Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 32

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

This week kicked off with rumor that Windows 10 had already reached 67 million machines, but Microsoft quickly quashed the tall-tale, announcing on Monday that the launch period actually saw about 18 million machines upgraded. We saw more than just rumor throughout the week, though, as Lexus’ hoverboard resurfaced and Jon Stewart made his final appearance on The Daily Show. So, hopefully you can find something to enjoy as we dig into this week’s news!

Tech

Just a few weeks ago we found ourselves drooling over the images and concepts of a real-life hoverboard announced by Lexus. Now, making some of us question reality, the popular luxury-car company has released the first video demonstration of their seemingly impossible device.

Web

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to come up with a color scheme, then we’ve found the website for you! Generating colors that looks sit well next to each other, either randomly or based on personal selections you’ve locked into place, Coolors.co is a great web-tool to use on your next project.

Design

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Source = Microsoft

The Apple Watch has been available for a little over three months, and we are finally beginning to see more third-party applications appear in the Apple Store. One of the biggest issues slowing down the production of applications for their smartwatch is simply trying to design a user friendly experience. That might be a thing in the past, at least for email clients, as, according to MacWorld, the design of Microsoft’s Outlook app shows other companies how it’s supposed to be done.

Pulling together as many icon fonts as possible, fellow designer and developer Tim Pietrusky has made it easier than ever to find, select, and integrate icons into your next web page. We really suggest you check it out because we love icon fonts!

Development

When it comes to implementing truly original and creative design on a website, most developers will agree that there are a plethora of issues that can arise, especially around Graphical Text Effects. Well, Sara Soueidan, a freelance front-end web developer, has reached out through Adobe’s blog to help you weigh out the pros and cons of solving these problems using SVG vs. CSS.

Are you looking to create a more formal web articles that elegantly and effectively utilizes data-driven graphics, tables, and side-notes? Well then look no further than Tufte CSS, a grouping of tools that will make it easy to style your next publication.

Misc.

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Photo by: Anuar Patjane Floriuk

After receiving and sorting through over 17,000 entries, National Geographic has finally chosen a winner for their yearly Travel Photo Contest. While the selected photo is expectedly stunning, one can find just as much beauty and excitement inside the photographer’s story.

Fans of Star Trek will be delighted to hear that actress Nichelle Nichols, famously known as Lt. Nyota Uhura, will be teaming up with NASA this coming September. Joining the crew aboard NASA’s newest, flying telescope, SOFIA, she will become one of the first humans to take on an active role in one of the agency’s projects as ‘non-essential personnel’.

In a teary-eyed celebration of the cast and crew behind the comedic genius of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart hosted his final show last night, bidding his adoring fans a fond farewell. While his departure certainly marks the end of a legendary, side-splitting era, we can rest assured that we haven’t seen or heard the last of him, yet.


Well, there we have it folks. This week’s news sent us looking to the stars as a Sci-Fi icon makes her way through the atmosphere and left us holding on for dear life as we try hovering for the first time. So, go forth, enjoy the weekend, and try not to get stuck in Philadelphia over the weekend or else you might end up like poor Hitchbot.

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