Tag: UI

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 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 2016: Week 15

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 week opened with an addition to our creative team, Jay Yerxa. Jay is Spry Digital’s new Sr. Digital Art Director. Warm welcome, Jay!


The rest of the week was filled with celebration as Spry Digital turned 6 years old! On Wednesday, our festivities took us to the ever-delicious Clementine’s Creamery. Above you can see part of the team after indulging in a little too much ice cream!

Web Design & Development

Laugh in the face of your web development & programming woes with these brilliantly hilarious coding inspired captions paired with classical paintings.

Discover why all client questions, both the commonly easy and challenging ones, are as much a part of UX/UI as user testing itself in Orr Shtuhl’s “Looking for ‘Trouble’” on A List Apart.

Faster image loading and responsive preview are just two of many new features in WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”, which is now available and named after jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.

Learn all there is to know about content quality audits and how they can rejuvenate your website with Content Strategy Inc.

Continue indulging in web design topics with the Top 10 Web Design Readings for April 2016 by Mybridge Design.


Discussing & keeping track of individual topics in Slack just got a whole lot easier as the company announced that they are bringing threaded messaging to the application.

Find the solutions to your design problems as Bloomberg has brought together 25 original thinkers in The Design Issue 2016.


Microsoft is officially joining Apple in the fight against the government secretly accessing citizen’s emails, suing the U.S. Department of Justice.

Check out the data behind about 2000 screenplay scripts and uncover what it means about the current state of film.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good 404 page or people who are able to laugh at themselves? Well, you’ll find both when you can’t find what you’re looking for on Hillary Clinton’s website.

That wraps up the news of the week. Don’t forget to stop by next week for more from the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 49

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The arrival of December means ridiculous deals & great gift ideas, a mad rush to hit end of the year deadlines, and (thankfully) plenty of cheer & laughter. So, sit back and try to relax as we take you through this week’s news in another edition of the Spry Hive!


Shopping for a designer or web specialist these holidays? Help them geek out with these brilliantly curated gifts.

Fancy bringing your feline anywhere you go? Check out these awesome cat packs that
lets your cat travel like an astronaut.



Source = The Verge

Ever wonder how wifi signals make it from the router to the palm of your hands? Well, now you can see for yourself with this amazing app that visualizes your waves of wifi.

Web Design & Development

If you haven’t heard already, Adobe Flash Professional is getting a makeover in 2016 and will be reborn as Adobe Animated CC.

Sketch also made a major announcement this week. Mac users will now have to download and update the program directly from Sketch as they have pulled out of the Mac App Store.

Interface designers have been embracing a softer look and feel in their designs, and nowhere is it more evident than in these lovely examples from the 100 Days of UI Challenge. You can also download the UI kit to use on your next project.


Source – It’s a Shape Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is merely mediocre without the joy of an advent calendar. Web professionals have more to choose from this year with 10 advent calendars for web designers and devs.

Hone your CSS Flexbox skills with a fun game, Flexbox Froggy.


While they are still one of the world’s biggest polluters, China once again invested more money into Clean Energy than anyone else. That said, Bill Gates is evidently preparing to create a multi-billion dollar fund for Clean Energy here in the States.

Bike theft is no joke either, especially in Europe. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with would-be-thieves though.


Source = Exploding Kittens

The delivery might be cartoony and cute (in The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman’s typical style), but the problem is no laughing matter. Head over to Exploding Kittens to learn more about lowering the number of Kitty Convicts.

Speaking of convicts, US Marshals hopped on the Cyber Monday bandwagon with great deals on forfeited assets.

Hopefully this gave you a tidbit of knowledge, news, or laughter to share with your friends and family this weekend. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to grab another dose of the Spry Hive next Friday.

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 33

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

Happy Friday! We’ve got your weekly roundup of all that’s awesome from the week. As usual, there’s something for everyone. Pull up a seat!

Social Media

If you’re passionate about cultivating a Twitter following, don’t get too excited about all those new followers. Twitter admits that as many as 23 million of its active users are actually bots.  Granted, some of them are amazing and inexplicable. But most are just annoying.

And here’s a bunch of times Facebook’s targeted advertising became both hilarious and disturbing. Thinking twice about that ad blocking software?

Ever wonder how Facebook decides to recommend pages for you with the targeted advertising? One writer experimented by liking everything for two days to get a better understanding of the algorithm.  What’s surprising is just how quickly it manages to snowball.

Speaking of Facebook, if you’re holding out on downloading the Messenger app and you happen to have an iPhone, you might just have a workaround. Lucky you.

And there’s a new app on the market if you’ve already burned out on Snapchat and Yo. The “Sup” app lets you get a 10 second live video of your friends when they accept your ‘sup?!’ message by turning on their phone. Is this the natural progression of social media oversharing or pretty darn awesome?

Development & Tech

Remember Dwarf Fortress? The granddaddy of Minecraft is changing how NYC’s MoMA defines and preserves “art”. We are huge fans.

If you’re looking for more online resources to brush up on, or begin your journey in to development, you might want to check out Udacity.

Are you a Wes Anderson fan like we are? Some pretty clever parallels between his movie-making ethos and good UX/UI.

This week we saw the roll out of the US Digital Service. A direct result of the overhaul on healthcare.gov, the US Digital Service “works to find solutions to management challenges that can prevent progress in IT delivery” and deliver a customer-focused government through smarter IT.

Sometimes, responsive design can get a bad rap – critics cite slow load times and bloated code. Is that true?

The majority of the Spry team is made of avid readers and we’ve come up with various ways to keep our libraries mobile and instantly accessed with tablets and Kindles. We enjoyed this look at the evolution of the Kindle and why the Kindle is eking closer to the 10 principles of good design.


A barbaric yawp will be heard in World of Warcraft. Following a fan petition, the MMORPG will be adding a Robin Williams NPC to honor the actor and avid WoW player. He was one of us. Bangarang, good sir.

It’s one thing to get worked up about a faceless tech company using you as its guinea pig (we see you, Facebook), but what about your boss? Two Dutch designers decided to try an open office experiment on a bunch of freelancers.  We inadvertently learn a lot about just how much people will put up with, as well as how important perks are to a work environment.


The two entries in “We Freaking Love the Internet!” this week: Cat Sushi and Slug Solos. No cats were harmed in the making of the sushi. We make no promises on the slugs, but they probably ended up with at least a few groupies. (Just kidding, they are clearly ‘Shopped.  We can tell by the pixels. We’re experts.)

Don’t try to hide a body using Siri. Come on, guys. Siri-ously? (Sorry, we’ll see ourselves out.)

Thanks for catching up with us and SpryHive. Have a delightful weekend! We’re back to the grindstone next week stirring up new articles and nimble web solutions just for you!

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 26

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Happy Friday, all! We’re past the summer equinox as of last weekend and the days are slowly getting shorter. This week marks the midpoint of the year on the calendar as well.  To celebrate, we’re bringing you yet another edition of SpryHive. We know you just couldn’t wait.

Developer News

Quick Hits

Google I/O

Google’s annual developers conference, Google I/O, kicked off this week. Packing more news than anticipated in to Wednesday’s conference, Google covered the bases of highly technical web, mobile, and enterprise technologies. The biggest takeaway from this year’s keynote was ANDROID. Android Everywhere. Android Auto. Wearable Android. Android TV.

Seriousness aside, they also branded cardboard. No joke. Google Cardboard is a cheap, DIY version of the Occulus Rift.

In other news, Google’s Project Ara could be the next big thing. By completely reworking how the smartphone is structured, Google is hoping to change how we interact with our phones. Imagine a free, open hardware platform to create a modular phone that does exactly what you want, upgrading individual pieces rather than swapping out the whole phone.  It could be a revolution in next-gen UI.

Coding for the Future

There are more and more clever ways to get kids engaged early to learn code. The next generation will grow up knowing how to write a string of code just as intuitively as the previous one could get online (or the one before that knew how to program a VCR). From board games for children to robots for toddlers, companies are finding ways to raise bilingual kids – fluent in their native language and code. More importantly, these companies are figuring out how to market their pricey products to parents.

Marketing News

Audience Behavior

Not to reopen the bloody “gif or jif” battle, but it seems there is a wide variety of accepted pronunciations and words for common tech terms. Find out how your audience uses them. On a similar vein, we also have a statistical analysis of common smiley emoticons. What does this all mean?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Social Media

We helped you out recently to create banner images for the new Facebook company pages. Here’s a great resource for creating engaging Facebook ads.


Finally, a mobile game app based on Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. No Spam yet, but we can still hope.

If you like visualizing information, this brilliant site will show you the relative scale of the everything from the tiniest atom to the limits of the known universe.

If that information has you reeling, try this refreshing summer cocktail. While we just missed Negroni Week, this variant won’t disappoint.

That does it for this week’s SpryHive.  Kick back, relax, and rest up. Next week we get to start it all over again. Try to keep up!


Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 3

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We can’t believe January is half over already.  2014 is already amazing, huge, and knocking it out of the park! We’re all really excited to see where this new year takes us.  This week’s SpryHive covers troubleshooting and some intriguing tidbits for entrepreneurs, as well as the usual delightfully strange.

  1. ICYMI: Troubleshooting Facebook’s plugin for WordPress.
  2. The shiniest monitor for programmers.
  3. A couple Chrome apps to made dev life easier, one for jQuery Audits and one for APIs.
  4. You, too, can be  “z0MG 1337 h4x0rz” just like Hollywood super spies! Mission TOTALLY Possible.
  5. Trick for making idiot proof interfaces? Imagine the user is drunk.
  6. Google’s teaming up with automakers to bring Android to your next car.
  7. How Facebook’s “Pay to Play” strategy hurts your marketing efforts.
  8. Everyone starts somewhere. What entrepreneurs do differently.
  9. Startups benefit from employee engagement more than anyone. Invest up front.
  10. A helpful command line interface for WordPress
  11. Some of Google’s best Easter Eggs.

Hope these help! If you find something particularly useful, please let us know in the comments.



Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 50

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

It’s been a while.  It doesn’t mean we don’t love you – it just means we’ve been super busy! As you’ve no doubt noticed, there have been a lot of awesome changes around the Spry offices.  Trust that we’re still working hard and geeking hard, as always.  Here’s what’s grabbed our fancy this week:

  1. If you feel like getting Sassy, front-end developers, here’s some shortcuts for Sassy math and handy Sass organization.
  2. Cool stuff you can do with css and javascript.
  3. A browser based responsive drum machine. We’re gettin’ the band back together! Party on, dudes.
  4. Looking for a flat UI design? We think these from Designmodo are slick.
  5. Speaking of site builds, have you seen the new WordPress update, Parker?
  6. We are loving ish 2.0 viewpoint reszing tool. I mean, it has something called “Disco mode”!
  7. “MAKE THE LOGO BIGGER!” Well, ok then.
  8. ICYMI: Instagram announced Instagram Direct, letting you filter your shares as well as your painfully twee, ultra hip latte.
  9. The workday goes by much more quickly when you’re rocking out.  Incredibox helps.
  10. If you ever need a hug, look no further than The Nicest Place on the Internet.
  11. The latest trending links from Twitter with Latest.is
  12. Half the office is giddy over the new Cards Against Humanity holiday pack. At least one of them got coal.

Don’t forget to be good. Santa’s watching.