Ali touched so many lives and people from all faiths and nations, but perhaps none more than his personal penpal of more than 30 years.

Enjoy this collection of our favorite gifs from the larger-than-life man:

Muhammad Ali was finally laid to rest in his home state of Kentucky with more than 100,000 fans in attendance.

More from the Spry Hive next week. Until then, float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 48

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

Hi all, and thanks for dropping in to kick-off the ever-busy month of December. With the holiday season really revving-up we’ve got plenty of new, shiny goodies to share, so let’s get to it.

Star Wars

As we all know by now, The Force is about to awaken soon with a new Star Wars film. Now that we’ve gotten everyone’s attention, here’s a couple appetizers while we wait patiently until December of 2015. The Lego version of the trailer goes lock-step with the official version, even down to the length. Special effects appear to be a tad cheaper, however.

Then there’s this collection of the best parodies of the trailer, offering-up seven different twists.


Some just crazy news filtering-in that the recent SONY Pictures hack was even worse than everyone thought. There was a heap of exposed info released in the first 40 GB of data leaked by hackers, including movie scripts, employee social security numbers and passwords, and the word is there remains a total of 100 terabytes. Ouch.

Apple wants to help you avoid breaking your phone screen. So much so, that it has filed for a patent to design iPhones so that they actually rotate as they fall.

Lumino City, Source = COLOSSAL

“Handmade” and “Paper’ aren’t typically words you associate with modern video games, but Lumino City may change that. It’s producers created each set or “puzzle” by hand and then coded it. You’ll have to see to believe.


Sick of all those snooty baristas? Well, Starbuck’s is dreaming-up a new ordering service which lets you avoid dealing with another human entirely. Welcome news, as we already have far too much human interaction these days as it is.

Speaking of avoiding humans, Amazon has launched a food takeout and delivery service to compete with the likes of GrubHub and others. The service was made available as an app in the Seattle area last week with plans to expand.

For those of us who love to snooze, a new app called iCukoo offers a way to turn those unproductive minutes into charity. Essentially each time you snooze you rack up “debits” toward a charitable donation.

Web Development

For twenty-four days each December, 24ways.org publishes a friendly daily dose of web design and development help. If you’d like to learn a little more about what we do, have a look at the first part here.

How would you redo the Google interface? This was the question posed to four different designers and you can read their interesting and diverse answers here.


Copy in digital products is very important but it can also be very difficult to get right. Content Snippets collects specific copy examples from different websites and applications to provide inspiration for writing professionals.

Legos tend to draw-up a lot of nostalgia in many people. When we came across this manufacturer’s letter from Lego to parents in the 1970’s we were tickled.

So that’s it for the first week of December. As always, there will be much more in store next week and we hope you’ll join us then for another go-round.