Archive for Tools, Resources

Designspiration 4.3.14


3 April 2014 | Comments Off

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

We think music is important to the creative process. The new Spotify redesign just dropped today, and boy does it look pretty! If you haven’t check it out yet, now is a great time to start.

http://news.spotify.com/us/2014/04/02/spotify-paints-it-black-with-new-look/
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The Photography Breakdown: A Photo Shoot’s Best Friend


3 April 2014 | 1 comment

Images make the World Wide Web go around. They’re the visual shorthand that helps users understand your brand emotionally and find information they need logically.The challenge is making sure the many images you have in mind to populate a website meld with what the photographer shoots.

Guiding imagery overall can be advanced Art Director stuff. But leaving aside other issues (selecting photographers, talent, defining brand image style, and usage rights), here’s how to break down images in a brief that guides a shoot, whether you’re on site or not. Put simply, it’s how to use your words to get your pictures.

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Tuesday Tech Links 4.1.14


1 April 2014 | Comments Off

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

These Tech Links were tricked into attending a developer meeting and then they all got blogged.  If only they’d been a trifle less arrogant…
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Extra! Extra! The new FINE Extranet is here!


1 April 2014 | Comments Off

 

We’ve recently updated and launched our new Extranet.

What’s the Extranet?

It’s a tool we’ve built to organize and handle all of our files and presentations from which we present our FINE work to stakeholders. Our old system was, well…old, and it was time to modernize. The new Extranet is prettier, fancier, and has more bells and whistles. We think it will help us work with you better than ever.
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Designspiration 3.27.14


27 March 2014 | Comments Off

 

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

♫ Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality.

Open your eyes,
Look up to the skies and see ♫

DESIGN LINKS!
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Weekly Designspiration 3.20.14


20 March 2014 | Comments Off

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, Design Links!

Tuesday Tech Links 3.18.14


17 March 2014 | Comments Off

…As I was sayin’, we was all gathered around the fire for warmth when a stranger picked up a guitar and started to sing these here tech links:

jQuery Validation is a tried-and-true champ of a plugin finally getting the recognition it deserves here in the tech links.  We thought it was worth mentioning that 1) this plugin is really good and 2) it’s 8 years old and the site for it still says “this site is a work in progress”.  Wunderbar!

http://jqueryvalidation.org/documentation/
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Weekly Designspiration 3.13.14


13 March 2014 | Comments Off

The FINE design team’s weekly recurring list o’ links to things that blend some creative juice into your mix.
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Designspiration 3.6.14


6 March 2014 | Comments Off

 

Research shows that background noise can increase creativity. But your neighbors loud Norwegian black metal can also stifle it. Pick and customize your perfect ambiance and get those juices flowing.

http://soundrown.com/

Check out the back story and resolve some “HOW DID THEY DO THAT?!” to the truly striking opening credits of True Detective.

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/true-detective/
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Tuesday Tech Links 3.4.14


4 March 2014 | Comments Off

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

It’s a fat pack of tech links!!!  This is a couple weeks worth of links, and we’ve decided to try and pare down our list in the future, so all the tech link junkies in the world will likely want to really cherish and enjoy this list of absolutely stunningly relevant and educational tech links.

While James was sunning himself in Hawaii he amused himself by pretending to be working for a few minutes, just so he could then close his laptop suddenly and declare “I’m done with this crap!” and go back to napping.  I guess at some point he found this link, which looks like a pretty sweet pjax JS library that pre-loads links when people hover over them in addition to the usual pjax goodness:
http://instantclick.io/
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