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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The Kimpton iPad Sales Sidekick: A High Tech App For A High Touch Brand


23 January 2014 | Comments Off

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has always been a “high touch” brand – it’s part of what made them a pioneer in boutique hospitality.

A new iPad-based application gives the Kimpton sales team a valuable tool to extend that personal touch to the process of working with clients to book events, meetings, weddings, and groups. In the process, it creates another milestone in FINE’s ongoing work with Kimpton to bring their signature style to all key brand touch-points. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

 

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T.Y. Lin International: Connecting A Global Brand with An International Audience


16 January 2014 | Comments Off

A new functionality enhancement to the already oft-awarded T.Y. Lin International website will help cement their global presence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekly Designspiration: 1.16.14


16 January 2014 | Comments Off

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

The new year means new awesome annual report type-things to see. Mail Chimp’s 2013 By The Numbers doesn’t dissapoint!
http://mailchimp.com/2013/#by-the-numbers

Warby Parker’s is also a must-see.
http://www.warbyparker.com/annual-report-2013/

Solaroids by Jeff McClane is an enchanting series of photographs, produced with large format Fuji instant film. They are absolutely stunning!
http://www.booooooom.com/2013/07/08/solaroids-by-jeff-mclane/

Get your fix of retro inspired typography from Alex Fowkes.
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/alex-fowkes

Have you seen Codrops’ Blueprints? There’s some handy-dandy stuff there, folks.
http://tympanus.net/codrops/category/blueprints/

Spice! Spice everywhere.
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/the-sound-of-taste-slow-motion-spice-bag-explosions-synchronized-with-music/

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The Holiday Gift That Wasn’t: Part 2


16 January 2014 | Comments Off

When last we spoke, FINE was confronted with our first ever holiday gift crisis. Our simple yet elegant notebook delivery wasn’t up to production snuff. But the question remained: whatever shall we do?

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