Archive for Inspiration
20 January 2014 | Comments Off
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.
1 November 2013 | Comments Off
We hear that moustaches are a hit with the ladies in every month of the year, but throughout the month of Movember (formerly known as November), a group of FINE men will be growing stylin’ ‘staches in support of men’s health.
31 October 2013 | Comments Off
Storm Trooper in your hamlet? We’re loving the “War on Kinkade Series!”
Curated (and free!) stock photography sent out monthly.
Let’s band together against Photoshop banding with this simple action:
Smaller file sizes mean less load time and more happy websites. Here’s a handy tool to compress your .pngs:
Social media dimensions for content designers, a handy reference:
Browse through every Google font and family at once:
24 October 2013 | Comments Off
The Digital PM Summit is the first and only conference targeted specifically to Interactive Project Managers. It’s a role FINE PMs have filled for years. Last week in Philadelphia, a few of us finally had the chance to gather with 150 like-minded folks to share thoughts, processes, pain points, and celebrations.
27 September 2013 | Comments Off
Clarisonic’s mission to help their customers realize their best skin is written all over their new FINE website. To back their promise up, a major brand focus is making sure each Clarisonic customer has the know-how to best use the product long after their initial order. So FINE developed and produced a series of refined educational videos that help explain product features and uses.
20 September 2013 | Comments Off
Creating a rich “user experience” has become a key marketing objective for brands and businesses of all sizes. You’ve seen the acronyms IA and UX. Learn what they mean, what they involve, and the important role that each plays in designing digital experiences in these “20 FINE Slides.”
30 August 2013 | Comments Off
Celebrating our company’s spiritual connection to the mythical Sasquatch, we’ve created this highly-flattering line of Sasquatch-impersonation bandanas. And that’s inspired our first ever sales promotion.
7 August 2013 | Comments Off
When you spend your days immersed in digital, a visit to the most analog of destinations is good therapy. Now you too can get out and enjoy the precious remaining summer. FINE staff collected our favorite camping spots within a reasonable drive of our offices in San Francisco, Portland, and Traverse City – all with the potential for Sasquatch sightings – for you to explore and enjoy before the leaves change. Read the rest of this entry »
7 August 2013 | Comments Off
It’s been awhile since FINE moved into its new Portland digs. For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a tour, and a little background on how it came to be.
Moving On Up
Cozy. Comfortable. We increasingly heard these words from clients, friends, and colleagues in reference to the FINE’s first Portland home on Marshall Street. They’re good words, and reflective of the down home spirit we established in our San Francisco office long ago. But as our Portland team continued to grow, it was time to look for a new PDX home.
A larger space was just one of the factors we considered. Another ‘c’ word – collaboration – was equally important in our vision for a new workspace. Our goal was clear from the outset: Build a physical space that uniquely represents FINE’s growth and evolution, while creating a rich, collaborative environment that focuses on the sharing of ideas and facilitates our agency’s creative process.
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