Archive for Inspiration

Designspiration: 4.10.14

10 April 2014 | Add a comment

The FINE design team’s weekly recurring list o’ links to things that blend some creative juice into your mix.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was DESIGN LINKS.
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More Play for More People: Inspiring Inclusive Play

7 April 2014 | Comments Off

Welcome to the wonderful world of Harper’s Playground.

Harper’s Playground is an “inclusive” playground in Portland, Oregon designed for people and imaginations of all ages, abilities, and talents.

This playground completely disregards the typical playground model of cement, bark chips, weird plastic castle structures, and bucket swings. It does, however, encapsulate exciting adventures out in the wild, the wonders of the beach, group play, and fun for everyone.
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The Doctor is in…

31 March 2014 | Comments Off

Ah, Mondays… While we love the optimism of the beginning of a new week, Mondays can sometimes leave you jammed up with stress or flustered with frustration. We thought it would be fun to kick off THIS new week with a few quotes from the good doctor…  Dr. Seuss, that is.

Below are some of our favorite “Seuss-isms” to read when we need a reminder to relax and take a breather.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
― Dr. Seuss
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Our Pets on the Net: Ep. 14

27 March 2014 | Comments Off

If there’s one thing our staff has in common with the Internet, it’s that they both depend on pets. Pets reduce work-related stress. They inspire much brainywork. One look at them and all artifice slips away – they remind you you’re human. And the more human you are, the more superhuman work you do.

Each week we’ll introduce you to a 4-legged friend that keeps our high-flying agency down-to-earth. Because of good reasons. But mainly, we want our pets to be on the Internet.

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Tuesday Tech Links: 3.25.14

26 March 2014 | Comments Off

Our dev team’s weekly recurring links to resources and techy stuff that puts some geek in your week!

Next-gen graphics, the hottest Hollywood celebrities & a tax secret that the government doesn’t want you know about: those are all on somebody’s else’s list of links.  Instead, we present to you: the Tech Links!!!!!!!!!!
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Black Sheep In The Family

12 March 2014 | Comments Off

Many thanks to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for this new fixture in our office – an ongoing reminder that we run with their spirited, stylish flock.


Tuesday Tech Links 3.11.14

11 March 2014 | Comments Off

Our dev team’s weekly recurring links to resources and techy stuff that puts some geek in your week!

This week features a shorter list of tech links. Unfortunately that has apparently caused me to drone on more and more about each link in my little write-ups. So sorry for those of you hoping for a quick fix of tech links: this is definitely a slow-burn.
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Spring (your workspace) Forward!

10 March 2014 | Comments Off

Nothing recharges your creative battery like reinventing your workspace.
This week, take 10 – 20 minutes to do some spring cleaning to reawaken your inspiration. Clean up the clutter on and inside your desk. Recycle old files. Perhaps even add a plant or two. Go ahead and hit that computer desktop while you’re at it!

If you are having trouble getting started, check out some of our favorite go-to resources below:

The Three Piles Technique

Feng Shui at Work

Fantastic tips from Josh Spiro from Inc.

If you’re going really big and have a couple of hours to get organized, check out these awesome tips from Lifehacker.


Image courtesy of Apartment

Get Your Pencil Moving = Get Your Mind Moving

3 March 2014 | Comments Off

Although we’re a digital agency, much of our magic evolves from simple sketches on paper in our regular ol’ sketchbooks. The pages record discussions, foster new ideas, and allow creative exploration for all.

One very important thing to remember about sketchbooks: They’re not just for artists and designers. No matter who you are or what you do – problems arise, new ideas blossom, and a place is needed to keep track of your mind. Think of sketchbooks more like workbooks where you store ideas, instead of mysterious tools only “creatives” get to play with.
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a FINE Book Review: The Shape of Design

27 February 2014 | Comments Off

“Questions about How to do things improves the craft and elevates form, but asking Why unearths a purpose and develops a point of view.”

- Frank Chimero, The Shape Of Design

So many times in our lives we only see a very small part of a product. We are presented with something as it exists today and imagine that it came into the world as we see it. What often goes unnoticed, or forgotten, are the countless hours of struggle or seemingly effortless inspiration that were involved in creating it. Frank Chimero’s book The Shape Of Design does a wonderful job breaking down this process and helping us to understand what goes into making objects that we cherish and how we can align our process better to create a more desirable outcome, not just for ourselves, but also for the lives of everyone it touches.
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