Archive for Inspiration

Weekly Designspiration 2.6.14


6 February 2014 | Comments Off


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

The Manual (http://buy.alwaysreadthemanual.com/) is near the top of the list of required reading for any web designer these days. It’s a great collection of stories written by designers in the field that stays relatively quiet about what happens behind the curtain. It shares their triumphs and heart aches and aims to challenge your work. Published three times a year, this March will mark the release of the fourth edition. To celebrate, they have shared an article from the yet to be published guide.
http://alwaysreadthemanual.com/issues/4/wilson-miner/article
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Our Pets on the Internet: Ep.7


31 January 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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Weekly Designspiration 1.30.14


30 January 2014 | Comments Off

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

It doesn’t take a professional program to make professional work. Mondrian is a totally free, open source, vector based graphic illustration application based on professional tools like Adobe Illustrator. Users can create and export SVG files for use on the web or for anything else their hearts can imagine.

http://mondrian.io/
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Tuesday Tech Links 1.28.14


28 January 2014 | Comments Off

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

Choose your own tech link adventure!

You find yourself looking at a list of links.  You can either:

1) Read all the links except the first one, and find yourself enlightened and your romantic life wildly improved

2) Read only the first “TL;DR” tech link
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Our Pets on the Internet: Ep. 6


24 January 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.
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Weekly Designspiration 1.23.14


23 January 2014 | Comments Off

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

Presenting The Amazing Pattern Library; a collection of patterns made by top designers for anyone to download and use freely for anything from a new website background or wallpaper in their house.
http://thepatternlibrary.com/

Creative Action Network has partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to bring back the love of our state parks. Much like the WPA of the Roosevelt era, the goal is to showcase the beauty of art and our treasured land to celebrate the upcoming centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.
http://seeamericaproject.com/

AIGA celebrates 100 years by taking us on a journey through the history and influence of graphic design.
http://celebratedesign.org
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Tuesday Tech Links 1.21.14


21 January 2014 | Comments Off

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

This is a large list of tech links!

Our dev team has been spending some time thinking & reading about code standards in anticipation of writing our own document. Here are a couple nice guides for this week:
https://github.com/bbatsov/rails-style-guide
https://github.com/bbatsov/ruby-style-guide

Speaking of code standards… It’s generally a best practice to use 2-space indents in your code. Whoever is responsible for that standard is a loser who sucks. Sadly it’s still the standard, so here are a couple articles going into slightly further detail:
http://lea.verou.me/2012/01/why-tabs-are-clearly-superior/
http://opensourcehacker.com/2012/05/13/never-use-hard-tabs/

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be KIND to one another


21 January 2014 | Comments Off

As fuel for maximum productivity and happiness, it’s hard to beat KIND bars. Our supplies dwindled to distress levels over the holidaze, but the first order of the New Year has arrived. And now all is right with the world again. Read the rest of this entry »

A “Day On” For MLK


20 January 2014 | Comments Off

Today, the FINE offices are closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. But let’s not call it a day off. Whether it’s volunteering, or just spending a moment remembering what the day’s all about, it’s more of a “day on”. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Pets on the Internet: Ep. 5


17 January 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.

FINE 4-Legged Friend: Captain Reynolds

FINE 2-Legged Owner: Mark Hoffmann

Captain Reynolds is a six year-old kitty.  Because of his pointed coloration, large, muscular frame and gentle temperament, Captain Reynolds is assumed to be a Ragdoll, a breed created in California in the 1960′s by some crazy cat lady.  Captain Reynolds is very focused on cleanliness; he cleans himself nearly constantly while awake and will often clean any people or other cats who pass by.  Captain Reynolds drinks heavily.