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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Summit Partners: Helping Entrepreneurs Help Themselves


4 March 2014 | Comments Off

 

Summit Partners is a global leader in growth equity and credit investing for rapidly growing companies. They have a long and storied history, and their existing website had become content-intensive over time as a function of keeping pace with their evolution. Without losing site of a strong track record, they needed a new digital presence to re-focus on their core message to high growth companies: We can help you grow even more.

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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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Our Pets on the Net: Ep. 11


27 February 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 2.27.14


27 February 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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FINE Adventure Club: GoKarts!


26 February 2014 | Comments Off


The FINE Adventure Club took a little trip to SyKart Indoor Racing Center for a wild and crazy evening of gokart racing! We had a total blast and Project Director, Jeff Williamson, proved to us all that he is the most ruthless “King of the Track”- coming in first place for all three of our races.
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Our Pets on the Net: Ep. 10


21 February 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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Chateau Ste. Michelle and Cakebread Cellars Raise a Glass to “Best in Class”


20 February 2014 | Comments Off

We are proud to congratulate Chateau Ste. Michelle and Cakebread Cellars on receiving “Best in Class” awards for their FINE websites at the 2013 Interactive Media Awards.

The Interactive Media Awards (IMA) is an international awards competition recognizing excellence in web design, development, marketing and innovation. The “Best in Class” award is the highest honor bestowed by the IMA, recognizing the very best in planning, execution and overall professionalism. Now that’s a good reason to raise a glass! Salud!

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